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Supporting and informing cancer survivors and their intimate partners about sexual issues


Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

About the Project

This prestigious PhD studentship is jointly funded by Bournemouth University and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It is offered in partnership with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex whose strategy focuses on developing research skills and talents and making a substantial contribution to fostering a world-class research workforce in applied health research. The successful candidate will automatically be a member ARC Wessex Academy and have access to a range of opportunities to support their knowledge and skills development.

Bournemouth University Faculty of Health and Social Sciences is looking for a highly motivated postgraduate student to undertake a PhD in an important area of cancer care. This project will enable the successful candidate to make a significant contribution to the development of supportive care services for cancer survivors.

This postgraduate studentship will be a full-time post with an annual stipend of £15,225 over three years. For candidates with evidence of more than three years of clinical experience, this stipend rises to £21,225. Fees will also be paid. The project will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team from Bournemouth University and Dorset County Hospital.

The project will provide numerous opportunities for the development of research skills, including the ability to conduct systematic and realist literature reviews; design and carry out qualitative and quantitative research, and design an intervention. The practical objectives of the project mean that, on the completion of their PhD, the postgraduate researcher will have a wide range of high-level transferrable skills.

We are looking for a sensitive, committed and academically able researcher with good interactive skills and the ability to communicate well with cancer survivors, their partners and health care professionals. Being registered as a nurse or other healthcare professional would be an advantage.

This project is conditional upon the funding being secured.

How to apply:

Applications are made via Bournemouth University’s website by clicking ’institution website’ button. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the ’Email institution’ button, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:
- Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
- An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Additional eligibility:
- It is desirable that candidates should be registered (or eligible for registration) as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and that they should have experience in providing cancer care.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Candidates who provide evidence of having at least three years clinical experience may be eligible for an enhanced stipend of £21,225.

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