Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic An exploration of the use of decision modelling in assessment of cost-effectiveness of stratified care in musculoskeletal disease
Reference number: RPCH2016/07/01
Abstract

The project is jointly hosted by the Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) and the Health Economics Unit (HEU) at the University of Birmingham. iPCHS is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele. It is dedicated to undertake research that will improve the quality and content of primary care for arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain and associated comorbidities. It hosts the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre-of-Excellence and is a current member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. The HEU is one of the foremost health economics research groups within the UK and has strong internal, external and international collaborations.


Background: Musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, sciatica, or osteoarthritis of the hip and knee are common and can have a high impact on people’s everyday activities, work, sleep and quality of life. The challenge for clinicians, including GPs and physiotherapists, is to recognise early on which patients are likely to recover quickly and can be supported to self-manage, whereas others may need onward referral to more intensive (and sometimes expensive) treatments. Keele University has developed a stratified care approach which enables clinicians to better distinguish between these different subgroups of patients, and offer matched treatments from which they are likely to benefit most.


Stratified care has been successful in patients with back pain, leading to less disability, fewer days of work, and lower health care costs compared to usual primary care for back pain.


Aims and Methods: This PhD project will make use of data from existing studies to describe the long-term course of back pain and sciatica, and use advanced statistical and economic methods to estimate potential long-term benefits and costs of stratified care compared to usual care for back pain and sciatica. The overall aim is explore and develop methods for building health economic decision models to synthesise data from cohort studies and trials run by Keele University to estimate the cost-effectiveness of stratified primary care for back pain and sciatica compared with usual care. This will allow patients, clinicians, and policy makers to make better decisions regarding the use of healthcare resources and the wider implementation of stratified care for musculoskeletal conditions.

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Duration 3 years from October 2016 (exact date to be confirmed)
Fees All fees will be paid at current UK/EU rates, for three years only
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date 22 July 2016

Apply online here


Research Topic Humanities

English and American Literature; Creative Writing; European, British, Transnational and American History; Music and Music Technology; Media, Communication and Cultural Studies; Film Studies

Reference number: HumSS2016/17-12
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to announce a major investment in Postgraduate Research Studentship opportunities across the Humanities to attract outstanding candidates to join its vibrant research environment.

 

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 94% of work in the Humanities at Keele was judged to be of at least international standard, with between 67% and 82% in the top two categories, denoting Internationally Excellent and World Leading research (3* and 4*).

 

For 2016-2017 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across:

 

  • Music and Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature
  • European, British, Transnational and American History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies

 

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is proud of its postgraduate research community, which we see as a vital part of the broader research culture within the University.  Our students enjoy high quality office space within a building dedicated to Humanities & Social Sciences research, the Claus Moser Research Centre, which brings together space for conferences and events, workshops, video conferencing, postgraduate research symposia, research projects, and a Faculty Research Office team dedicated to making your experience at Keele run as smoothly as possible.

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:  http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-humanities2016-2017

 

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Please note that you must provide the following with your application:

  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
  • A completed Case for Support form (Case for Support 2016-17)

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Ceri Morgan (c.m.morgan@keele.ac.uk ) and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: humanities.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Apply online by selecting the research subject area here.


Research Topic Law, Ethics & Society
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-8
Abstract

The School of Law at Keele University comprises world-class scholars and research clusters. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, 26% of Law's submitted research was world leading (4*) and 65% judged at 3* and 4*. It is ranked 15th out of 67 nationally for the impact of its research, and 88% of its research environment was graded as 3* and 4*. The School has particular research strength in Healthcare and Bioethics; International and European Law; Professions, Practice, and Legal Education; Private Law, Theory and Practice; and Social Justice and Human Rights. Across these clusters, researchers draw on a range of socio-legal, critical, analytical-philosophical and doctrinal approaches.

The School brings together approximately 25 active researchers and 35 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

For 2016-2017, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of legal scholarship in which we have appropriate supervisory expertise.

