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ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - An investigation of gendered patient-doctor interaction in UK primary health (S2136)

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2136

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 2021/22 Academic Year.

Despite evidence that doctor and patient gender can impact on the outcomes of doctor-patient interaction, there has been little research to date exploring interactional processes through which the influence of gender occurs. The proposed 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 before making an application.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Lucy Brindle and Dr Jane Frankland are medical sociologists and health service researchers with expertise in HCP-patient communication. The studentship would involve a non-academic partnership; the student would be assigned a GP mentor and supported to participate in a pre-established GP stakeholder group advising about the development of clinical communication training drawing on this dataset. 

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 £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of 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 18th January 2021.  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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