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School of Business and Management

Life Sciences Initiative PhD Studentship 2015 Entry


“Accelerating translational research in Primary care: An East London study and beyond”

The School of Business and Management (SBM) is seeking a well-qualified applicant to undertake a PhD relating to a cross-faculty collaborative project with the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) entitled “Accelerating translational research in Primary care: An East London study and beyond”. Applications are invited for this three-year PhD Scholarship commencing on September 2015.

This PhD studentship will be supervised by Dr Manuela Perrotta and Professor Maxine Robertson (SBM), and Dr David Collier (WHRI). It will examine the key factors and processes that promote patient and clinician engagement and enrolment in both commercial and non-commercial clinical trials aimed at better understanding the development of effective primary care preventative medicine interventions and improve the public health in East London and beyond both theoretically/conceptually and pragmatically.

The award
This studentship is part of 5 individual studentships being advertised and funded by the Life Sciences Institute at QMUL. LSI Studentships are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK and EU only. The Studentship is for full-time study and consists of the full cost of fees and £15,786 a year for maintenance for 3 years. The School also provides all students with a £1000 research allowance for conference attendance and other research related expenses. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the 3 year period of the studentship.

Candidate profile
To apply you will normally have a first degree with first class honours (or equivalent) and a Master's degree at distinction level, in one of the following fields: business/management, sociology, anthropology, public health or a discipline specifically related to the research topic. 

Research experience in a relevant area would be advantageous and experience of a range of qualitative research methods is desirable. 

Applicants are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7 at the time of application.

All applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; and compatibility with the theme of the studentship.

How to apply
For an informal discussion please contact Dr Manuela Perrotta ( or Professor Maxine Robertson ( For further details and how to apply visit: and see the School’s web pages:

General enquiries should be addressed to the PhD Administrator, Monira Begum (

Application deadline
The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 March 2015. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed shortly after the closing date (either face-to-face or by telephone).