MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Development and Evaluation of Literacy Intervention to Improve Health and Well-being in Young People

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Education and Health


There is evidence from international studies that there is a direct link between health outcomes and literacy. Many of these studies conclude that a better level of literacy can be associated with positive health outcomes including mental health (Mazar & Rickwood, 2015), reduced alcohol use (Lynch et al, 2014) and improved diet amongst others.

Our goal is to identify a researcher who can work in further education colleges with young people aged 16-20, using the principles of literacy for specific purposes to develop a literacy intervention programme and evaluate its effectiveness. With the aim of rolling it out locally and later nationwide. The researcher will, therefore, have experience of experimental research and be able to combine qualitative and quantitative methods. This study will feed into an existing impact case study on the potential impact of specific literacies on the outcomes for young people.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Gordon Ade-Ojo via email

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):

  • Year 1:  £14,553
  • Year 2:  In line with RCUK rate
  • Year 3: In line with RCUK rate

In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,195, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £8,305, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. Scholarships are available for full-time study only and applicants must meet the programme entry requirements. 

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to: 

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 23 March 2018.

The scholarship must commence in by 1 May 2018.

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