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MRes Studentship: Minimising Gambling Related Harm through Cognitive Tasks and Interactive Dialogue

Bournemouth University - Science & Technology Faculty

Location: Bournemouth
Salary: £15,450 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th June 2021
Closes: 30th June 2021

Science & Technology Faculty

Funding amount: £15,450 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Deniz Cetinkaya

You will work on a research project about breaking through the immersion and the flow state of players through engaging them with a cognitive task and an interactive dialogue to support Responsible Gambling (RG). RG can benefit from advances in interactive and persuasive technology through accessing gambling behaviour data and tailoring software-assisted behaviour change to aid gamblers stay in control of their gambling experience. You will develop a design method and guidelines for building interactive and cognitive tasks during the online gaming and gambling activities to aid responsible, informed and conscious usage. The project will focus on how to use technology to interrupt flow states in problem online gamblers to reduce the harm caused to them. You will develop a mobile application that breaks the immersion and the flow state of players through engaging them with a cognitive task or an interactive dialogue such as a chatbot to increase awareness for potential behaviour change. Settings can be adjusted by the user to choose the right delivery or interaction method as direct methods are not always suitable for all user types. The methodology of this project will involve reviewing and analysing existing documents and research in the literature. The results will be analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively as well as designed based on best practices around responsible gambling and digital well-being.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,450 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 12 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK and International students unless otherwise specified. This project is conditional upon the funding being secured.

Eligibility criteria 

Candidates for a MRes Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a MRes in 12 months and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) ·
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

In addition to satisfying minimum entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion. 

Add in any specific entry requirements Additional Eligibility: 

The following skills are essential:

  • A degree in Computing, Psychology, Computer Science or a relevant discipline
  • Expertise in relevant computing and programming skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to communicate well at all levels within the team
  • Ability to meet deadlines set by internal/external stakeholders
  • Ability to work well both as a team member and on own initiative
  • Flexible and adaptable with strong team working skills
  • Ability to prioritise and work under pressure.

The following skills are desirable:

  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Experience in developing mobile applications
  • Experience in statistics, surveys, data gathering and analysis
  • Experience in working in interdisciplinary teams.

Closing Date: The first call for applications will close on 30 June 2021.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button above or email

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