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PhD studentship to study at the Centre for Dementia

*NOTE: Applications should be emailed to*

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands-funded PhD studentship to study at the Centre for Dementia, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student who will carry out research exploring how an app may improve independence for people with dementia

People with dementia lose much more than just their memory and daily living skills. They can also lose their independence, their dignity and status, their confidence and morale, and their roles both within the family and beyond. This PhD builds on our pioneering work in the PRIDE (Promoting Independence in Dementia) study (funded by the ESRC & NIHR) and explores how the PRIDE app, which promotes lifestyle changes and self-management, may support independence for people with early dementia and also benefit their families, and the NHS and social care. The PhD will help to develop and implement a clinical trial using the PRIDE app for people with mild dementia living in community settings.

The PhD will be hosted by the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham and the Centre for Dementia at the Institute of Mental Health. The student will learn about many aspects of dementia care research including outcome measures and complex interventions, and will become a member of the Europe wide INTERDEM Academy.

This funded PhD will commence in Autumn 2019. A yearly stipend at current UKR&I rates (£15,009), plus UK/EU student tuition fees (£4,327), is available to the successful applicant.

How to apply

Applicants should have a 2.1 or higher honours degree in a relevant subject.

The successful applicant will be expected to visit research sites on a regular basis and should be able to travel across the East Midlands.

You will need to complete our PhD funding form, which can be found here. Your application must include a research proposal, which should explore the key issues that you want to examine in more detail, and what methodological approaches you would employ.

In addition, please also enclose the following with your application form:

  • Transcripts of all your academic qualifications. If you have not completed your degree yet, you should include a transcript of the marks received to date. Any offer is conditional upon achieving the required standard.
  • Two academic references.
  • English language test result, if English is not your first language.

Entry onto the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology PhD programme is very competitive. If you fulfil all of the admissions requirements it does not guarantee that you will be offered a place. We also consider:

  • The quality of your research proposal. 
  • References.
  • Your personal statement.

Please quote ref: “CLAHRC-Dementia PhD 2019” in all correspondence.

Closing date: 8am (BST) on 8th July 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications should be emailed to

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview on 22nd July, held at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, NG7 2TU. The successful candidate will be notified as soon as possible after interview.

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Published on: 7 Jun 2019