PhD Studentship: Using Law to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship

University of Southampton - Centre For Health Ethics And Law (Heal)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the process by which pathogens become ineffective against drugs that were once able to treat them, is one of the greatest health challenges facing the UK and the world. A report commissioned by the UK government last year suggests that the death toll of AMR could be as high as 300 million people until 2050, with an estimated total financial loss of up to $100 trillion. One of the primary methods we use to mitigate AMR is antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). AMS involves coordinated and collaborative efforts to protect the integrity and effectiveness of antimicrobials. While AMS has been largely seen to be a medical or technical issue, there is growing recognition that national and international law, regulation and governance will play a key role in preserving the effectiveness of antimicrobials. This PhD project would seek to understand the legal concept of stewardship, who should be considered a steward, and the obligations of stewards. It would further seek to analyse and develop a legal framework for how to fairly balance the benefits and burdens of protecting the effectiveness of antimicrobials.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

Contact Details for applicant

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

How to apply

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

PhD Law:  

Please mention reference FBLA-LAW-006 in the scholarship section of your application.

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