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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships Health, Social Care and Medicine

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project in which they are working. PGRs working on health-related or medical projects are normally housed in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England. It is the home of the new Edge Hill University Medical School. The Faculty has an excellent and rapidly growing research portfolio and community of postgraduate researchers. Research within the Faculty is supported by substantial external funding and involves both national and international collaborations. Our excellent relationships with health and social care providers ensure research in the Faculty is highly relevant to the rapidly changing health and social care landscape.

Research in the Faculty spans three main themes:

  • Prevention and management of conditions in adults.
  • Improving professional practice.
  • Children, young people, and families.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages.  All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to the study of Health, Social Care or Medicine to Professor Lucy Bray, Graduate School research degree contact for the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.

Research themes

Children, young people and families

Exploring the use of physical activity as a treatment option for mental illness in children and young people

The project will look to assess the feasibility and acceptability of physical activity interventions being used in conjunction with traditional treatment pathways for mental ill health or as an alternative option.
Food literacy – the knowledge, skills and practices of adolescents and the food they eat.

This study will investigate the ability of adolescents to select, prepare and eat, as well as plan and manage their food intakes. Their intakes will additionally be quantified to see if they are meeting their nutritional requirements by comparing to dietary reference values.

Experience and self-management of bronchiectasis in children and adolescents.

Bronchiectasis is a chronic respiratory disease of the airways that produces persistent productive cough and recurrent respiratory infectious exacerbations, with significant impact on quality of life and health burden. Self-management has been found to be effective in other chronic childhood respiratory diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis but there is currently a paucity of evidence on the lived experience of children and families with bronchiectasis and best practice for self-management.
Recurrent miscarriage and nutritional intake.

This study will work with the recurrent miscarriage clinic at Liverpool Women’s Hospital to explore the nutritional intake of women attending the service. Dietary intake data will be compared to recommended nutritional intakes for pregnancy and pregnancy outcome data.

Improving professional practice

The life skills of medical and nursing students

“Life skills” are the skills needed to succeed in life and include teamwork, emotional & social skills, communication skills, leadership, and problem solving. The aim of this project is to explore if such skills enhance nursing and medical student’s psychological wellbeing and mental health, along with their performance in clinical situations.

A more person-centred system? Exploring the discretionary space of adult service social workers.

The study will seek to explore whether notions of ‘person-centred’ practice are being embedded within adult service social work practice, with a specific focus on the discretionary spaces available to, and practices of, statutory adult service social workers.

Prevention and management of conditions in adults

Extending understandings of functional neurological disorders utilising family and friends’ perspectives on Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD).

Narrative interviews of family and friends, nominated by participants in an ongoing study of trauma and NEAD, to extend understandings of the social and relational aspects of the condition.