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Exploring the Impact of Film Screenings in Care Home Communities: An Interdisciplinary, Applied Investigation into the Impact upon Wellbeing of Residents

School of Humanities

About the Project

This is an inter-disciplinary PhD project that brings together Film Studies and Health Sciences, calling for applied research that will have a tangible impact for care delivery and improving residents’ quality of life. The project will explore the emotional, physical, and social benefits of screening films in care homes. Building upon the supervisors’ research in this area, the student will engage with care home residents and staff, as well as regulatory bodies in the care industry, to evaluate the impact of screenings across a range of Scottish homes. Key to the project is an evaluation of the supervisors’ Film in Care improvement resource (supported by the Care Inspectorate, spring 2020) across a number of different care home settings. The project would, therefore, have a mixed methodology: combining ethnographic fieldwork with quantitative data collection (e.g. to evaluate the effect on health and wellbeing such as medication, sleep, diet, etc). Given that arts in health is gaining recognition in policy, practice, and research spheres, this is a highly topical PhD project that builds on work already underway with the support of the Care Inspectorate.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Ana Salzberg ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Ana Salzberg () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Salzberg, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in English: Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

In addition to self-funding, this project could be submitted to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities for consideration. Competition open to UK and EU students, EU students fees only.

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