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Mapping the contours of the turbulent landscape of Inclusion Health services in Northern Ireland

Project Description

Inclusion health services are being developed in Northern Ireland for those experiencing homelessness, vulnerable migrants, sex workers, Gypsies and Travellers, and those in contact with the criminal justice system. The aims of this PhD are to investigate the current reach and scope of inclusion health services in NI, to evaluate aspects of current services against national and international standards in order to contribute to informing future service development, and to work with others developing research and evidence in this field.

The principal supervisor will be Professor Diarmuid O’Donovan and the co-supervisor will be Dr Nigel Hart. The project will link with the Department of Health Inclusion Health Steering Group. The successful applicant will be able to develop specific research questions, and will be supported to develop advanced quantitative and qualitative skills.

This studentship will suit someone who is keen to develop expertise in inclusion health. You should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject and a further qualification (eg MA, MSc, MRes, MPH) in public health, sociology, anthropology or a related subject. Enthusiasm and motivation to learn more about inclusion health research is required. Experience in working with marginalised groups is desirable.


Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical or life sciences subject.

English Language

Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.

The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.

For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link:

INTO Queen’s English Language Courses offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained at:


This project will involve working with children and/or adults in ‘Regulated Activity’.
The successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal history check (Enhanced Disclosure check). The project will be conditional on the successful applicant being issued with a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

Funding Notes

*FUNDING CONFIRMED – Department for the Economy (DfE) Award*

Eligibility for both fees (£4,327 for 2019/20, 2020/21 TBC) and maintenance (£15,009 for 2019/20, 2020/21 TBC) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK resident or those EU residents who have lived permanently in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship.

Non UK residents who hold EU residency may also apply but if successful may receive fees only.

For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the following link: View Website


Please visit the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Public Health, website for further details about the Centre:

When applying, please choose 'MEDICINE' as your subject area/School.

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