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  Dr Mark Linden  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Acquired brain injury affects 1 in 5 children by the age of 14 years. This international project seeks to investigate how healthcare professional from low and middle income countries care for such children and seeks to identify novel mechanisms for supporting their practice.


Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to any injury to the brain which has occurred following birth. These include diseases of the brain, stroke, infection, hypoxia, or trauma. ABI is a highly prevalent condition which leads to poor mental health and wellbeing, reduced future prospects and increased healthcare utilisation in later life. There is a paucity of research on the understanding of Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in regard to ABI.


To investigate understanding of ABI among healthcare professionals (HCPs) living in LMIC.


(i) To determine understanding, availability of training and training needs among HCPs.

(ii) To explore the experiences of HCPs in resource poor regions of the world on training and service need in their countries.


This project consists of three phases:

Phase 1: A systematic review of the existing evidence base to determine what interventions are available to support the training of HCPs on ABI.

Phase 2: An online survey will be created to determine training availability, understanding of ABI and need for continuing professional development. Using existing contacts of the research team, this survey will be sent to colleagues in 12 LMIC for distribution across their networks.

Phase 3. Online semi-structured interviews with 20 HCPs will be held to explore their experiences of working with children and young people in resource poor settings.

Expected outcomes

Establishment of international research networks; at least three publications.

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 Mark Linden 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) Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27) Psychology (31)
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