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Fully Funded PhD Scholarships at University of Birmingham

Updated: May 6



The Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham has two fully funded PhD scholarships. Both opportunities will cover fees and provide an annual living allowance (stipend) for three years.


Candidates will be expected to have a very good undergraduate degree, minimum of a 2:1, and/or a good Masters degree in a relevant subject. We encourage applications from women and those of diverse backgrounds, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups are under-represented across the University of Birmingham.


More details of the opportunities are below. Potential candidates should apply to undertake a PhD within the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham, and indicate when applying which studentship they wish to be considered for (see here for guidance on the application process).


School for Social Care Research PhD


This Scholarship will start in September 2020 and aims to support a promising researcher in the field of adult social care practice. Applications will be considered for research on other aspects of adult social care practice that reflect the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)’s priorities (see Business Plan ).


Applications will be assessed on (a) the quality of the student’s academic achievements and preparedness for doctoral level study; (b) the quality of the research proposal; (c) the potential to contribute to cutting edge research; and (d) the match of the proposal to areas of research strength within the School. Since we are particularly keen to build on existing areas of research strength, all applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors and to discuss their proposal with them prior to online submission.


As part of preparing the application please make contact with potential supervisors. Professor Catherine Needham will be able to direct you to potential supervisors


The deadline for applications is Monday 24 June.


West Midlands Applied Research Collaboration PhD


This Scholarship will begin in October 2020 and support a promising researcher in the field of community-based health and social care for older people.

Located within the Department of Social Work and Social Care, College of Social Sciences, the studentship is shared with Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The studentship is funded through the National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM).


This studentship falls within the Acute Care research theme. The focus is a new community-based service in Birmingham that provides acute care to older people in care homes or their own homes, avoiding the need for hospital admission. There is scope to develop a proposal in line with the student’s specific interests but examples of relevant areas of enquiry include (but are not restricted to):


  • How does this model compare with other ‘hospital at home’ initiatives both in the UK and internationally?

  • How effectively do health and social care organisations collaborate in the design and delivery of the service?

  • What are the implications for social care of the community-based acute service and how are these addressed by the service?


For further information, please contact Doctor Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Department of Social Work and Social Care at d.l.tanner@bham.ac.uk.

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