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit: 

 

http://www.keele.ac.uk/law/research/researchclusters/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Please note that you must provide the following with your application:

  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
  • A completed Case for Support form (Case for Support 2016-17)

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Law Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Alex Sharpe and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Find out more and apply for Law or Ethics


Research Topic Centre for Social Policy:
Ageing and Intergenerational Relations; Children, Families and Society:Communities, Identities and Mobilities; Crime, Social Justice and Policing; Public Policy
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-9
Abstract

The interdisciplinary Centre for Social Policy at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research groups. Our excellence in research has been recognised in REF2014: in the latest national assessment of research quality, 74% of our research was judged as either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We were also ranked 1st in the sector for our research environment. The Centre brings together 45 active researchers and 105 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated PGR office suites and meeting rooms, transferable skills training and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

For 2016-2017, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities across its five main clusters:

 

  • Ageing and Intergenerational Relations
  • Children, Families and Society   
  • Communities, Identities and Mobilities  
  • Crime, Social Justice and Policing 
  • Public Policy  

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/sspp/research/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Please note that you must provide the following with your application:

  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
  • A completed Case for Support form (Case for Support 2016-17)

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with Dr Mark Featherstone (m.a.featherstone@keele.ac.uk) and potential supervisors. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641, or look at the subject areas here: http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Find out more and apply for:

Criminology

Education

Health Policy & Governance

Human Geography

Nursing

Public Policy

Social Gerontology

Social Policy

Social Work

Sociology


Research Topic Politics, International Relations & Environment
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-10
Abstract

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research clusters. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the Times Higher Education ranked us 4th out of 56 in the country for the impact of our research, and 90% of the overall submission was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent, or internationally recognised. The School brings together approximately 20 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

For 2016-2017, we are offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in area of Politics and International Relations with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/politicsandinternationalrelations/

 

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes. 

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Please note that you must provide the following with your application:

  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
  • A completed Case for Support form (Case for Support 2016-17)

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Chris Bailey (c.j.bailey@keele.ac.uk) and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Find out more and apply for Politics and International Relations


Research Topic Philosophy
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-11
Abstract

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) is home to world-class scholars in a small, friendly and research-intensive environment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 100% of work submitted in Philosophy was assessed as international standard, with 57% achieving the top two grades of Internationally Excellent or World Leading (3* and 4*).   SPIRE brings together approximately 20 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

 

Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in areas of Philosophy with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

 

http://www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/phd/

 

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes. 

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Please note that you must provide the following with your application:

  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
  • A completed Case for Support form (Case for Support 2016-17)

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Chris Bailey (c.j.bailey@keele.ac.uk) and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Find out more and apply for Philosophy


Research Topic Politics of Sustainable Prosperity/Grassroots Environmental Politics
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-13
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for two PhD studentships as part of its commitment to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). CUSP aims to explore alternative visions of a sustainable future where individuals and communities have the capabilities needed to flourish while living within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on any of the following themes:

  • The political economy of the limits to growth
  • Democratic theory related to environmentalism
  • Grassroots activism and environmental movements, directed towards prefigurative projects
  • Local/regional/national environmental governance

Applicants are welcome to identify other themes which are relevant to Keele’s projects within CUSP (http://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/p/ - P1 and P4 projects). It is recommended that applicants liaise with a Keele CUSP member (Dr Marit Böker, Dr Philip Catney or Professor Brian Doherty). 

 

About the ESRC's Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

CUSP aims to explore the concept of sustainable prosperity and to understand people’s aspirations for living sustainably.  A guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings - within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. Research will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions. The Centre is led by Professor Tim Jackson at University of Surrey, in collaboration with Middlesex, Goldsmiths, Oxford, Leeds, Anglia Ruskin, Keele, and Canterbury (NZ) Universities. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has funded the centre for five years and Middlesex University researchers will explore the alternative business and investment models needed to underpin resilience, sustainability and competitiveness.

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Applicants must submit the following documents to apply:

Please liaise with Helen Farrell if you require advice on the application process: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Apply online by following this link


Research Topic Economics and Management
Reference number: HumSS2016/17-7
Abstract

The Centre for Economics and Management in Keele Management School is home to world-class scholars and research clusters.  In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, the Centre increased its grade point average compared to the previous exercise, and 49% of outputs were judged to be in the top two categories – world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*).  The Centre brings together approximately 45 active researchers and 30 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.  Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

For 2016-2017, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of Economics and Management, though we are particularly keen to encourage applicants whose research falls into the following specific areas:

 

  • Applied Microeconomics and Finance
  • Any area of Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Organisation Studies and International Business

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/kms/research/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2016-17 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

Please note that you must provide the following with your application:

  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
  • A completed Case for Support form (Case for Support 2016-17)

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application, as supervisory fit is an important aspect of the selection process.  Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/studentships-socialsciences2016-17

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,151
Stipend £14,296
Closing date 31 July 2016

Find out more and apply for EconomicsManagement or Employment Policies & Equalities


Research Topic INVESTIGATION OF THE IMPACT OF BONE HEALTH & ACTIVITY LEVELS ON CARTILAGE REPAIR.
Reference number: ISTM2015-3
Abstract

