Research Studentships


National Institute for Health Research  Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast: Studentships in Health Inequalities

16 PhD Studentships

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC) brings together NHS organisations, local authorities and academic leaders from the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Central Lancashire, to accelerate the translation of research findings into service improvements and maximise the potential for applied health research within the partner organisations to improve health and reduce health inequalities. 

The key focus of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC’s applied health research and implementation programme is to find effective and innovative ways to tackle health inequalities across the region. The key programme themes are:

  • Delivering Personalised Health and Care
  • Knowledge Exchange and Effective Implementation
  • Evidence Synthesis Collaboration
  • Improving Mental Health
  • Improving Public Health
  • Managing Complex Needs

More details on each theme and further information about NIHR CLAHRC NWC can be found at the website

The NIHR CLAHRC NWC is now inviting applications for full-time (3 years) PhD studentships to start in the forthcoming academic year (2015/2016).

We are looking for exceptional individuals to fill a new cohort of PhD studentships which are targeted at reducing health inequalities.   Suitable candidates should have at least an upper-second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant health, social care, or pertinent methodological subject. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate the following skills: communication, presentation/writing, IT, time-management and the ability to be self-motivated/work alone.

Students may choose to study at either the University of Liverpool (6 studentships available), Lancaster University (5 studentships available) or the University of Central Lancashire (5 studentships available).  Details of the PhD topics available at each of the three Universities can be obtained by e-mailing

Bursaries will be provided through the partner universities and will incorporate an annual stipend of £14,057 and tuition fees.  All applicants need to be UK/EU nationals because of the nature of the funding. EU nationals will require an overall IELTS score of 7.

For information about the five opportunities at Lancaster University please contact Dr Ana Porroche-Escudero for an informal discussion.  In preparing and developing your application, we recommend you contact the highlighted project lead for more detailed discussion of your research proposal. We also recommend you to use the CLAHRC NWC’s Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit to ensure that your project fits the CLAHRC criteria.

 The proposed projects are listed below for information. 

  • A project looking at chronic illness, economic insecurity and employment in system resilience in disadvantaged neighbourhoods (Project lead Dr Paula Holland)
  • A project looking at interventions aimed at increasing system resilience in disadvantaged neighbourhoods to enhance health and wellbeing amongst young people (Project lead Dr Mark Limmer)
  • A project looking at mechanisms linked to enhanced personal recovery in the context of psychosis and severe mood disorders amongst people living in disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances (Project leads Professor Steven Jones and Professor Fiona Lobban).
  • A project looking at mapping and managing the care of people with end stage alcohol related liver disease (MEDAL) to develop an integrated end of life care service (Project leads Dr Nancy Preston and Dr Mark Limmer)

Deadline for applications: 3rd July 2015.

 Interviews will take place from late July onwards.

For more information check the Lancaster website:

To apply click here: (quoting ref CLAHRC/NWC/2015):

Details of the PhD topics available at each of the three Universities can be obtained by e-mailing

More about NIHR CLAHRC NWC can be found at the website





ESRC-Funded Research Studentships

Lancaster University forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). A large number of studentships, covering tuition and maintenance, are available for those wishing to study in areas covered by the ESRC at Lancaster, Liverpool or Manchester. Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions.

Details of the provision and funding offered by the NWDTC are available here.


Other Funding Options

For more information about postgraduate funding, please see Fees & Funding.