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Psychological mechanisms of inter-professional learning in health and social care

   Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry & Human Sciences

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  Dr Phil Gee, Dr Jaysan Charlesford, Dr Kim Schenke, Dr Pamela Rae  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Interdisciplinary teamwork is an integral part of working in health and social care, yet the psychological mechanisms behind successful teamwork in these fields have received little investigation to date. This project will combine knowledge from various facets of social psychology (including research on the contact hypothesis and person-models within predictive coding approaches) into a single framework to investigate how our knowledge and experiences with people from other disciplines informs our attitudes towards them, and the influence this has on our learning.

The project is part of a wider investigation within the Plymouth Integrative Health and social care education Centre (PIHC), which supports interdisciplinary learning across the six schools of the Faculty of Health.

The successful PhD candidate will be supervised by a team of experts in teaching and learning (Dr Phil Gee), social psychology (Dr Jaysan Charlesford), social neuroscience (Dr Kim Schenke), experimental psychology and experiential inter-professional working (Dr Pamela Rae), and will be part of the Faculty’s Early Career Researcher Forum, the School of Psychology’s Social Psychology research group, and PIHC’s inter-professional learning community of practice.


Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and, preferably, a relevant Masters qualification.

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £16,062 per annum (2022/23 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover International fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,670 per annum).

NB: The studentship is supported for three years, with the potential of a fourth, self-funded, ‘writing-up’ year.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Phil Gee, [Email Address Removed]

To apply for this position please visit here and select the studentship you would like to apply for.

Please clearly state the name of the DoS and studentship that you are applying for on your personal statement.

Please see here for a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact [Email Address Removed].

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 12 September 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview interviews in early to mid-October 2022. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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