Research scholarships, bursaries and studentships

Current studentship opportunity

OPTIMISE: Optimising patients’ surgical treatment choices in male Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Applications are sought for two full-time PhD studentships within the Department of Psychology. Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals wishing to undertake doctoral research and join a supportive and research-active community.

The Studentships provide an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the body of work (e.g. Husted et al. 2021) on men’s experiences of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), with the overall aim of optimising male patients’ surgical treatment choices for this common condition.

There is scope to determine the exact focus of each of the two PhD studentships, in consultation with the Directors of Study. However, we would expect that studies focus on:

  • Identifying meaningful outcomes for males undertaking surgical treatment for BPH – in other words, what does a “good improvement” look like from a patient’s perspective.
  • Determining how men choose between outcomes and risks associated with different surgical treatments to prioritise men’s values that drive surgical treatment choice for BPH.
  • Developing an intervention for use within clinical consultation to optimise patients’ surgical treatment choices whilst minimising the invasiveness of surgical procedures.
  • Improving shared decision making within BPH consultations.

The projects should draw on models and theories in health psychology and clinical health sciences and will require an applied, interdisciplinary approach. The studentship will involve working with patients, clinicians, and stakeholder organisations such as the British Association of Urology Surgeons (BAUS), and so the ability to engage with a wide variety of different audiences will be essential.

Candidates will require a higher degree or equivalent in Psychology or a related subject (e.g. sociology of health, health sciences). Studies may involve a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Candidates must be able to demonstrate sound knowledge and experience of these research methodologies.

For more information on this project please contact the Directors of Studies, Dr Margaret Husted or Dr Debra Gray.

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Studentship Information and Entry Requirements

The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time starting January 2023. The award includes full-time academic fees for UK students and an annual stipend. Annual renewal of the award is subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Applicants will normally have a track record of high academic achievement, relevant to the research proposal, demonstrated by a first class or high upper second undergraduate honours degree and a master’s degree (or equivalent) and supported by two academic references. The ability to work independently, with the support of a supervisory team, and the enthusiasm to contribute to a vibrant and stimulating research environment are essential.

Students currently enrolled in a Masters qualification who expect to graduate before December 2022 may apply, but must submit with their application portfolio a separate recommendation letter from their current University (if not Winchester) that predicts the standing of their expected qualification. This is in addition to two references.

Students who hold Masters level qualifications from outside the UK must send copies of their diplomas, copies of their transcripts (with a certified translation into English of their transcript if it is not in English) to the Doctoral School.

The ability to work independently, supported by a supervisory team, and to contribute to a vibrant research environment are essential.

The Studentships are open to UK students who meet the residency requirements set out in the UKRI Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

The University of Winchester welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, including BAME groups and non-standard pathways.

Key dates

  • Deadline for applications: 30 September 2022
  • Deadline for references sent direct from referees (see below): 30 September 2022
  • Interview dates: 2 & 3 November 2022
  • Awards start date: January 2023

For further information about the studentship process please email or phone Kay Carter on (+44 0)1962 826457.

How to apply

*Applications require two references, either two academic or one academic and one work-based.