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in cartilage regeneration funded by and based at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry which is part of the Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM) at Keele University. 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Three years from 1st September 2016
Fees Three years full time fees paid at current UK/EU rates

International, UK and EU students are welcome to apply. Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time.
Stipend Three years’ full time stipend paid at current Research Council rate (2016-17, £14,296)

International, UK and EU students are welcome to apply. Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time.
Closing date 31st July 2016

Apply online here


Research Topic Crowd psychology and theory based approaches to Policing football crowds in UK, Sweden and Denmark.
Reference number: FNSGS 2016-08
Abstract

During violent ‘disorder’ surrounding the opening round of the 2014 football season in Sweden, in the southern city of Helsingborg, a fan died from injuries sustained in an assault. This tragedy highlights the scale and intensity of the problems within football fan culture in Sweden and the fact that Swedish authorities are regularly forced to confront the issue of football related disorder. The challenges raised by the policing of football related ‘disorder’ are of course not confined to Sweden but shared across the world. Such challenges pose fundamental questions for understanding how to police football crowds in ways that minimise conflict whilst maximising the protection of basic human rights. Since 2005 there have been substantial reforms to public order policing policy, practice and guidance as this relates to the policing of crowds in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. In all three cases these reforms have been underpinned by theoretical understanding of the psychology of crowds, expertise now located at Keele. The reforms involve enhancing police capacity for dialogue to augment perceptions of police legitimacy, avoid disproportionate police use of force and reduce conflict by empowering ‘self-regulation’ among crowd participants. While new theory led capacity for managing crowds is regularly deployed in the context of policing protest crowds such capacity is less regularly applied in the context of football policing in the UK and Sweden. In contrast the general theory led reforms to public protest policing have flowed into changes in policing of football in Denmark with some strong indicators of success. For example, since the implementation on the new approach across Denmark football related arrests have been significantly declining  and in the last year dropped below 100 across the entire season nationally. Moreover, the Swedish Police service is currently exploring the implementation of a new ‘event police concept’ drawn directly from the Danish approach. In the UK there are also developments which suggest that new forms of football policing based upon these ideas and approaches will emerge toward the end of 2016. Whilst there is a great deal of evidence that such theory led, evidence based and ‘dialogue’ focused policing approaches have the capacity to reduce conflict in football crowds there is as yet little systematic data or analysis of implementation, behavioural outcomes or processes mediating their (in)effectiveness. This project will address this limitation by developing a programme of PhD research guided by specific objectives to:



  1. Gather direct evidence on the deployment, role and function of the police in policing practice across a range of football crowd events within the Swedish, UK and Danish contexts.

  2. Understand the impact of policing upon football crowd dynamics, psychology and behaviour, particularly as this relates to the avoidance of conflict and criminality.

  3. Advance understanding of the epistemology of evidence based approaches to the policing of crowd events.

  4. Deepen theoretical understanding of the relationships between public order policing and crowd behaviour, particularly with respect to police use of force and the maintenance of human rights.


The studentship will be a fundamental component of the academic research conducted within a major project in Sweden funded by the Galo Foundation in Stockholm to the value of 8.5 million Krona across four years between November 2015 and October 2019. ENABLE is a project designed to create an international network of key stakeholders and experts in the field of football related safety and security. The primary task of the network is to act as a consortium to develop and undertake programmes of evidence gathering and dissemination, in order to discuss, identify and share good practice in the management of crowds attending Swedish Professional Football matches. Between 2015 and 2019 the project will undertake systematic observations of the safety and security operations surrounding fixtures in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The network will also create conferences and workshops where learning, evidence and analysis can be applied to crowd management practices within Sweden. The network will also provide the necessary leadership to enable this knowledge to inform operational practices by stadium security officials and police.


This studentship will utilise ENABLE to stimulate and develop a programme of academic research that will be designed to complement and advance theoretical development in our understanding of good practice in relationship to the policing of conflict during football crowd events. Its methodology will be primarily comparative and ethnographic and involve periods where the student will work alongside police officers within Sweden, the UK and Denmark. The early stages of the project will focus upon student training, literature review, establishing working relationships and access. The intermediate stage will focus upon field based data gathering, which will take place primarily in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The final stages will focus on formal analysis, writing and dissemination.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees 100% tuition fees and stipend at Research council rates for 3 years.
Stipend Stipend for 2016/7 is £14296 per annum.
Closing date 31st July 2016

Apply online here