PhD Studentship: Home Phototherapy for the Early Term Infant with Neonatal Jaundice

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Jacqui Hewitt-Taylor

The study that the student will be required to undertake is a qualitative exploration of the experiences of women, their families and healthcare staff when using home phototherapy in treating uncomplicated neonatal jaundice in early term infants (37-38 weeks gestation).

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, working in partnership with University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is offering a Matched-Funded PhD Studentship. To apply for this Studentship you must be a midwife or nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £14,777 each year to support your living costs.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,777 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 48 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria:

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Additional entry criteria:

You must be a registered nurse or midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK). 

Please note:

  • Current BU Doctoral students are not eligible to apply for a Studentship
  • Current MRes/MPhil students can apply, subject to satisfactory completion of their Research Degree prior to being able to take up the award
  • PhD Studentships cannot be used to support BU staff to complete doctoral programmes 

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 30 April 2018.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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