School of Social Policy Doctoral Scholarships

The School of Social Policy is internationally known and regarded for its first class research. Our lecturing and research staff are recognised as authorities in their fields, and our research contributes to academic debates and has worldwide impact. 

Information about our scholarship opportunities may be found below. Each scholarship includes details on how to apply and the deadline for applications.

NEW - NIHR SSCR PhD scholarship

We are currently advertising for an PhD scholarship in adult social care, funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

The Department of Social Work and Social Care is recruiting one PhD scholarship, starting in September 2020.

This Scholarship aims to support a promising researcher in the field of adult social care practice. Applications will be considered for research on any aspect of adult social care practice that is consistent with the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)’s priorities. We are keen to support proposals that demonstrate originality – perhaps in terms of exploring innovative approaches to engaging with citizens and communities or in terms of applying new theoretical or methodological approaches.

A full scholarship is the equivalent of an ESRC studentship and covers Home/EU fees (£4,407 p.a.) plus a living allowance (stipend) of £15,500 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. For applicants outside the EU a full scholarship equates normally to £19,907 per annum for three years, covering full fees and providing a contribution towards living expenses. Additional support (for travel, conference attendance, general research expenses) will also be available.

The scholarship is available to a candidate of high academic calibre who wishes to conduct doctoral level study on a topic within the research areas of the SSCR. A successful applicant will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree, minimum of a 2:1. They should also hold, or expect to achieve, a good Masters degree (preferably at a distinction level) in a relevant subject. As part of the Department of Social Work and Social Care's commitment to improving social work research capacity, candidates with social work qualifications are encouraged to apply, although practice experience is not essential. 

We encourage applications from women and those of diverse backgrounds, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups are underrepresented across the University of Birmingham.  

Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the student’s academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the quality of the research proposal; (c) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research; and  (d) the match of the proposal to areas of research strength within the School. Since we are particularly keen to build on existing areas of research strength, all applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and to discuss their proposal with them prior to online submission.

How to apply

Potential candidates should apply to undertake a PhD within the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, and indicate when applying that they want to be considered for this studentship. View guidance on the application process

As part of preparing the application please make contact with potential supervisors. Professor Catherine Needham will be able to direct you to potential supervisors.

The deadline for applications is Monday 24 June.

About the funder

The studentship will be funded by the National Institute for Health Research's School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR).

The doctoral student will be required to conduct research relevant to adult social care practice in England and in line with the SSCR Business Plan.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in activities organised by NIHR SSCR, particularly activities that involve other PhD students funded under this programme at other universities, and, as appropriate, other National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and NIHR Academy activities. 

ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship

Exploring the effects of Caring on Mental and Physical Health using Population Database Linkages 

ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship - University of Birmingham and the Office for National Statistics 

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. 

The University of Birmingham as part of Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Studentship in association with our collaborative partner the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to commence in October 2020. 

The PhD will examine how being an unpaid carer, impacts on mortality and health outcomes. The PhD offers a unique opportunity to work with the ONS linking population-level data sources, including the Census, Mortality, Longitudinal Study and Hospital Episode Statistics to explore the consequences of unpaid care on mortality, suicides, alcohol use, and hospital admissions. 

The PhD will utilise Census & Mortality data linked to the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) - a database containing details of all admissions, Accident and Emergency attendances and outpatient appointments at NHS hospitals in England. It contains clinical (diagnoses and operations), patient, administrative and geographical information. 

The research will be conducted using a range of quantitative methods to track individuals over time and capture changes in life circumstances, unpaid caregiving and health outcomes. It will also explore trends and patterns across the lifecourse in terms of age, sex, social class and ethnicity. This work will provide insights into important inequalities in unpaid care trajectories according to these characteristics and establish an evidence base for support and interventions. The findings will provide policy makers and practitioners with evidence to better understand the implications of unpaid care on health outcomes and NHS service use. 

The successful PhD student will have access to a broad range of methodological and database experts. The student will develop excellent methodological skills through access to a range of taught courses at the University of Birmingham; but also at the ONS, including the Data Science Campus (the student will have access to health statisticians and training courses). The successful PhD student will be based at the University of Birmingham and be supervised by Dr Matthew Bennett and Professor Jon Glasby. 

The PhD student will also become an active member of the Sustainable Care Research Programme - a multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded Large Grant (£2.54M), which the academic supervisors are Co-investigators on. The programme brings together academics from twenty-two universities worldwide and takes a future-oriented and internationally comparative look at current approaches to the care needs of adults living at home with chronic health problems or disabilities, examining these in the context of care systems, care work and care relationships. 

Application Process 

To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Collaborative Studentship application form a cover letter and a CV and email this to sosppgr@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Shortlisted applicants will also be required to provide two references. 

Application deadline: March 6th 2020 at 5pm 

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP 

Our ESRC studentships cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available only to successful applicants who fulfill eligibility criteria

Informal enquiries about the research prior to application can be directed to Matthew Bennett (m.r.bennett@bham.ac.uk)

The Anderson Programme PhD Scholarship (application deadline extended)

The Anderson Programme PhD Scholarship: Exploring leadership development through the Anderson Programme in the English NHS.

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), at the University of Birmingham is committed to recruiting the highest calibre PhD students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

The Anderson Programme PhD Scholarship is focused on supporting students of leadership development improvement in healthcare.  This PhD offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2020.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

Patient safety, finances and quality challenges persist in healthcare. In response to public concern, there has been increased focus on leadership development.

