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Representations of genomics and personalised medicine in UK broadcast media (T4/11)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Genomics, the analysis of large sections of an individual’s DNA, is beginning to deliver on the promise of personalised healthcare that was a driving factor in the Human Genome Project. In the UK, the 100,000 Genomes project has already provided insights into the genetic mutations underlying the illness experienced by various individuals allowing them, and their relatives, to undertake interventions to slow or avoid the manifestations of the mutations in their lives. Few members of the public will read the relevant research articles and their ability to distinguish the hope from the hype will largely be mediated by popular media, including television and radio programmes.

This project will exploit “Box of Broadcasts” an emerging online repository of TV and radio programmes to examine the ways in which genomic breakthroughs are being represented.

Entry Requirements

UK Bachelor Degree with at least 2:1 in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

This project is available for UK/EU/International students.

How to Apply

Application advice and application link

Funding Notes

This project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme.

Stipend for the PhD: Year 1 £19,919; Year 2 £21,542; Year 3 £23,298; Year 4 £23,997 (rates as of September 2019).

4 year PhD fee waiver at UK/EU rates.

International applicants need to ensure they can fund the difference between UK/EU and international fees for the duration of their studies.

We also will offer 2 fully funded places to international applicants from Lower-middle income countries per year. These will provide a full overseas fee waiver and stipend for 4 years.

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