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Student selection, academic performance and professional development in UK medical schools

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J Parry
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3-year fully-funded PhD Studentship starting September 2020 (or earlier)


This PhD Studentship is available to support any relevant work on the selection, academic performance (including differential attainment) or professional development of UK medical students.


Possible areas of inquiry might include, but not be limited to, the following:

• The use of contextual data in selection processes
• The costs and benefits of a weighted lottery as all or as part of a suite of selection process to allocate places at medical schools to UK applicants.
• The extent and the drivers of differential attainment in medical undergraduate degree programmes, including comparison with other STEM subjects
• The factors contributing to non-progression by students in their medical degree programme
• The development of professional identity in students from different socio-demographic backgrounds
• The development of career preferences during the undergraduate degree programme.


For any area of inquiry, it is anticipated that most of the following activities will need to be undertaken in order to address the key research aims:

• Review of the literature and of relevant current national higher education and NHS policies.
• Description and analysis of quantitative administrative data held by medical schools and other organisations
• Capture, description and analysis of key stakeholder perspectives via appropriate qualitative techniques.


Person Specification
Applicants should have a strong interest in healthcare, higher education and the education and training of healthcare professionals.

Applicants should hold or realistically expect to obtain at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree. We are not prescriptive about the subjects you have previously studied and welcome equally applicants with experience of medicine and/or education, and those with none. However applicants must have some appreciation of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and ideally should be able to demonstrate experience of relevant research techniques in previous work.

How to apply
Applications should be directed to Professor Jayne Parry at [Email Address Removed].

To apply, please send:
• A Detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities and why you are interested in this project;
• A summary (no more than 2 pages of A4) outline of your proposed project including aim, research objectives and methods
• Copies of your degree transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. This can be conducted face –to –face, by telephone or skype


Funding Notes

PhD Studentship (RCUK Rate) for three years including fees (Home/EU), and appropriate research consumables.

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