Great Heritage Fund: Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship

Qualification type: PhD
Location: One of the Schools in College of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Closes: 16th  February 2018
Funding amount: The studentships will cover the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend in line with RCUK rates (provisional £14,553 per annum for full time award holders) for 3yr and a research allowance of £1000
Hours: Full Time, commencing October 2018

The award

The College of Health and Behavioural Sciences (CoHABS) at Bangor University, supported by its Great Heritage Fund, invites applications for PhD study, through a fully- funded studentship, available to start in October 2018. Proposals for study can be drawn from across the range of research in any of the 4 Schools: School of Psychology, School of Healthcare Sciences, School of Sport, Health and Exercise and School of Medical Sciences.

Bangor University is a vibrant research-led institution. The College’s research covers a broad range of health, psychological, biomedical, sports, exercise and performance sciences. The quality and depth of this research is evident in the results from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with the vast majority of the research and impact cases submitted ranked as 'World Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent'. In the 2014 REF exercise, the CoHABS average GPA (a measure of research quality) of 3.27 across 3 units of assessment saw us ranked 6th in the UK compared with overall institutional GPAs.

Basic science, applied, and clinical proposals will be allowed. However, proposals that involve significant collaboration between Schools, or collaboration with external bodies, will be favoured. The annual value of the scholarship will match the RCUK/National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (provisional £14,553 but adjusted for 2018/2019). University fees will be waived at 100%. A small research allowance of £1000 will be available.


Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a 1st class or strong upper 2nd Honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality and encourages applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for full and part-time study, depending on the needs of applicants. The scholarship is open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. Proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS min.) will also be needed.

Further information

These studentships are ‘open’ awards. Applicants should approach a potential

supervisor before submitting their application to confirm that there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the University and to discuss proposals. The research interests of our staff can be found on the following School pages:


Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Health Sciences

Medical Sciences

The closing deadline for applications is Wednesday 16th February 2018. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in March 2018. Final decisions will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by mid-April 2018.

How to apply

Send a completed application form for admission to doctoral study at Bangor University, submitted to Dr Richard Ramsey ( by 16th February 2018.
Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Bangor University; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages.
  2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: This should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
  3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and request a reference to be submitted.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: This should be no longer than two pages.
  5. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
  • Title, aims and purpose of the research;
  • Overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
  • Proposed methodology;
  • Academic contributions of your research;
  • References.

6. Your proposal should also provide the name of your proposed supervisor, with a clear link between your proposed research and their expertise.

General enquiries: For administrative advice about how to apply and eligibility, please contact: Everil McQuarrie (