Postgraduate research opportunities

PhD Studentship - Systems Science in Public Health and Health Economics Research (SIPHER)

As part of the SIPHER research project, we are inviting applications for a fully funded PhD to explore policy approaches to public engagement and/or policy understandings of and/or responses to public values, opinions and preferences.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


9 January 2020


30 March 2020


3 years


First class or a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a research dissertation that was graded at 65+ and/or a relevant MSc qualification

Project Details

It is anticipated that the PhD will employ qualitative or mixed methods to explore this topic, although this expectation is not prescriptive and we are open to receiving proposals to explore this area with quantitative methods. The PhD is linked to the SIPHER research project, more details of which can be found at the consortium website.

SIPHER involves working closely with its three policy partners: the Scottish Government, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Sheffield City Council. The PhD research should link to one or more of these policy partners. In terms of its substantive policy focus, SIPHER is exploring the following policy areas: public health (all three partners); inclusive growth (all three partners); public mental health (Scottish Government); housing (Greater Manchester Combined Authority); and Adverse Childhood Experiences (Sheffield City Council). The PhD proposal should focus on one or more of these policy areas. Applicants should be willing to spend time working in policy partner organisations (and experience of working in policy settings is desirable, although not essential, and should be highlighted in applications) and must be willing to travel between Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield in order to engage with SIPHER’s policy partners and to participate in SIPHER meetings and activities.

Funding Details

Home/EU tuition fee will be covered plus a full stipend which will be equivalent to the RCUK rate.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online via Pegasus

In the Programme Name section of the Pegasus online application form, please select Social Policy

In the Funding section, please write SIPHER Scholarship

You should upload the following documents with your application: 

  • CV in which the grades of all previous educational qualifications (including any undergraduate or postgraduate research dissertations undertaken) are clearly provided
  • 2-page proposal that briefly outlines the research aim/questions, design, methods, data sources and analytical approach that you would propose employing to undertake a PhD on this topic
  • 300-word personal statement that sets out why you want to undertake a PhD in this area and how this particular PhD fits into your longer-term career development plans.
  • degree certificate and academic transcript
  • 2 academic reference letters