Health and Social Care Scholarship ​- University of Kent

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2019.06.04

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU rate (£4,324 full-time 2018-2019) plus an annual maintenance stipend of £15,000 p.a. (2018-2019 rate).

In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books.  The studentship includes opportunities for undertaking a limited amount of teaching and possible involvement in research projects within CHSS and PSSRU.


We are offering three 3-year PhD scholarships (full-time or 5 years part-time) to be based in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) and Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) in the School of Social Policy and Social Research (SSPSSR), University of Kent. We welcome applications to undertake health and social care services research and/or evaluation commencing in September/October 2019. These scholarships are linked to new NIHR funding to develop applied health and social care research in the region.

The studentships are linked to new opportunities for research training and support across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area as well as regional programmes of applied health and social care research in social care and social work, primary and community care, child and adolescent mental health and dementia. We welcome applications from prospective students interested in use of integrated data sets,  health and social care economics, community and public health, co-production and patient and public involvement and engagement in relation to our areas of research interest. Particular areas of interest include, for example:

Social care: Effectiveness and sustainability of person-centred social care, new models of person-centred social care, cost-effectiveness of person-centred social care, risk factors, variation and inequalities in person-centred social care.
Young people’s mental health: Place-based interventions and parenting, interrelationships between mental and physical health in children and young people, supporting health and wellbeing in children, young people, family and carers.
Primary and community care:  Sustainable care for marginalised and migrant groups, supporting people to live well with chronic conditions including comorbid mental and physical health conditions, service redesign and integrated care and evaluations of new forms of service provision.
Co-production: Co-producing health & well-being including self-management, shared decision-making, innovation co-design, co-producing health and social care services including involvement/participation in organisations, governance and commissioning and co-production of research.
Public health: Social prescribing and preventive interventions for the mental and physical health of elderly people living at home or in residential or nursing care settings, Secondary analysis of integrated datasets to chart care pathways across health and social care.

These are not exclusive and other areas of applied health research will also be considered.



We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research communities within CHSS and PSSRU. Applicants will have completed a health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master's level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.

How to apply

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

1. An indicative 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 of previous academic qualifications

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

Applicants must ensure that both references have either been submitted by the referees through the online system or sent directly by email to Kalliopi Glezakou by Sunday 23 June 23.59. This is the deadline by which the University must have all the supporting documents. The School will not request references on your behalf from your referees, and your application will not be considered if both references are not received by 23.59 on Sunday 23 June 2019..


23.59 Friday 21 June