Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Publish Date: Jun 03, 2015

Deadline: Jun 25, 2015

In the recent REF 2014 Research Assessment our research programme was ranked in the top half in the UK and fourth in the North West for Research Intensity. Overall, more than a third of our research received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent. You can find out more information at

We provide a rich and vibrant research environment for our doctoral students. You will have access to the University’s well- equipped research infrastructure, extensive library resources and multi-million pound state-of-the-art new science laboratory facilities (due to open in January 2016). Supervision is provided from world-leading and internationally excellent academic staff who will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills, and share the techniques and professional networks cultivated through their own cutting-edge research. Pastoral support is also provided, alongside academic guidance. You

will become part of the lifeblood of the University’s research community, and will be considered active partners in your own and the community’s development. You will also undertake professional development through a research skills training programme, accessing development opportunities which support the production of excellent research and enhance your employability.

This award would cover full tuition fees and a monthly maintenance grant each year for a maximum of three years offull-time doctoral study (subject to evidence of satisfactory progress and periodical review as deemed suitable by the supervisory team).

Successful candidates will also be expected to help with some light teaching (no more than six hours per week) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).

Please note: As the successful candidates will undertake a PhD through full-time study there will be an expectation for you not to take an external commitment or job during the duration of the PhD studies. The only work that the candidates will be permitted to undertake is the GTA role for providing teaching support.


Candidates should have or expect to achieve:

A Masters degree with Distinction from a UK university OR;

A Masters degree with Merit from a UK university, including a Distinction grade for the Dissertation [or equivalent] OR;

An equivalent qualification from outside of the UK equivalency to be judged by Liverpool Hope’s Registrar.

Where an applicant holds a Masters Degree from a UK university that does not offer awards with Merit, Liverpool Hope’s Registrar will confirm that the profile of marks satisfies or exceeds our requirements.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are prerequisites of any successful application. International applicants must produce appropriate TOFEL or IELTS score. Please refer to International Unit website at for more information.


Prospective applicants are advised to contact the relevant faculty member, i.e. Principal Investigator (PI) named on the Eligible Project listed overleaf to informally discuss their application before submission.

Eligible applicants should apply via the Online Application System located on our applicant web pages at please refer to the ‘Apply Now’ tab.

There will be three selection points. The first deadline for full applications is midnight on Thursday 25th June 2015. Subsequent deadlines will be announced soon.

Please note: The standard deadline for October 2015 Doctoral applications has passed; applications for the 2015Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships will need to select the January 2015/16 entry date option, but you will be considered for October 2015.

Expression of Interest is a formal stage of the online application – students applying should insert the following statement only: ‘2015 Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships’. Applicants are advised to do this at the earliest opportunity as the full application form is not released until this stage of our application process is complete.

Applicants will be able to upload copies of official academic achievements in undergraduate degree classification and master degree award, plus copies of official transcripts of all degree subjects taken, proof of English fluency (for non-nativeEnglish speakers only). Written sample of no more than 3,000 words will be required to demonstrate the applicant’s skills as a researcher and/or shows skills in organising and presenting research findings. Please see the attached guidelines.


Further details can also be obtained by contacting Research Officer Mr Chris Lowry quoting ‘2015 Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships’ in the subject line at

Applicants must also arrange for three academic references from academic referees to be sent directly to Mr Chris Lowry at by the application deadline. Applications without supporting references, sent directly from referees, will not be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.


For more information on the 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships and specific projects, please see the list below:



Physiological determinants of critical power and exercise tolerance in health & disease – Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Simon Marwood

Targeting parasite hibernation: post-genomics investigation of the metabolism of young malaria parasites – PI: Dr J Enrique Salcedo-Sora

Functional Genomic Analysis of HLA Region Disease Associations – PI: Professor Mehmet T Dorak

Nutrition Science

An investigation into the body composition, nutritional status and fitness of elite Hurling players in Ireland – PI: Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian

An investigation into the interrelationship between stress, psychological wellbeing, eating behaviour and nutritional status

– PI: Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian

Sports Science and Bio-Mechanics

Investigating the visuomotor and cortical mechanisms behind learning to use a prosthetic hand – PI: Dr Greg Wood

The multidimensional effect of supervised moderate exercise training on musculoskeletal function andhealth-related quality of life in age-related sarcopenia – PI: Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat



Is there a feminine sound?: Electroacoustic Music Composition trends and female practitioners in the UK, 1950+ - PIs: Associate Professor Laura Hamer and Dr Manuella Blackburn

Between composition and performance: The piano music of Franz Schubert (1797–1828) – PI: Dr Alberto Sanna

Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

The sense(s) of scripture in William Tyndale’s Works – PI: Dr Gergely Juhász

The concept of love and the use of Greek love terminology in Ancient Christian interpretation of the Bible – PI: Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz

Kierkegaard and the Posthuman – PI: Dr Steven Shakespeare

Exploring Asian Christianity and Mission in South Asia – PI: Professor Daniel Jeyaraj

English Language and Literature

Life-writing and the literature of the First World War – PIs: Dr Guy Cuthbertson and Associate Professor William Blazek

Travel, place, and borderlands in late eighteenth-centuryBritish writing – PIs: Dr Zoe Kinsley and Dr Guy Cuthbertson


History and Politics

The history of crime and punishment in Anglo-Irishliterature, c. 1850-1950 – PIs: Dr Sonja Tiernan and Dr Trish Ferguson

The early influences on the political development of Margaret Thatcher- PIs: Dr Bryce Evans and Dr Rob Busby

Peace-building and local agency – PIs: Dr Stefanie Kappler and Dr Catalina London-Montoya

Social Science and Social Work

The use and impact of low level sentences on offenders – PIs: Professor George Mair and Dr Esther Van Ginneken

The Third Sector in welfare provision: History and development of PSS – PIs: Professor Michael Lavalette and Dr Joe Greener

School Governance, community cohesion and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people – PIs: Professor George Mair and Dr David Lundie

Learning about blindness: art, literature and education in the 21st Century – PI: Dr David Bolt

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