PhD Studentship - Improving the Nutrition and Management of Dairy Cows: Investigating Social Factors that Influence Health in the Transition Period (Three years)

Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University (HAU) have the above-named research studentship available in the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department. The project is funded by the Barham Benevolent Foundation and the studentship will be supervised by Dr Philip Robinson (Director of Studies) and Professor Liam Sinclair.

Applications should be made through the HAU website: where further details of the project can also be found.

The deadline for uploading completed applications is 5pm UK time on Monday 30 April 2018.

Further information can be found on the HAU website at and on the research training provided and PhD progression requirements in the Postgraduate Research Students Handbook at:

For informal enquiries on general aspects of research degrees at HAU, applicants may contact Mrs Viv Slann, Research Students Administrator ( For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the Director of Studies named above through the staff directory:

The studentship includes tuition, bench and writing up fees and a tax-free stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,777 per annum, 2018-2019 rate). The studentship will begin in September 2018.

All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Bioveterinary Science, Biochemistry or a related biological science or an MSc degree in Animal Science, Bioveterinary Science, Biochemistry or related biological sciences. Applicants are also expected to have a good working knowledge of dairy cow nutrition, husbandry, biology and animal health. This project will give training and experience in social science research methodologies (e.g. semi-structured interviews, focus groups, questionnaires), and will involve practical on-farm sampling, handling and assessment of dairy cows and management systems. A good working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software is also required.

A minimum level of competency in English is required. Where necessary, applicants need to be classed as an overall IELTS grade 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Please see the following link with regard to English Language requirements:

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