PhD Studentship: Working Across Boundaries: New Models of Integration and Collaboration across the Pharmacy Workforce in Greater Manchester

The University of Manchester - Health Services Research Centre

Health Services Research Centre (

Entry: September 2018

Extended Application deadline: 6th April 2018

Interviews: w/c 16th April 2018

Applications are invited for an ESRC fully funded PhD studentship with the Health Services Research Centre at the Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Damian Hodgson of AMBS and Dr Sally Jacobs of the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies at the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry. This ‘CASE PhD studentship’ involves a partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) with supervision by Dr Jane Brown (Chair, Greater Manchester Pharmacy Local Professional Network, GMHSCP).

It is claimed that increasing the role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary and community care settings is a cost-effective way to improve patient care while also relieving pressure on GPs. The aim of the project is to explore, in depth, new roles being undertaken by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary care settings in Greater Manchester. The research aims to understand the impact of new pharmacy professional roles on professional identities, professional boundaries and multidisciplinary team working across general practice, community pharmacy and other services.

Students who are interested in this topic and with a first degree either in social sciences (e.g. sociology, business and management, economics, politics) or in medicine/pharmacy. There are two options – either enter via our MRes programme and then pursue the PhD (the 1+3 route) or enter directly on the PhD programme if the candidate already has a suitable Masters qualification (the +3 route). Postgraduate training and preparation in employment studies and research methods will be provided through the Masters in Research in Management (MRes) at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Advanced PhD research training will be provided through the AMBS Doctoral Programme in Business and Management.


Academic requirements:

  • Satisfy the entry requirements for Alliance Manchester Business School MRes (if applicable) and PhD programme(s)

Residential requirements:

  • UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for an award paying tuition fees only.
  • EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award are eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. 


  • Payment of tuition fees at the standard RCUK rate
  • An annual Maintenance Stipend (approx. £15,000, exact rate for 2018/19 subject to confirmation by RCUK), plus an additional allowance of £2,000 from GMHSCP
  • Certain research and fieldwork expenses will be covered

How to Apply

Apply online at: and indicate that you are applying for this studentship.

Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest of up to four pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A detailed CV.
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts.
  • Two academic reference letters, currently dated.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE English test score (if relevant).

To discuss, contact Damian Hodgson ( or Sally Jacobs (

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