PhD Studentship: Design and Development of Novel Apps for Enhancing Patient Self-management of Respiratory Disease

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Lead Supervisor name: Professor Hongnian Yu

Project Description:

Through modelling causal relationships between air pollution and respiratory diseases with consideration of environmental challenges, this project aims to develop an innovative, portable, and affordable app to enhance the individuals' ability to manage their own respiratory disease through using big data from portable health monitoring devices and air pollution monitors.

This project will explore the relationship of health characteristics, air pollution, symptoms of the respiratory diseases to improve the capability of the app and bring real benefit to the target users.

The big data analytics on the combined local and environmental monitoring results lead to an affordable app first time for such diseases, achieving a major step towards industrialising healthcare at significant scale and a cost reduction by over 80%.

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 36 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:

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • outstanding academic potential as measured by either a 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

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.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on Monday 19 March 2018.

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

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