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Graduate School 2016 PhD Scholarships

The scholarship applications are now closed; these have now been forwarded to the relevant Faculties who will contact candidates for interviews and feedback during the month of May.

The scholarships will be allocated in June and successful candidates informed by the end of June.

  Health and Wellbeing part-time PhD bursary 2016/17


The England Centre for Practice Development has funding available to pay for the annual research degree tuition fees* for a period of four years** for a part-time PhD student who wishes to commence doctoral studies in October 2016 in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • Clinical Systems Leadership (any area or setting)
  • Development of person centred, safe and effective workplace cultures (any area or setting)
  • End of Life Care
  • Facilitating transformational learning, inquiry, development and/or clinical effectiveness in the workplace (any area or setting)

An informal discussion is welcomed before you apply. Please contact either Kim Manley , Dr Stephen O'Connor or Carolyn Jackson

Entry requirements

Applicants will be working for an NHS employer in Kent, Surrey or Sussex and the proposed project will focus on using a participative, action oriented research methodology which includes service users.

Candidates should normally be in possession of a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK University in an appropriate subject or an equivalent qualification from a University outside the UK. Applicants whose first language is not English should also provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to a minimum IELTS score of 7 (Overall B and Score) with 6.5 in all components (or non-IELTS equivalent), or have successfully completed an English language degree with a research component prior to commencing their study.

Closing date:  30 June 2016

Interviews will take place at the beginning of July.

Degree start date:  1 October 2016

How to apply

To apply for the bursary, you will need to follow the process outlined on the how to apply for a research degree page . When you reach the online application system to apply, select 'apply for a course', choose '2016/17' and type in 'MPhil/PhD Health and Social Care'. 

* £2473 p.a. 2016/17

** The part-time PhD can take up to 5 years to complete so the individual would have to self-fund in the final year.

PhD Studentship: Epigenetics of alternative splicing in Arabidopsis, full-time (three years)

Faculty:  Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

Funding:  £14,279 tax free stipend (all university fees paid)

We are looking for a fully funded PhD student to work on the Leverhulme Trust funded project. Applicants should hold an MSc in bioinformatics, a background in genetics and an interest in alternative splicing and a passion to generate new ideas and brand new knowledge. You should also have a desire to work in a wet lab, learn new techniques, apply your passion and creativity to this project and carve out a niche for your future career in science. You must be willing to work very hard and dedicate yourself to making the project a success.

Research has indicated that clock genes are fine-tuned by the alternative splicing (AS) process and initial work indicates that DNA methylation and histone modifications may be key factors in the process. The project will evaluate how DNA methylation and chromatin states impact AS to control clock genes. Normal plants as well as plants which have an identical DNA sequence but differential DNA methylation will be used to understand how DNA methylation mediates AS during the day/night cycle in plant clock genes.

We are a small lab in the Section of Life Sciences, School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, located in the vibrant and historical city of Canterbury in Kent, United Kingdom. We are passionate about science and will support you to realise your full potential and achieve your career goals. You will also spend some time in Dundee carrying out ChIP-seq in the lab of Professor Gordon Simpson, providing you with exposure to and experience of working in a lab doing world leading research.

Application start date:  10 June 2016

Application closing date:  8 July 2016

Interviews held: TBC

PhD start date:  1 September 2016, on a full-time basis for 36 months

How to apply

Submit a CV (max 2 pages) with a covering letter (explaining your passion for science and this project) and contact details of three referees (in a single PDF) to Dr Naeem Syed.

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