Available PhD studentships

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PhD studentships at the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is pleased to offer studentships for prospective PhD students for the academic year 2019/20.

Locations: Various - Queen Mary University London; Imperial College London; Swansea University; University of Edinburgh; University of Leeds

Hours: Full Time

Funding Amount: Stipend + UK/EU fees (additional fees for International students)

The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is a virtual centre comprising a network of Universities across the UK, led by the University of Edinburgh. Our vision, aligned with that of Asthma UK, is a world where asthma attacks do not happen. Our research focuses on developing, testing and implementing interventions which have the potential to achieve substantial, sustained reductions in asthma morbidity and mortality.

Our Postgraduate Training Programme aims to enrol the most exceptional candidates and nurture them to become the next generation of leaders in world-class applied asthma research. Our PhD opportunities offer excellent training, networking and future career opportunities.

A key feature of these studentships is the opportunity to be part of a UK-wide Centre offering unsurpassed networking opportunities with leading UK applied asthma researchers. Students will be based in a ‘home’ University, but will have at least one supervisor from an Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research partner institution.

The awards are available for three years’ full-time study, providing tuition fees (Home/EU rate), stipend (or clinical salary for clinicians) and a small amount of consumables.

Please note that while overseas fee-paying students may apply, the fee waived would be at the home/EU rate and successful applicants will need to pay the difference in the tuition fee if assessed as overseas. 

We are looking for high-quality prospective doctoral students for projects based at our network Universities in either Queen Mary University London; Imperial College London; Swansea University; the University of Edinburgh; or the University of Leeds. Candidates may apply for one or more project (in which case they should place projects in order of priority).

We recommend you discuss your proposal with potential supervisors before submitting.

PhD Studentships

Please follow the links for each project for details of each programme.

University of Edinburgh - closing date 07 June

  1. Control of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) helps prevent asthma attacks – testing the feasibility of a patient-focussed mobile (M-) health intervention
  2. Delivery of supported self-management in asthma reviews: a mixed methods observational study nested in the IMP2ART programme of work
  3. Examining the role of facilitation in implementation research using IMP2ART as an exemplar
  4. Responsiveness to oral corticosteroids in recurrent wheeze of early childhood
  5. Application of data-driven technologies for asthma self-management

University of Leeds - closing date 07 June

  1. Motivating parents and children with asthma triggered by environmental triggers will improve asthma outcomes

Imperial College London - applications now closed

  1. Using peripheral blood eosinophil count as a point of care test in primary care to improve asthma outcomes in school age children.
  2. Using peripheral blood eosinophil count as a point of care test in primary care to improve asthma outcomes in pre-school children.
  3. Should antibiotics be used to treat asthma attacks? A feasibility trial in primary care

Queen Mary University London - applications now closed

  1. Electronic reminders and rewards to improve adherence to inhaled asthma treatment in adolescents.
  2. Can peer support led by highly-active' super-users' in online communities improve asthma self-management and health outcomes?
  3. Improving asthma control in adolescents and adults attending Emergency Departments (ED) with asthma attacks by switching to a Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART) inhaler – a mixed-methods study.
  4. High-dose vitamin D to prevent progression from upper respiratory infections to asthma attacks (the Rescue-D study): a feasibility trial.

Swansea University - applications now closed

  1. Delivering individualised, air quality specific, nudges to promote physical activity in youth with asthma to reduce asthma attacks

Entry requirements

See individual adverts for detailed requirement.

Candidates should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in their Bachelor Degree or equivalent and preferably a Masters degree. Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency normally defined as IELTS: 6.5 (overall score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

Applications will need to satisfy the ‘home’ University entry requirements which may differ slightly from these standards.  

Application procedure

Please provide a CV, a personal statement detailing your research interests and reasons for applying, list of projects in order of preference to be considered for shortlisting, degree certificate(s), marks for your degree(s) and the names of two academic references (we will only contact references for successful applicants).

All documents should be in electronic format and sent via e-mail to: Lauren Blake (l.v.blake@swansea.ac.uk)

The closing date for applications to Imperial, QMUL and Swansea studentships is 20 May 2019. The closing date for applications to Edinburgh and Leeds studentships is 7 June 2019.

The interviews for Imperial, QMUL and Swansea studentships will take place on 13 June 2019. The interviews for Edinburgh and Leeds studentships will take place on 10 July 2019.

The preference is for candidates to attend in person:

  • Candidates for London Universities will be invited to QMUL;
  • Candidates for each of the other Universities (Swansea, Edinburgh and Leeds) will be invited to their respective Universities.

Video conferencing facilities will be available at the University sites. In keeping with the UK-wide nature of AUKCAR, some supervisors will be joining by teleconference. 


For queries relating to individual projects, please contact the named supervisor on each advert.

For general queries, please contact Susan Morrow (susan.morrow@ed.ac.uk)

Applications should be sent to Lauren Blake (l.v.blake@swansea.ac.uk)

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