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Healthcare Modelling : service redesign, public health and clinical effectiveness

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    Prof P Harper
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Given immense pressures on healthcare services and current levels of funding, healthcare services can’t simply do more of the same if they are to be sustainable. Staff are already working incredibly hard and systems are mostly at full capacity, but it can try and work smarter.

PhD topics in this broad field of healthcare modelling cover the development of novel underpinning methodologies, in areas such as queuing theory, Markov models, game theory, heuristics, optimisation and computer simulation methods (discrete event, system dynamics, agent-based simulation, and hybrid methods). The OR group has exceptionally strong links to NHS Wales and Welsh Government, hence many research proposals are well aligned to current topics of importance where PhD students can help advise on both local and national policy.

As well as research to support service redesign (the efficient and effective use of resources e.g. operating room scheduling, bed capacity and workforce planning, outpatient schedules, unscheduled care systems, geographical location of services etc.), topics in this field also include public health and clinical effectiveness, such as the development of novel methods and tools to explore spread of disease (epidemiology) and the role of social networks and behaviours in major public health challenges (e.g. smoking in adolescents, and obesity).

Funding Notes

UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply.
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.


Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics), with a start date of October 2018.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add “EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD in Mathematics" when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

How good is research at Cardiff University in Mathematical Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.05

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