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Memory Assessment Services for Diagnosis or Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia- how the assessment processes impact on the outcomes for the person diagnosed with dementia.

School of Health and Community studies

About the Project

The Centre for Dementia Research in the School of Health & Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University has a funded PhD studentship on offer to commence February 2021. The PhD research will be related to the field of Memory Assessment and Diagnosis. Each year around 225,000 will develop dementia; one person every 3 minutes. There are around 330 Memory Assessment Services (MAS) in England, each assessing an average of 1,576 people every year. Receiving a dementia diagnosis is emotionally challenging for people with dementia and their family members/carers because of the uncertainty associated with impact of the diagnosis and lack of curative treatments (Aminzadeh et al, 2007). The way in which the assessment and diagnosis is approached can have a significant impact on the outcomes for the person diagnosed with dementia.

The PhD studentship will have a bursary of £15,285 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU Fees paid initially for a period of three years.

Applicants can see examples of ongoing projects here ( and are asked to submit a qualitative or quantitative PhD proposal within remit of research concerning Memory Assessment Services for Diagnosis or Post-diagnostic Support. Proposals can be discussed with Dr Sarah Jane Smith () or Dr Alys Griffiths () from the Centre for Dementia Research.

How to apply

Candidates should complete the online application form ( including:
a. A brief CV (no more than 2 pages)
b. Up to 3 sides of A4 with an outline of how you would approach the research project described above, including background literature, aims, objectives and a research plan using type Arial 12 font
c. Applicants are asked to include at the start of the proposal the research project title.


Successful candidate will have a stipend of £15,285 payable monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance.

Length of studentship

The PhD studentship is for a period of 3 years funded full time study plus 1 year un funded write-up period. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress

Start date and Induction

The start date of the studentship is February 2021

Overseas Applicants

Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £14,000 and overseas’ fees of £4,407
The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKVI regulations on studying in the UK and contact - telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

The closing date for applications is 7th of December 2020

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