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CHSS PhD Studentship

The deadline for the PhD studentship is 1st March 2017.

The CHSS three year fulltime Health Services Research PhD studentship (five years part time) is awarded to a successful student wishing to undertake research in health services and evaluation based in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) in the School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent.

What the studentship covers

The studentship covers tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU (£4,052 per annum) rate plus an annual maintenance stipend £14,057 per annum (2015-2016 rate) inclusive of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship element.

In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books. Our scholarship includes as part of its value a Graduate Teaching Assistantship where successful candidates undertaking a limited amount of teaching.

The application process

Interested applicants apply for a place via the University of Kent's online application system. In addition, they must submit through the online system:

  1. a research proposal (maximum 2,500 words including references)
  2. a personal statement (maximum 1,000 words) indicating the reasons for doing a PhD at CHSS
  3. transcripts.

Informal enquiries regarding the application process and studying for a PhD in CHSS should be made to Kalliopi Glezakou.

CHSS Scholarship Student Aida Malovic talks about her first year experience

I’ve really enjoyed my experiences at CHSS so far. The Centre feels like a team, with every member of staff being very helpful, approachable and supportive. The year has flown by rather quickly and I am very much looking forward to my up-and-coming upgrade. The aim of my thesis is to adapt two measures for application within an adolescent population with intellectual disabilities (ID). These are the UCLA-R emotional loneliness measure and Kern’s Security Scale of attachment. 

Currently the two said measures have both strong content validity and reliability as measured within a non-ID population. Through my work the measures will be specifically validated for an adolescent population who display harmful sexual behaviours. At present it is recognised by practitioners and academics working in the field that there is a lack of, and a need for, a vast body of work to adapt the intended and also further measures. They are specifically functional for recording and monitoring personal progress but appropriate to use as tools for evaluating interventions. 

During the year I feel that I have developed a really good relationship with my main supervisor, Prof Simon Coulton, who is a great and supportive guide. In addition to the thesis, this year I have also attended a number of skills workshops as offered at the University of Kent, a number of conferences and a set of forensic courses as offered through the School of Psychology.

As such I have learnt a number of new invaluable skills and strengthened my knowledge in areas of personal interest.

Further details on the SSPSSR Scholarships and Bursaries page






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Last Updated: 15/02/2017