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SCDTP Studentship - Improving hypertension self-management in South Africa through the development of a couples-focused intervention

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1204619CC

Improving hypertension self-management in South Africa through the development of a couples-focused intervention

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:

Prof. Nuala McGrath: Social Statistics and Demography, FSS.  Dr Kate Morton: Primary Care, PPM, FoM: Senior Research Fellow. An external international supervisor will join the team from within the CHERISH programme partners in South Africa

This is an exciting opportunity to adopt an evidence, theory and person-based approach to developing a couples-focused intervention for managing hypertension in South Africa. Couples-focused interventions may offer greater potential for self-managing health than individual interventions, and this field of research is a growing area of interest. You will gain training and experience in literature reviewing, quantitative analysis, and qualitative research methods. You would be supported by an interdisciplinary team of clinical researchers, health psychologists, and epidemiologists. You will travel overseas for research visits and collaborate with international partners, including University of Cape Town, and Human Sciences Research Council.

Skills Required

The student would be expected to hold a first or upper second class degree and a Masters in a relevant health or social sciences discipline. Experience of qualitative research and quantitative analysis would be desirable. A willingness to travel to South Africa for research trips and collaboration with local teams is essential.


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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