Postgraduate research opportunities PhD in Public Health Data Analysis


Key facts

  • Opens: Friday 5 May 2023
  • Deadline: Sunday 1 October 2023
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend


We are offering a 3-year PhD scholarship focused on the analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data generated by a longitudinal research study on health and well-being of adolescents in Malawi. The longitudinal study is set within the Global Health Research Group on Adolescent Health and Well-being, and thus the student will join a large research group working to improve the lives of young people in Malawi.
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This opportunity is open to Home students only.

The successful candidate will have a strong undergraduate (equivalent of a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree) and preferably a masters degree related to data analysis, social sciences (social/health policy, psychology, sociology) or social and public health sciences, or another related subject.

It is essential that the candidate has experience of: analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; ability to search academic literature; good communication skills (in-person and in-writing); produced a dissertation or report or publication; good reliability (punctuality, persistence); and an interest in adolescent wellbeing. 

It is desirable that the candidate also has the ability to: communicate quantitative data; undertake mixed-methods research; conduct a literature review; use a bibliography package; and use qualitative analysis software; work as part of a wider research team to meet objectives and deadlines.

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Project Details

Youth in Malawi face a range of barriers to realising their potential, particularly relating to sexual and reproductive health, access to clean water and sanitation, and mental health and well-being. Through a £3 million research grant from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), the Global Health Research Group on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing was created with the aim of supporting long term change in the lives of adolescents, to bring immediate benefits, as well as benefits throughout their future adult lives and for the next generation of children. This involves taking an all-round approach to understanding young people’s lives in both urban and rural settings, and includes a focus on (1) gender, sexual and reproductive health rights, (2) aspirations and wellbeing including mental health, and (3) water, sanitation and hygiene areas.

Changes to young peoples’ lives through the duration of the research programme will be monitored via the implementation of a longitudinal survey. This PhD candidate will work with experts based both in Scotland and in Malawi to analyse and interpret the data generated from this survey to determine the impact of our work.

As indicated above, this PhD forms part of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research project with a focus on the health and wellbeing of adolescents in Malawi. The group brings together experts from the University of Strathclyde, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHes) and the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), Malawi.

The successful applicant will undertake their doctoral studies full-time based at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, however there may be the opportunity to travel to Malawi for research group meetings. The student will be based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, but will also have an academic supervisor based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Further information

The successful candidates at interview will be asked to complete the University’s online application form and submit their degree certificates.

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Funding details

The studentship covers homes fees and a stipend for living costs of circa £17668 (full time) per annum for the duration of 3 years. The stipend will be in line with UK Research Council rates and an increase is expected but still to be confirmed.

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Additional support will be provided by members of  NIHR Global Health Group partners based at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHes) and the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), Malawi.

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Dr Tara Beattie

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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To be considered for this scholarship, eligible applicants must write the name ‘University - REA’ in the Funding section of the application, and apply formally online.

Number of places: 1

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Programme: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Contact us

For further information, contact Dr Tara K. Beattie,