The Effect of Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

   Hull York Medical School

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About the Project

Freeman PhD Fellowship in Endocrinology

Freeman 1st Foundation was founded to empower talented young people, resident in Yorkshire and Humber, in order to help them to fulfil their potential. This registered UK charity is named to honour Henry Freeman, the famous lifeboatman and sole survivor of the 1861 Whitby lifeboat disaster. It is the trustees expressed wish that recipients of this Fellowship are local to Yorkshire and Humber, within three years of completing a degree and have a talent for research that could be developed into a successful career.

Applications are invited for an exciting 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to commence on 1st July 2023. This project aims to assess the effect of non-pharmacological interventions in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common endocrine disorder affecting women in the reproductive age group, with a prevalence of 10%. Metabolic disorders such as obesity are common in women with PCOS, rendering the women at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Obesity worsens features of PCOS, such as excessive hair growth and infertility. This project will look into various non-pharmacological interventions, such as dietary, nutritional and exercise interventions in women with PCOS.

Location and Research Culture

The successful candidate with join the internationally renowned Hull York Medical School and will be based at Allam Diabetes Centre, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Hull York Medical School’s unique partnership brings together the expertise of both the Universities of Hull and York and offers a thriving environment in which to conduct world-leading research. Strong partnerships with NHS Trusts and community health organisations offer a wide clinical base within which to study those conditions, which most affect our communities – improving their health while developing research work that can be applied nationally and globally.

The student will be based in the Academic Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Allam Diabetes Centre at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with excellent research facilities.

As a PhD student at Hull York Medical School, you will receive comprehensive research training and support. The project will provide extensive multidisciplinary training in systematic reviews and clinical trials.

Named Academic

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Thozhukat Sathyapalan, Professor of Endocrinology and Honorary Consultant Physician ([Email Address Removed])

Start Date

1st July 2023

Qualification Required

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in the relevant subject. A taught MSc or Masters by Research in a relevant subject would be an advantage. This studentship will appeal to a candidate with a strong interest and background in nutrition/exercise sciences with clinical trial experience. The candidates should be local to Yorkshire and Humber, have attended a UK state school, and have completed their degree within the past three years.

How to Apply

All applications MUST BE submitted to Hull York Medical School via the online application method choosing option PhD in Medical Sciences 2023 July, full time:

The deadline for applications is the 1st May 2023.

In order for the Panel to get a sense of your academic background, commitment and interest, you are required to complete the application form in full and provide a research proposal/outline of academic interest. Research proposals and personal statements may be used in selecting applicants for interview. If you have any queries on how to apply please email [Email Address Removed].

The Freeman 1st Foundation are particularly interested in supporting a talented local student whose circumstances may have impacted their studies, or which may make it more difficult for them to progress to a PhD. In addition to including your motivation for undertaking the programme at Hull York Medical School in your Personal Statement, please also include any personal circumstances which have impacted you. Examples may include being the first in your family to go to University, being estranged from your parents or having been a looked after child, coming from a family with a low household income, or having a disability, but this is not a prescriptive list. We may ask for evidence of your circumstances following your application.

Please note that this is a student scholarship. If you will be employed by HYMS (e.g. on a fixed or short term contract) for the duration of your study, you will not be eligible to receive the student scholarship as a member of HYMS staff. 


Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted via email. If you are not invited for the interview, it means that your application has not been successful. Please note that we do not offer feedback to applicants who are not invited to the interview.

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Funding Notes

The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant/stipend for three years (full time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 22/23 is £4,596 and the maintenance grant is £17,668 per annum.