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Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Health and Economic benefits of Arts Interventions: a deductive mixed methods approach

Swansea University - Psychology

Location: Swansea
Salary: £11,702 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th September 2019
Closes: 15th November 2019

Start date: January 2020

The aim of this MSc by Research study is to co-produce an intervention with key stakeholders to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of arts-based interventions on people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).

This mixed-methods study will utilise both qualitative and quantitative techniques and will involve scoping current services and identifying current good practice before working together with key stakeholders to design and implement a dance/arts therapy intervention. The evidence of improved outcomes will be provided by the measurement tools used after the intervention is completed.  We propose the use of objective measurements to elucidate quantitative and qualitative outcomes, examples of which are: physiological measurement of a biomarker e.g. - cortisol, digital objective cognitive assessment tools e.g. – Cambridge Cognition’s CANTAB, as well as validated more subjective clinical questionnaires e.g. – Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS or MDQ, PHQ9).  Therefore, this MSc research is expected to provide information and evidence to inform policy and practice and to improve preventative care for adults with aMCI.

Further the project aims to create a “model” system by which other arts interventions may be assessed to provide objective evidence in support of their broader utilisation within the NHS. 

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 40 credit award.


Academic requirements:

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree from a UK or other approved university.  

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Residency criteria:

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Additional Salary Information

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,702 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master's Degree loan.

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