Psychology: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea University: Western Bay Commissioning for Complex Needs

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 2 November 2018

\This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.\*
This project will bring together two areas of work to enable local services to deliver more sustainable and efficient commissioning and improve planning as required by the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. The first area of work will build on an initial pilot (Davies, 2018) to examine the measurement properties of the joint funding matrix – a tool developed to support decision making in relation to placement and care funding for those with mental health and learning disability needs. Existing file data will be used to determine the reliability, validity, utility and credibility of the tool, with revisions made as appropriate. The second area of work will develop and test a system for the robust yet routine measurement of care outcomes and impact based on goal attainment scaling (e.g. Ottenbacher, 1986) and the Global Review Form (Bentley et al, 2017). Both aspects of the study will include a central health economics component.
Bentley, N., Davies, J., Sellen, J. & Maggs, R.G. (2017). An initial evaluation of the Global Review Form as an approach to measuring individual change within forensic services. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 28(4), 458-476 DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2017.1301526Davies, J. (2018). An Initial Independent Examination of the Joint Funding Matrix Decision Support Tool. Unpublished Report for Western Bay ProgrammeOttenbacher, K.J. (1986). Evaluating Clinical Change. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree Psychology or a very closely related subject.
They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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