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Four 3-year PhD Funded Studentships in the School of Medicine


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Thursday 13 April 2023
Reference:  MED1929


Closing Date

Thursday 13th April 2023 


School of Medicine

Background: The School of Medicine is the largest school in the University, covering a diverse range of medical, surgical, and other healthcare disciplines. Our world-leading research ranges from basic and translational science through to clinical trials, health economics, epidemiology, and health services research. Our mission is to improve human health and quality of life locally, nationally and internationally through outstanding education, research and patient care. 

Project description: We invite applications for 3-year PhD positions, funded by the Joan Browne Legacy. There are 4 PhD scholarships available.  Successful candidates will choose one of the following projects:

Mental Health and Clinical Neuroscience

Project 1- Personalisation of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for the treatment of tinnitus – 

Project 2- Designing an online intervention to improve GPs knowledge of tic disorders: an exploratory investigation and feasibility randomised control trial –

Transalation Medicine

Project 3- Immune characterisation to discover new biomarkers for diagnosis of drug-induced liver injury (DILI) in patients –

Project 4- Identification of cell persistence mechanisms after chemotherapy in colorectal cancer patients –

Injury, Recovery & Inflammation Sciences (IRIS)

Project 5- Exploring the utility of OMICS to predict physiological responses to exercise-for-health interventions – 

Project 6- Investigation of hypoxemia and hypercapnia during apnoea in children using a computer simulation –

Lifespan and Population Health

Project 7- Exploring the experiences of lung cancer in never smokers –

Project 8- Exploring the care pathway to diagnosis for people with bullous pemphigoid –

Medical Educaiton Unit

Project 9-  Education for sustainable healthcare: what are the challenges for curriculum design and implementation in medical schools? –

Project 10- Does widening participation status affect undergraduate medical student performance?  A single centre, mixed methods study –  David.O’

Clinical Trials Unit

Project 11- ProjectImproving recruitment and retention in clinical trials: using a not-for-profit marketing approach –

Project 12- Improving the generalisability of findings from randomised controlled trials – 


Further information and Applications: 

Applications are invited from potential and recent UK   graduates. Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.

The successful applicants will receive the usual RCUK stipend with paid fees.

Candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and CV, specifying their 1st and 2nd choices from the projects listed with why they chose the project.  

Applications should be emailed to

Further details about the individual projects may be obtained from the supervisors, whose email addresses are provided in the project list above and from the document with the project summaries. 

Start Date: 

1st July 2023 or 1st October 2023

Closing date for applications:

13th April 2023 - (Interviews will be scheduled for Mid-May)

Eligibility for Funding: 

Funding is available only for home students.

A Home student has unrestricted rights to enter and remain in the UK and has been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of a course, but the purpose of residence cannot purely have been full-time education.


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