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Improving outcomes of chronically ill patients through promotion of effective self-regulation


About This PhD Project

Project Description

Apply to University of Essex for a place to study by Monday 20 January 2020.
Apply for SeNSS studentship funding by 12.00pm on Monday 2 March 2020.

This competition is open to UK and EU nationals only, subject to certain conditions (https://senss-dtp.ac.uk/apply).

The research project aims to establish the psychological mechanisms that need to be incorporated into patient care in order to guide patients in self-managing their chronic illness.

It provides an exciting opportunity for a student to advance psychological theory in chronic disease self-regulation and contribute to improved patient care.

Working in collaboration with a consultant in renal medicine the studentship aims to:

(i) Identify psychological processes of self regulation that are related to clinical outcomes
(ii) Investigate the role of self-management in explaining the relationship of patient mood to outcomes

You will join a thriving postgraduate research community at the Department of Psychology and will work closely with hospital staff and adult patients with kidney disease. This will provide invaluable experience for a researcher keen to develop a career working within or in collaboration with NHS settings.

Training Opportunities


A comprehensive package of training will be agreed in consultation with the supervisors. Elements of training will be provided by the supervisors, the University of Essex, and by other providers.

Applicants: essential and/or desirable attributes/skills


The successful student will have a good degree in psychology or closely related discipline, excellent interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for developing strong statistical skills. The student will need to be able to obtain a DBS in order to pursue this project

Studentship Details


This studentship may be taken as either a 1+3 year award (a one-year MSc followed by a three-year PhD), or a +3 award (a three-year PhD)

• It may be taken full-time
• The studentship award covers your university fees, and provides you with a stipend of £15,009 per year
• You will also be able to apply for small amounts of additional funding via the SeNSS Research Training Support Grant

How to apply for this studentship


In order to be considered for this SeNSS studentship, you must first apply for a place to study University of Essex, noting that you are applying for the collaborative studentship. Please go to University of Essex, How to apply for a PhD for information on how to make your application - https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate-research-degrees/applying-to-essex

You will then need to make a separate application to SeNSS for this collaborative studentship. Please read the SeNSS Collaborative Studentship Application Guidance Notes before completing our online application form. The Guidance Notes are available at the bottom of the following webpage: Applying for a SeNSS collaborative studentship - http://senss-dtp.ac.uk/applying-for-a-senss-collaborative-studentship/

Starting date


On or about 1 October 2020.

Enquiries email name and address


For queries relating to the Essex application process, please email
For queries related to the project itself, please email Prof. Lauren Stewart ()

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