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Durham University has two PhD studentship available, jointly funded by Durham University and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria (ARC).

Applicants will provide a project proposal (one side of A4) which fits within one or more of the NENC ARC themes (available here We are particularly interested in projects relating to the multimorbidity, ageing and frailty and prevention, early intervention and behaviour change themesThe student will be based in Durham City; the Department and supervisory team will be project and theme dependent. Applicants must apply to the department in which their research primarily fits. We wish to appoint one studentship primarily supervised by a department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and one primarily supervised by a department in the Faculty of Science. Further details of the research interests of our academy can be found on our departmental websites.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Leanne Trick to discuss their application or project idea to ensure that their application and proposal fits with the research interests of Durham University academics and the aims of the NENC ARC.

Deadline for applications is 2nd November 2020, 5pm.

Funding eligibility

Applications are welcome from strong UK and EU students. The studentship covers tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for three years and provides an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 p.a. for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements to study a postgraduate programme at Durham University are normally:

  • Achievement of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or an equivalent degree qualification from an overseas university in a health-related subject or relevant area. Full details of qualification equivalencies by country can be found here.
  • Two satisfactory academic references.
  • English language evidence may also be required if applicants are not native speakers of English.

Some departments may have different or additional entry requirements. Please check the appropriate departmental web page for further guidance on their PhD entry requirements.

How to apply

If you wish to apply please click here to register for our applicant portal.. This will be your gateway to apply to study at Durham University and to information about your application. Please follow the steps below to submit your application:

  • Click on “Apply for Postgraduate Study” and complete the required details to register for the applicant portal. You will receive an email asking you to verify your account. Follow the link to complete the registration process.
  • Visit your portal home page and click “Create New Application”.
  • Choose the PhD programme using our Course Search (you can search using a key word), pick your year of entry (2020/2021) and intake month (January) and study full time and then click the “Apply” button. The application will open with your chosen course pre-populated.
  • You can complete the sections of your application in any order and if you wish to save your application and return to complete it later, simply press save and return to your home page. Your application will be available to resume.
  • Attach your project in .doc or .pdf format.
  • Once your application is complete, read and tick to agree to the declaration section and press submit. Please ensure you enter “ARC Studentship” in the scholarship section. Your application will then be sent to our admissions staff for consideration.
  • Your proposal will then be considered by your chosen lead department for quality and fit. It will then be forwarded to the Durham University ARC management team for evaluation with all proposals seeking an ARC studentship.

You can keep up to date with the progress of your application and any action requests or notifications from our admissions team via your portal home page.