PhD Studentship 3-year

£13,726 pa Stipend

NIHR PhD Studentship – Public health interventions for healthy ageing

The Liverpool and Lancaster Collaboration for Public Health Research (LiLaC), and the Department of Public Health and Policy of the University of Liverpool, are pleased to offer a PhD studentship which will contribute to the applied public health research programme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School of Public Health Research collaboration (SPHR).*

Studentship description

The proposed focus of the studentship is the development and testing of a methodology for evaluating public health interventions to support healthy ageing. This work will be linked to the ‘Ageing Well’ theme within the SPHR collaboration, and specifically to evaluation of the World Health Organization ‘Age-Friendly Cities’ initiative (AFCI). The component to be carried out under this studentship would be expected to include the following elements:

  • Systematic review of factors influencing health for one or more of the eight AFCI domains, including investigation of the most appropriate measures of health and wellbeing in older people for this purpose (for example, extending healthy years of life).  
  • Development of a tool which can be used to evaluate the suitability and likely effectiveness of current and/or planned interventions in the same domain(s).
  • Initial testing of the tool, with reporting of (i) the findings in respect of the intervention(s) assessed and (ii) how the tool should be further developed and applied.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop the detailed project proposal in light of further discussion with the project team, and taking into account any revisions to the scope and methodology planned for the AFC evaluation study and the overall Ageing Well theme.

The studentship will be supervised internally by Professor Nigel Bruce.  Awards will be made for a maximum of three years full-time study from October 2013.

Funding covers:

  • Stipend (£13,726 per annum)
  • Fees (UK/EU rate only. Overseas students would be required to cover the balance between these and overseas fees)
  • A research training/fieldwork grant

Person Specification

Candidates should have a first degree equivalent to a 2:1 or above in a relevant subject from a recognised University or Higher Education Institution. A Masters level postgraduate qualification is desirable but not essential.


Overseas applicants whose first language is not English will only be considered if they have achieved an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum pass of 5.5 in each of the core components.

Application Process

Please send: 1) a CV; 2) a structured covering letter stating the reasons for your interest in the studentship and why you feel your experience and qualifications would make you a suitable candidate for this work; 3) transcripts and degree certificates (UG/PGT); and 4) details of two referees. Applications should be submitted electronically to Lindsey Edmonds via the “Apply” button below.

Interviews will be held the week of the 5th August, 2013


Closing Date: 23 July 2013

*The National Institute for Health Research provides the framework through which the research staff and research infrastructure of the NHS in England are positioned, maintained and managed as a national research facility. Information on the NIHR School of Public Health Research can be found at: .

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