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Personal well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

   School of Business

  Prof Paul Allanson, Dr Daniel Borbely  Friday, March 31, 2023  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD will give you the opportunity to explore how personal well-being has evolved over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify those social groups most affected by lockdown and other measures. Specifically, you will investigate how satisfied individuals were with their life overall, whether they felt they had meaning and purpose in their life, and about their levels of happiness and anxiety. You will learn to answer research questions by applying econometric methods to large survey datasets and will thereby develop a range of valuable transferable skills for future employment. The successful applicant will be expected to hold a good MSc in Economics, Health Economics or related quantitative social science discipline.


  • Tuition fee (Home / International) 
  • Living allowances per year £16,062 at present
  • Consumables/Conference budget per year £1,500
  • Scholarship up to 4 years


  • To be accepted to study for a PhD, applicants need to have an undergraduate degree of at least 2:1 (or equivalent) or a master’s degree, in a subject related to the proposed PhD topic.
  • English language requirements – a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

To apply please ensure you include the following documentation:

  1. Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  2. Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document.
  3. Two references on headed paper (academic and/or professional).
  4. Research proposal on the given topic, CV and samples of written work.
  5. If you fail to submit the above documents then your application will not be considered.


  • Deadline for submission: 31 March 2023
  • Interviews: April, 2023 TBC
  • Start date: May/June, 2023

Please submit your application to Professor Sudhu Paramati ( ) and PhD Admin Lead, Donna Milne (

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