One leadership development response is the establishment of the NHS Leadership Academy ‘Anderson’ Programme; an MSc in Healthcare Leadership targeted at senior leaders within the English NHS. Over 1,651 NHS leaders have now graduated from the programme.  The aim of this PhD is to explore one or more of the three strategic themes (the ‘golden threads’) of the Anderson programme: the patient experience; equality, diversity and inclusion; and sustaining improvement. The study will in particular focus on the underlying mechanisms that influence leadership development and leadership practices.

The Anderson programme is delivered by a consortium of institutions including the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham on behalf of the NHS Leadership Academy.  Two scholarships are being funded by the Anderson Programme, one at each University.  Prospective PhD candidates are asked to consider their location preferences before applying for the PhD Scholarship and are asked to only apply to one Institution for the Anderson PhD Scholarship.  Location and institution cannot be changed after application.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK students with an outstanding academic background. 

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66. 

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Health Services Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic of healthcare leadership development and aligned with one or more of the three stated golden threads of the Anderson programme.

Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadline will not be considered.

Application deadline: 30 June 2020

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Dr Kerry Allen (k.allen@bham.ac.uk) or Dr Iestyn Williams (i.p.williams@bham.ac.uk).

For questions related to making your application, please contact Abbie Price in the Doctoral Programme’s Office: sosppgr@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Apply for the Health Services Management course

The Department of Social Work and Social Care Studentship

Project Description

The Department of Social Work and Social Care is recruiting to one fully funded, full-time, three year PhD studentship, starting in October 2020.

The studentship aims to support a promising researcher in the field of community-based health and social care for older people.
Located within the Department of Social Work and Social Care, College of Social Sciences, the studentship is shared with the Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The studentship is funded through the National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM). ARC WM is a £9 million, five-year initiative which started in October 2019 with a mission to create lasting and effective collaborations across health and social care organisations, universities and local authorities by using research to improve the services delivered across the West Midlands and further afield.

This studentship falls within the Acute Care research theme. The focus is a new community-based service in Birmingham that provides acute care to older people in care homes or their own homes, avoiding the need for hospital admission. There is scope to develop a proposal in line with the student’s specific interests but examples of relevant areas of enquiry include (but are not restricted to):

  • How does this model compare with other ‘hospital at home’ initiatives both in the UK and internationally?
  • How effectively do health and social care organisations collaborate in the design and delivery of the service?
  • What are the implications for social care of the community-based acute service and how are these addressed by the service?
  • What are the experiences of older people and carers (both unpaid and paid) of the model and what can we learn from these?

The scholarship is available to a candidate of high academic calibre who has experience in health and social care with older people and wishes to conduct doctoral level study within this field. A successful applicant will be expected to have a very good undergraduate degree: a minimum of a 2:1, preferably a first class honours. They should also hold, or expect to achieve, a very good Masters degree (at a distinction level) in a relevant subject.

Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the student’s academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the student’s knowledge and experience of health and social care practice with older people (c) the quality of the research proposal; (d) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research.

We encourage applications from women and those of diverse backgrounds, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups are underrepresented across the University of Birmingham.

For further information, please contact the supervisors:

Dr. Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Department of Social Work and Social Care at d.l.tanner@bham.ac.uk or
Professor Daniel Lasserson, Professor of Ambulatory Care, Institute of Applied Health Research at d.s.lasserson@bham.ac.uk

How to apply

Potential candidates should apply to undertake a PhD within the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, and indicate when applying that they want to be considered for this studentship. Visit the following page for guidance on the application process: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgr/requirements-dr/index.aspx

Funding Notes

A full scholarship covers Home/EU fees plus a living allowance (stipend) of £20,707 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

School of Social Policy Doctoral Scholarships

Each scholarship is available to a candidate of the highest academic calibre who wishes to conduct doctoral level study on a topic within the research areas of across the school.

A full scholarship is the equivalent of an ESRC studentship and covers Home/EU fees (£4,327 p.a.) plus a living allowance (stipend) of £15,009 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. For applicants outside the EU a full scholarship equates normally to £19,336 covering full fees and providing a contribution towards living expenses.

A successful applicant will be expected to have a very good undergraduate degree, minimum of a 2:1, preferably a first class honours. They should also hold, or expect to achieve, a very good Masters degree (at a distinction level) in a relevant subject. Their references will attest to qualities of academic achievement and research potential that make the candidate stand out above their peers. They may have already won academic prizes within their home institutions and /or internationally.

Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the student’s academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the quality of the research proposal; (c) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research; and  (d) the match of the proposal to areas of research strength within the School. Guidance on preparing a research proposal is attached. Since we are particularly keen to build on existing areas of research strength, all applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and to discuss their proposal with them prior to online submission.

How to apply

Potential candidates for the School Doctoral Scholarships must have an offer of a place to study for a PhD.  If you do not already have an offer, you must apply by 22 January 2020 and mark your electronic application  School of Social Policy Scholarships.  At the same time, you should send a separate application form which can be downloaded along with your research proposal, to Professor Paul Montgomery, Director of the Doctoral Programme sosppgr@contacts.bham.ac.uk and mark your email ‘Birmingham School of Social Policy Scholarships’. 

If you already have a place to start the doctoral programme in September 2020 and are interested in being considered for these awards, please contact your supervisor to discuss the opportunity and submit a completed Scholarship application and your research proposal as explained above. If you are currently a Masters student an offer of a scholarship will be conditional on the successful completion of your studies at the required level.  

To apply to the Doctoral Programme, please go to the subject specific page listed below: