Faculty funded PhD studentship: Exploring the meaning of dignity in healthcare across the lifespan

Please note that the Faculty studentship has now closed.


The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education invites applications from suitably qualified students for a three-year full-time PhD studentship.

The focus of this studentship is to explore the meaning of dignity for a range of health service users including children, adolescents and adults. It will explore what the key features of dignity are for service users across the lifespan.


The funding provided will cover stipend plus fees (full-time tuition fees at Home/EU level and a stipend at UK Research Council rates (£15,590pa) for a period of up to three years).

Students paying overseas fees may apply for the studentship, however, you should note that the funding only covers the fees at home/EU level. If you are required to pay overseas fees you must be able to demonstrate how you would pay the difference between the home/EU fees and the overseas student fee.


Applicants should hold a nursing qualification and a minimum of UK honours degree at 2:1 level or equivalent, though preference will be given to applicants who hold a masters degree. Only full-time candidates will be considered due to funding constraints.

How to apply

Please email your application to Denise Postings, Research Office Manager, The subject (title) of your email must be ‘PhD Studentship’ and your email should include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a supporting statement summarising your reasons for wishing to undertake PhD studies in the specific project area
  • contact details of two referees who have direct knowledge of your academic/work ability (one of the referees should be your current/last supervisor)
  • .

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 24 October 2011. It is expected that interviews will be held during the week beginning 7 November 2011.

This opportunity was previously advertised during June 2011. Unfortunately the successful applicant was unable to join us.