PhD Research Opportunities
Working towards REF2014, Glasgow Caledonian University is continuing to develop future capacity in its areas of strength. We are seeking PhD applications from highly qualified individuals in areas which fit with our own research excellence.
How to apply
An applicant will normally hold a first or second class honours degree of a university in the UK or a qualification which is regarded by the University as equivalent to such an honours degree.
To apply for a PhD you must complete a Research Application - GCU Postgraduate Application Form.
If you require further information about a project, please contact the Staff Contact for that project using the email address in the project summary.
You must include the project reference number for the project that you wish to apply for in the Project Area section of the form. The University will wish to interview applicants shortlisted for a PhD. You will receive notification from the University if you are requested to attend an interview.
Please note that there is funding attached only to those PhD opportunities marked with Studentships.
School of Health and Life Sciences
Scottish e-Health data linkage in epidemiological studies of pelvic floor disorders - Studentship available
Supervisors: Professor Suzanne Hagen, Dr Jo Booth, Ms Nadine Dougall
The UK, and Scotland in particular, has an enviable reputation for undertaking population-based research, being one of a handful of countries in the world with data-linkage capability stretching back more than 30 years. The emerging discipline of e-Health data linkage is substantially and recently underpinned in infrastructure support by research council and voluntary sector funding (view examples from the Medical Research Council). This PhD offers scope for relevant research training in a discipline which has a shortage of trained individuals in a rapidly expanding market.
Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research studentship within the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) at Glasgow Caledonian University. This PhD will focus on methodological approaches to linked health data using the exemplar clinical topic area of pelvic floor disorders. The PhD will capitalise on a candidate’s quantitative skills (data management and/or statistical expertise) and provides scope for comprehensive development of expertise in data management and statistical approaches in summarising and forecasting linked data.
The techniques learned using the exemplar clinical topic area are highly relevant and will provide transferable skills to many other topic areas, not necessarily restricted to health. For instance, contemporary initiatives which are underway by the Scottish Government in establishing a framework for wider data-linkage research e.g. health and education.
Scotland as a centre for e-health data linkage research:
Scotland is a unique laboratory for data linkage research, having hospital records coded by a unique community health index (CHI) number going back as far as 1981. Health records are data-warehoused by the NHS in Scottish Morbidity Registers (SMRs) and are provisioned for access by researchers in studying disorders along the life course.
Exemplar clinical topic area:
As life expectancy continues to climb and the ageing population increases so does the prevalence of female health conditions such as pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) and related symptoms which have a detrimental effect on quality of daily life. There is currently insufficient accurate epidemiological data to confirm the scale of the problem and whether improved health outcomes have been achieved over time. There is also no routine mechanism established to check whether specific clinical interventions for PFDs have any lasting impact on the lives of women affected.
Using national retrospective NHS Scotland SMR data, we propose an analysis of SMR linked data of general hospital and maternity admissions in assessing incidence rates and period prevalence rates of PFDs admissions by demographic factors.
A nested cohort study is also proposed of those women who have been recruited into primary research trials of interventions for PFDs and who have consented to onward linking to medical records. Anonymised SMR outcome data for these women will be used in statistical models to assess associated benefits to women of surgical versus other interventions in the time span since recruitment commenced a decade ago.
Taken together, these analyses will provide an assessment of longer term trends of PFDs as a public health concern and will provide impact through the provision of rich information for policy decisions on allocation of resources to clinical care. This PhD would consolidate expertise in an emerging research area where analysts are scarce.
About the NMAHP Research Unit:
This PhD studentship will be based within the NMAHP RU at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). This Unit is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates and allied to the Institute for Applied Health Research (IAHR) within GCU. It has academic bases within Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Stirling. NMAHP RU’s remit is to conduct high quality applied research that enables Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals to impact on the lives of the people of Scotland and beyond. NMAHP RU is a multidisciplinary research unit with around 50 staff, including nurses, midwives, allied health professions, psychologists, sociologists, statisticians and research methodologists. We work collaboratively with academic and clinical colleagues in the Ageing Syndromes Research Group (GCU IAHR), across Scotland and internationally. The Unit has a strong emphasis on increasing capacity and capability of NMAHP researchers at all levels, including PhD students (currently numbering 16 in total).
