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PhD Studentship in the Translational and Clinical Research Institute: Digital Health Engagement and Behaviour Change

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £18,622 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th October 2023
Closes: 19th January 2024
Reference: 8440F

Award Summary

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £18,622 (UKR rate 23/24) and a Research Training and Support Grant of £5,000 p.a. International candidates will be required to fund the difference between the home and international fees.

Overview

Are you interested in figuring out how digital interventions can have a significant impact on health and well-being? This PhD project will investigate how psychology and behavioural science concepts can be applied to improve engagement with digital and artificial intelligence health tools.

Digital tools are becoming an increasingly important tool in healthcare, but frequently fail to sustain sufficient user engagement to achieve their intended behavioural and health outcomes. Engagement is a multifaceted concept that includes affective, cognitive, and behavioural aspects, but is often overlooked or reduced to system usage in digital health evaluations.

In this PhD, you will examine how to incorporate psychological theory and insights from related fields into the design of digital interventions, investigate how and when such strategies should be incorporated to optimise user engagement with the intervention and target health-related behaviours and evaluate their impact on behavioural and health outcomes. You will learn to conduct systematic literature reviews, collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data, and design and develop digital health interventions.

Number of awards: 1

Start date: April 2024 (potentially can be September 2024 if more suitable, TBD at interview) 

Award duration: 3 years 

Sponsor: Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences 

Supervisors: Prof Edward Meinert, Newcastle University

Eligibility criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in an appropriate subject (e.g. psychology, digital health, public health). A further qualification such as a Masters degree is advantageous.

The studentship covers fees at the Home rate. International/EU applicants will also be considered and if funding is available may have the fee difference covered.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subsection. International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate prior to obtaining their visa.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:

In ‘Course choice’ tab, put ‘Postgraduate Research’ in 'Type of Study', ‘Full Time’ in ‘Mode of Study’, ‘2023’ in ‘Year of Entry’, code ‘8440F’ in ‘Course Title’, blank in ‘Research Area’. Press ‘Search’, select ‘PhD Translational and Clinical Research (FT)’, and save selection.

Either upload a document or write into ‘Personal Statement’ (mandatory). Put code ‘TC072’ in ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’. 

When prompted for how you are providing your research proposal – select either ‘Write Proposal’ or ‘Upload document’. Your proposal should be up to 2,000 words (excluding citations).

In addition, you will need to upload the following documentation:

  • Covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code TC072 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.
  • Degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification if completed.

Contact details

Professor Edward Meinert

edward.meinert@newcastle.ac.uk

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