PhD Studentship at Newcastle University in the UK

  • Phd
  • 100% of UK/EU tuition fees and living expenses
  • 31 August 2020

This PhD will focus on populations experiencing multiple disadvantage and extremes of inequalities (e.g. homelessness, offending, substance misuse). It is an exciting opportunity to gain research skills in developing interventions for and improving the health of the most disadvantaged in society. Areas of research could include understanding the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on the health of groups with multiple disadvantage, and/or identifying ways to improve services (e.g. primary care, secondary care) and support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

The candidate will be supported in developing a research plan for the PhD. The project will involve working collaboratively with voluntary sector (charities) and local authorities in Newcastle/Gateshead areas to develop a research plan that is based on service and practice needs. The PhD will involve the use of mixed methods. It will be embedded as part of other ongoing work in our Institute around multiple disadvantage and marginalised populations.


The successful applicant will have an upper second class or above in public health, health services research (or a cognate discipline, e.g. psychology, health policy, economics). A Masters degree (Merit or above) or research experience is desirable but not essential. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (at least 5.5 in all sub-skills) or equivalent language qualification.

Non-UK candidates should contact regarding eligibility and fees.


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100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses at UKRI rate. Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. A research training support grant of £5000 per year is available to cover research costs and local/national/international travel (conferences and exchanges).


You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You should:

• click on programme of study
• insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search
• select Programme name ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Public Health
• insert PH011 in the studentship/partnership reference field
• attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship. Please quote reference code PH011 and state how your interests and experience relate to the proposed project
• attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.

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