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Four new PhD studentships launched at SSPSSR

Exciting opportunities to join one of two prestigious research centres at SSPSSR have opened up with the launch of four new PhD studentships for scholars interested in researching applied health and social care.

Three of the studentships are based at the University’s Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS), and the fourth is based with the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).

Both research centres have close links with each other and are based within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at Kent, one of the largest social science communities in Europe. SSPSSR is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

For all four studentships, we are looking for applicants who are:

  • enthusiastic about applied health and social care research
  • have completed a health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.

As a PhD scholar with CHSS or PSSRU, you will become part of the research communities within the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) and the University of Kent. ARC KSS is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and care of patients and the public.

Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS) 

CHSS is a centre of research excellence which undertakes high quality research into a wide range of health systems and health services issues at local, national and international levels. CHSS also supports and advises health care staff to develop and undertake research projects. CHSS collaborates with a wide range of partners in Kent, the UK and in other countries to improve the links between research, policy and practice.

Apply by Friday 23 July for the following scholarships at CHSS:

For the CHSS studentships, students are required to apply to SSPSSR’s PhD Applied Health Research

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) 

PSSRU is a leading social care research group that conducts policy analysis, research and consultancy in the UK and internationally. The Unit’s mission is to undertake high quality research on social and health care to inform and influence policy, practice and theory.

PSSRU’s current research programme focuses on needs, resources and outcomes in social and health care, with particular emphasis on economic aspects of community care, residential and nursing home provision, social care markets and commissioning, long-term care finance, and mental health policy. The PSSRU has long had close and productive links with policy-makers in the UK and elsewhere.

Apply by Friday 23 July for the following scholarship at PSSRU:

For the PSSRU studentship, students are required to apply to SSPSSR’s PhD in Social Policy