MPhil/PhD Scholarship

Ref: VCS-HSC-01-13

An examination of public discourses on abortion in England: the role of ethnicity and religion.


The research will examine public discourses on abortion, with particular reference to exploring differences related to ethnicity and religion. The successful applicant will select two to three sub-groups for case studies, and will adopt a multi-method methodology to construct the case studies. This could include: content analysis, and discourse analysis, of relevant public discourses on abortion (national and community-based media and social media); interviews with key informants in the selected communities; focus groups with women from the selected communities. The study will analyse different socio-cultural constructions of abortion. It will focus on analysing how women may be represented in different ways in these discourses, and how this may be related to culture, and to religious ideology. It is recognised that this representation forms part of the socio-cultural context within which women make personal decisions about unintended pregnancies. 

The successful candidate will receive a £13726 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the university’s Home/EU rate for the duration of their scholarship, subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 

Applications are sought by the indicated closing date for starting in September 2013.

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For further information please contact the supervisor: Dr Lesley Hoggart 0208 331 8107,

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

The application form should be completed and returned to:  and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 UTC Tuesday 18 June 2013

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