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Does knowledge and awareness of oral cancer signs and symptoms in at-risk individuals improve the likelihood of early attendance for screening in an area experiencing high mortality rates in developing countries?


   Centre for Public Health

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  Dr Lawrence Achilles Nnyanzi  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Early detection and treatment of oral cancer, when lesions are small and localised, is believed to be the most effective means to improve survival and reduce hospital costs and duration of treatment. Although it is important to improve the awareness of all sectors of society, it is more crucial to target those where the incidence of disease is high. In order to develop effective approaches to meet this goal, the attitudes and beliefs of individuals at high risk should be understood first and then this knowledge used to design an effective intervention that will facilitate early diagnosis. This study would seek to engage with high risk groups, through focus group discussions, to identify knowledge and awareness of oral cancer signs and symptoms, and identify the factors which might contribute to improved screening uptake. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online for this opportunity at: https://e-vision.tees.ac.uk/si_prod/userdocs/web/apply.html?CourseID=1191

Please use the Online Application (Funded PHD) application form for the year starting ‘October 2021’. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter ‘RDS’ and the title of the PhD project that you are applying for. You should ensure that you clearly indicate that you are applying for a Funded Studentship and the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title for each application to a topic or project.

Applications for studentships that do not clearly indicate that the application is for a Funded Studentship and state the title of the project applied for on the proposal may mean that your application may not be considered for the appropriate funding.

For academic enquiries, please contact Dr Lawrence Achilles Nnyanzi [Email Address Removed].

For administrative enquiries before or when making your application, contact [Email Address Removed]


Funding Notes

The Fees-Paid PhD studentship will cover all tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years. Successful applicants who are eligible will be able to access the UK Doctoral Loan scheme https://www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan to support with living costs. The Fully Funded PhD Studentship covers tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applicants who are employed and their employer is interested in funding a PhD, can apply for a Collaborative Studentship
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