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SCDTP Studentship - An investigation of gendered patient-doctor interaction in UK primary health care

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1204319CF

An investigation of gendered patient-doctor interaction in UK primary health care 

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

The lead (Dr Lucy Brindle;; School of Health Sciences) and second supervisor (Professor Geraldine Leydon;; Faculty of Medicine) are medical sociologists and health service researchers with expertise in clinician-patient communication, health communication research and the development of clinical communication training for GPs and secondary care practitioners. 


A secondary analysis of gendered GP-patient interactions in primary care consultations: Despite evidence that doctor and patient gender can impact on the outcomes of doctor-patient interaction, there has been little research to date exploring the interactional processes within GP consultations through which the influence of gender occurs. The proposed doctoral project would involve a secondary analyses of GP consultation video-data to investigate how verbal and non-verbal GP-patient interaction varies by the gender of GP and patient. Please contact Dr Lucy Brindle for further information –

Skills Required

The project would be suitable for a student with a social/human sciences first degree and an interest in gender in healthcare.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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