PhD Studentship: Evaluation of equity-oriented research priority setting exercises in oral health research

University of Plymouth - Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry

Two PhD studentships available full-time or part-time within PUPSMD. Applicants may apply for one or more of the three projects listed. A selection process will then take place, with the top two candidates being awarded the funding. 

“Evaluation of equity-oriented research priority setting exercises in oral health research” PUPSMD-17-18-011

Start date: 1 April 2018

Director of Studies: Dr Mona Nasser
2nd Supervisor: Dr Cath Quinn
3rd Supervisor: Professor David Moles

The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry are seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability to join their exciting and rapidly expanding programme of internationally-rated research.  The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry are committed to research excellence with a recent £25 million investment in staff and facilities. Medical research at PUPSMD was ranked first for outputs in REF2014.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates, 2:1 or above, (and preferably a MSc or MRes qualification in public health, psychology, epidemiology, health services research or related field).  International students must also have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above (with no less than 6.5 in any element).

The studentship builds on two current projects: i) the work of the wider international collaboration - the Cochrane Priority Setting Methods Group on developing an equity lens for research priority setting exercises and ii) the local research project funded by Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise – investigating the impact of a community and patient centred Dental School on the existence and gradient of oral health inequalities in Devon and Cornwall (ICOD project).

Funders, research organisations, and universities regularly make decisions on what research questions are the most important to be addressed in research. This project intends to evaluate whether patients and health professionals working in disadvantaged communities identify or prioritise different topics/questions/uncertainties as most important to be addressed in future research, than individuals from more affluent backgrounds. The project will lead to a revision of the equity lens for developing and evaluating research priority setting exercises.

For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Mona Nasser. However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

Funding Notes:

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,553 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates. For the 17/18 academic year, the difference in fee is £10,350 per annum. If selected you will be required to provide financial assurances.

To Apply:

Follow the link and click ‘Apply’ to access the application form.  Please mark the application with REF: PUPSMD-17-18-011 for the attention of Francesca Niedzielski. A project proposal is not required.

Further information on the application process. If you have any questions on the admissions process contact  

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in February 2018. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 28 February 2018 should consider their application has been unsuccessful.

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