This studentship will suit an individual with statistical/quantitative skills and interest in a career in applied health services research. An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is essential. A masters degree is desirable.
The studentship provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,600 per year over a three year period: please note that students from outside the EU are required to pay the difference between International and EU fees, currently this would amount to £6,672 per annum. Funding for materials, travel and conferences is available. Relevant methodological training will be provided, for example, in epidemiology, data linkage and/or statistical approaches.
Application forms are available from email@example.com Applicants should complete the University PhD application form stating the title/reference of the studentship, and send this, together with their CV, copies of academic qualifications, references and any other required documentation and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: 23 September 2013.
Contact for further information: Professor Suzanne Hagen, email@example.com, 0141 331 8104.
Management of chronic conditions
Applied Health, Active Living
Ageing; Later Life; Vision Science
Ageing, Later Life
Managing and Living with Long Term Conditions
- The objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- Effects of structured exercise rehabilitation on free-living physical activity and quality of life in individuals with intermittent claudication
- An evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions to change physical activity behaviour in a clinical population
Managing long term conditions
Healthcare associated infection
- Patient experience of isolation in today's NHS
- Development of methods for post discharge surveillance of healthcare associated infection
- The measurement and understanding of the acceptability of healthcare screening, intervention and treatment
- Efficacy of linezolid in the treatment of healthcare associated staphylococcal infections
Visual Neuroscience – Vision Science
- Modelling the neurological control of binocular vision during and after exposure to 3D display technology
- The use of 3D display technology in the treatment of binocular vision dysfunction
- The geographic and socioeconomic distribution of refractive error and their association with life-long learning opportunities
Diabetes and Obesity
- Gut hormones and their functional role in pancreatic islet modulation in diabetes and obesity
- Fibrosis in diabetes: the role of insulin-like growth factor binding proteins
- Ageing in diabetic wound healing capacity
- Role of circulating vasoactive peptides in the control of blood flow through the placenta in diabetic pregnancy
- The role of connexins in the development and function of human placenta in health and diabetes
Heath Protection and Improvement
Promoting and Protecting Health and Wellbeing
- Supporting families: understanding and intervening to promote health and wellbeing for children, parents and families
- Promotion of Healthy Patterns of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in the Workplace
- Epidemiological study of the health and healthcare of children born to mothers with a history of problem drug use and associated harms
Improving Health and Wellbeing
Improving Health and Wellbeing: Diabetes
Self-management in Long Term Conditions
Long Term conditions
Glasgow School for Business and Society
History of child health and welfare
Innovation and ethics
Public Management/Human Resource Management
Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health
Social Business, focussing mostly on health and well-being impacts
School of Engineering and Built Environment
Sustainable Urban Environments
- Fire Analysis and Design of Tall Timber Buildings - Closing date: 13 December 2013
- New generation high performance cementitious composites for safer and more cost-effective infrastructure
- A GIS approach to assess land cover changes and the implications for urban climate change
- Climate Change and Environmental Migration - Understanding the Paradigm Through A Climate Justice Lens
- Engaging for Urban Water Quality: pharmaceutical disposal and residents’ behaviours
Environmental Technology and Management
Diagnostic Systems and Sensors - Studentships available
- Mechanisms of salt deposition and surface flashover on outdoor insulators in the vicinity of shoreline - Studentship available. Closing date 25 October 2013.
- The Effect of Non-Standard Transmission Voltage Waveforms on High Voltage Insulation Degradation in the Developing Smart Grid
Visual Affective Pervasive Systems
Other PhD Opportunities
UK-Indonesia Dikti Scholarship Programme
The UK-Indonesia Dikti Scholarship Programme will enable Indonesian lecturers to undertake doctoral study in the UK. All academic disciplines and research areas will be funded under the programme and researchers can directly to the GCU and follow the standard application process.
The scholarships will cover all fees for three years of PhD study, fully funded by the Indonesian government.