PhD studentship: ‘Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine’ (Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Liverpool)

The University of Liverpool is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Medical Humanities and Social Sciences to be associated with the Centre for Health, Arts and Science (CHARTS). Alongside PhD research, the successful candidate will play a role in raising the profile of research in this area, including developing the web presence for the Centre.

This studentship will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Funding includes a stipend of £14,057 (equivalent to RCUK rate, subject to confirmation for 2016/17) for three years (full time) and PhD registration fees at standard UK/EU student rate. This studentship is expected to start no later than October 2016.

Proposals should be rooted in the humanities and/or social sciences (rather than clinical disciplines) and should be developed by the candidate in consultation with a proposed supervisor (please see the list of indicative supervisors and consult their staff pages to guide you in potential research areas). The research should address the broad theme of Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine. This might include, though is in no way limited to:

  • changing historical or contemporary cultures of medical practice;
  • activist groups as agents for change in relation to health and medicine;
  • the role of health care and medicine in changing political, economic, social and cultural contexts;
  • the role of new technologies in cultural understandings of medicine, health and the body;
  • the role of the arts in health and wellbeing.

CHARTS is an interdisciplinary centre which recognises the vital role that arts, humanities and creativity can play in enhancing medical and scientific practice as well as in extending our understanding of health and well-being across an individual’s life cycle and in different kinds of communities. It is also part of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research.

Academic eligibility:

Applicants should hold a First Class or high 2(1) BSc or BA degree in a relevant subject, and show evidence of strong research skills in the form of a Master’s degree (or expect to be awarded a Masters in 2016) and/or relevant research/professional experience. Strong communication skills (written and oral), together with organisation skills are essential. Candidates should also demonstrate experience of research dissemination, web development and use of social media.

Residential eligibility:

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom/European Union. A relevant connection may be established for non-UK/EU students if, at the start of the course:

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK through the three year period preceding the date of an application for an award, and
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that three year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education and
  • Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay)

All UK and EU students may apply for the full award. Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to apply to the University of Liverpool using the online system. However, preliminary applications should be submitted by email attaching the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two references
  • University transcripts
  • Degree certificates
  • Personal statement to include details of qualifications and relevant experience (including research training), along with names of proposed supervisor(s) – maximum 500 words
  • Research Proposal (maximum 1,500 words) Research proposals should detail: research objectives, proposed methodology, any anticipated ethical considerations and any specific costs and training requirements relating to the research (archive visits, interviews, etc.).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd June 2016, 4pm.

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