School of Nursing and Midwifery

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  Dr O Santin, Dr Gillian Carter  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project will work in partnership with health care professionals, patients, carers, and community members to design for the local context community training, based on the principles of community education, improved knowledge, attitudes, and reduced stigma.


Perceived stigma and self-blame are common amongst Vietnamese cancer patients and their carers. Stigma from the general community can lead to families becoming isolated and lacking support. There are deep rooted misconceptions regarding cancer coupled with lower levels of health literacy.

Perceived stigma is associated with lower emotional well-being and greater depressive symptoms among cancer patients and carers. The need to develop interventions to address perceived stigma and self-blame among this population is high.


To co-design a community education intervention to reduce cancer related stigma in Vietnam.


1) Conduct a scoping review of interventions designed to reduce cancer related stigma in Low resource settings. Interventions/mode of delivery target group.

2) Conduct a qualitative analysis of community stakeholders’ views of cancer related stigma and needs for support.

3) Using a 6-step co-design method develop and evaluate a community education intervention to reduce cancer related stigma in Vietnam.


This study will be underpinned by a community participatory design using literature review, qualitative interviews, and co-design.

Expected outcomes

A Co-designed community cancer education programme, designed for the local context in Vietnam.

How to Apply

Complete the online application via the Direct Access Portal. Applicants must supply a cover letter (2 pages max) detailing your interest and experience applicable to this PhD and you should attach this when prompted to upload a proposal.

Closing date: 2 February 2024

Anticipated interview date: 6 March 2024

Start date: 16 September 2024

For further information please contact Dr Olinda Santin at [Email Address Removed]


Funding Information

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast is offering one Department for the Economy (DfE) studentship which is open to INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY for September 2024 entry. The studentship will cover tuition fees and stipend. The current studentship for 23/24 academic year is £18,622 but the amount for the academic year 24/25 is to be confirmed. More information on DfE studentships can be found here.

Please note that this is a competitive award – there are 8 advertised projects for 1 International DfE Award

Applications are also considered throughout the year from applicants who have secured external funding or are willing to self-fund the project.

Essential criteria

IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0, and a 2.1 class honours degree (or equivalent).

Experience of empirical data collection and analysis.

Desirable criteria

A 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Biological Sciences (4) Education (11)

 About the Project