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PhD Studentship Opportunity in the Student and Clinical Supervisors' Perspective on Student Preparedness for Clinical Learning in Veterinary Medicine - A Multicentre Study

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th August 2019
Closes: 7th November 2019

Studentship description

This is an exciting fully funded PhD studentship opportunity exploring perceptions and characteristics that are important for clinical learning in both students and their clinical teachers. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and nurturing group of senior and early career academics with clinical and pedagogical experience in the veterinary and medical field.

**The project can be adopted/modified to suit the successful candidates’ scientific interest in consultation with the supervisory team.**

Student preparedness for clinical practice has been discussed in the literature across a range of health disciplines. The overall goal for clinical placement is for graduates to gain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours (attributes) that are required to be a competent and effectivel clinician in their chosen field. A successful relationship between a student and their supervisor is based on a common understanding of what is expected and required during placement. Traditionally, pre-clinical veterinary science has been taught on a subject/discipline based model, with clinical veterinary training undertaken within veterinary teaching hospitals associated with the University.

The research questions of this study will focus on analysing whether there is a disparity between the student’s perception of what is expected for being prepared for clinical studies, and the clinical supervisor’s perception of what is required for students to be considered to be prepared for clinical studies.

We will also recruit clinical supervisors from the core species area (companion animal, veterinary public health/pathology, equine and production animal) into this study and will compare responses to see if there are differences between the species specialists in what they consider to be student preparedness for clinical learning. Furthermore, we will be looking into any potential disparities between these views and identifying what potential challenges this will therefore create in a distributed model of curriculum. Outcomes of the study should inform future curriculum design.

Entry requirements

  • This is purely a pedagogical focused research project and undergraduates with a degree in a related discipline would be expected. Medical and veterinary graduates are encouraged to apply. A Master’s degree in related subject (e.g. education, psychology) is desirable and previous experience in statistical methodology is desirable.
  • UK/EU students
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in plain English and scientific language for publication in relevant journals and presentation at conferences. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 6 in all the components.


Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend for three years at RCUK levels (£15,000 per year).

How to apply

Please apply for this PhD through the School of Veterinary Medicine PhD applications portal (click on the “Apply” tab). Applicants are invited to contact Dr. Jeevaratnam ( to discuss the project informally prior to making an application.

Closing date for applications Applications accepted all year round

Application enquiries

For informal discussions please contact Dr Andrea Lucca Fabris (

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