Psychology: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: The GUIDE Cymru: All Wales mental health literacy in all Year 9 children in Wales

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 25 June 2018

\This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.\*
PhD scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Psychology
It is now widely accepted that approximately 70% of mental disorders can be diagnosed prior to age 25 years. Over recent years the prevalence of mental health difficulties in the general population has increased significantly. We aim to enhance early intervention of mental health problems by teaching our children and adolescents how to recognise and intervene in common mental disorders. This should lead to improvements in mental health outcomes, enhanced educational attainment, and better educational and economic outcomes for our young people.
The PhD project aims to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and increase help-seeking related to common mental health difficulties for a whole population of Year 9 children in secondary school in Wales (30,000 children approximately, delivered via 615 teachers and 205 schools – 3 teachers per school).  This should produce significant health and social benefits to children and young people in Wales. The mental health literacy intervention will be provided by Action for Children in collaboration with Swansea University. The PhD project will be to evaluate this intervention via a Randomised Control Trial (RCT).The evaluation involves data collection in schools across Wales and it is therefore essential that the PhD candidate is able to travel and access to a car would be highly beneficial.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 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 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in psychology or a 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 ÂŁ14,483 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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