Applications are invited for a full time research training bursary (i.e. A PhD plus Doctoral Certificate in Researcher Enhancement and Development) hosted by The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research ( in the School of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The successful candidate will be part of a thriving doctoral community of practice within the research centre. This research training offers the opportunity to carry out research as part of the Lydia Osteoporosis project.

The Lydia Osteoporosis project is generously funded by an anonymous benefactor. It is a research, education, implementation and dissemination project with healthcare practitioners and people living with osteoporosis which aims to raise awareness of the condition as a public health issue.

Applications are invited on the following topic:

Design, implement and evaluate a personalised public health intervention to promote women’s musculoskeletal/ bone health in the peri-menopausal years.This project should draw on person-centred values and approach.

For an informal discussion about this bursary application please contact Dr Karen Matthews or Prof Jan Dewing


Details of the centre’s strategy and our four pillars of research can be found on along with an overview of our Doctoral Community of Practice, the other candidates and their research topics.

Start date: September 2021

The successful applicant will be supported by a supervisory team and the Graduate School and will receive:

  • Full waiver of tuition fees.
  • An annual stipend of £16,865 for 3 years of full-time study.
  • A small annual research budget to cover project expenses and travel and access to other training and development funding opportunities.

The deadline for applications is 28th May 2021.

In addition to this bursary opportunity, we welcome doctoral research applications with external funding at any time. To discuss these opportunities please contact Professor Jan Dewing


Who can apply?

Applicants should meet the standard entry criteria for the QMU PhD Programme as follows:

  • A degree in an appropriate subject, or have a qualification or experience accepted as equivalent.
  • A Bachelors degree with an excellent or very good classification (first or upper second class honours in the UK (or international equivalent) or a good Masters degree.
  • A strong research proposal (1000 words max) detailing their, background, initial research design as well as any future skills they can bring to the project.
  • International students must also evidence competence in written and spoken English by submitting a valid IELTS certificate (valid for 2 years from date of test) with an average score of 6.5 (with no element scoring below 6.0); or evidence of successful completion of a Masters degree in the UK; or evidence of successful completion of a non-UK Masters degree taught and assessed in English.
  • Two supportive references (at least one academic reference)

How to apply

 An overview of the PhD course is provided via the PhD course page. Guidance on applying for the PhD is provided here.

You can apply for this funded place through our Admissions portal (accessed via the 'Apply Now' button at the bottom of this section). The application process includes completion of an application form and submission of supporting documentation, including a research proposal.

The online application form allows you to save your progress, and you will be able to complete your PhD application in multiple stages, if required.

Following submission of your completed application, you will receive a QMU applicant ID number. Please quote this in any correspondence you have with QMU.

Application form

Please pay close attention to the spelling of your email address within the online form, as this is how we will contact you about your application.

Please ensure you select the appropriate course to indicate you are applying for the studentship.

Supporting information and documents

As part of your application, you will need to write a personal statement that sets out your experience, suitability for doctoral study, and motivation for applying to study on the QMU PhD programme.

As part of your application, you will need to provide:

  • your PhD research proposal;
  • copies of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • confirmation of your English language ability (if required); and
  • copies of two letters of reference.

You will be able to upload these supporting documents as part of the application process. This is an important part of the admissions process, and without seeing supporting documents tutors will not have enough information to make a decision on your application. 

PhD Research Proposal

All applicants to the QMU PhD programme must provide a proposal for research that has academic merit and is capable of generating new knowledge. We will use your research proposal to check how well you understand the research process

Your PhD research proposal should:

  • be around 1000 words long;
  • summarise what the research is about;
  • summarise your background and the skills you will bring to the project;
  • set out why the research is important, making reference to current literature;
  • identify provisional research questions; and
  • suggest how the research questions can be investigated.

Please note that the research proposal must be written in your own words and should NOT include text that has been copied from books or articles. This is considered plagiarism and will lead to the automatic rejection of your application. In some cases, academic reviewers may submit research proposals to Turnitin in order to verify the legitimacy of the proposed research.

Qualifications (certificates and transcripts)

Please upload copies of your degree certificates and transcripts for any undergraduate or Masters degrees that you have completed or are about to complete.

Evidencing English language ability

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an IELTS certificate or have completed a degree which was delivered and assessed in English.

Only valid IELTS certificates are accepted as evidence of English language capability.  You need a score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element).  IELTS certificates are valid for two years after the test date.

If you completed a degree, at a non-UK institution, that was delivered and assessed in English, then you will need to provide a formal letter from the institution, on headed paper, stating that your degree was delivered and assessed in English. 

If your documents are in any language other than English then they will need to be accompanied by a formal certified translation into English, by either the awarding institution or a sworn translator.

References Two academic references are required.

Referees must provide your reference in the form of a formal letter on headed paper. The reference must be dated and signed (and ideally stamped). Please note that we may contact your referee to verify the reference letter prior to it being accepted.

Referee contact details should include a professional email account. Please do not provide personal email addresses for referees (such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo), as these will not be accepted.  


The deadline for applying to this funded position is the 28 May 2021.

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