PhD Studentship, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Publish Date: Oct 14, 2015

Deadline: Nov 02, 2015

PhD Studentship, Anglia Ruskin University

About Anglia Ruskin University:

Our vibrant, modern University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally and we have ambitious plans for our future. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investments. With an annual income of £190m and over 35,000 students, we are a major force for higher education in the East of England.

About the role:


The PhD: This is the traditional route to a doctorate, in which a period of research is undertaken and then published in a thesis. When studying towards a PhD an in-depth research study is required to answer one or more research questions. Completion of the doctorate will identify that you are an expert in your field and will demonstrate a proven ability to problem-solve and to perform original research at a very high level contributing to the existing body of knowledge within your own specialist field.

Please note that a research degree at doctoral level requires the ability to work autonomously as there are no taught elements to the course. Training and supervisory support are available throughout the period of study and we encourage our students to take part in workshops, conferences and other platforms available to discuss and present their work etc.

The following link will take you to the ARU Research pages on our website;

Outline of Research Proposal:

This PhD will explore the feasibility of preventing childhood obesity during pregnancy. You'll be encouraged to consider exploring barriers and facilitators to behaviour change amongst pregnant women who are obese and/or midwives and other health professionals. We're also interested in understanding how overweight and obesity amongst midwives and health professionals impacts on their ability to raise the issue with pregnant women. You'll have a good understand of theories of behaviour change and the UK NHS. You'll be expected to work autonomously to explore the literature, design and undertake the research.

For further information please contact: Dr Sarah Burch, Director of Research and Scholarly Activity ( or Vicky Stevenson, Research Degrees Administrator (

Funding notes:

The position is for a full-time student commencing study in January 2016 with an annual £15,000 stipend plus fees paid at UK/EU rates (currently £4,350 per annum) for 3 years. Non EU overseas applicants are welcome to apply but are required to pay the difference between the UK/EU tuition fees and International fees (currently £10,500 per annum). You'll be expected to undertake up to 6 hours teaching each week during term time.

You should hold a Master’s degree awarded by a UK University, or an overseas Master’s of equivalent standard, provided that the Master’s degree is in an appropriate cognate area (psychology, public health, nursing science) and that the Master’s degree included training in research and the execution of a research project.

To apply please follow the link below which will take you to an online application form. Please ensure that your application is clearly marked ‘Obesity Prevention during Pregnancy’

Once you've completed the form please submit together with all supporting documentation to the appropriate Admissions team;

UK/EU applicants –

International applicants -

Once we have received all applications for this studentship from Admissions, we will discuss each one and shortlist before sending out invitations to interview. Unsuccessful applications will be notified as soon as possible.

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