CLAHRC-funded PHD studentships

We are recruiting! Applications invited for our 2020 cohort of PhDs

Read more about the PhDs on offer and see details of how to apply via this link

NIHR ARC North Thames funded PhD studentships


Our Academy doctoral programme brings together PhD students from across the CLAHRC, to create a community of students training in applied health research and take best advantage of the expertise available across the partnership.

The Academy works alongside each host institution’s graduate training programme to equip students with the skills needed to work at the interface of academia and health services.

Our doctoral programme focuses on practical aspects of applied health research, such as the skills required

  • to undertake research in health care and public health settings,
  • to engage patients and the public in research,
  • to navigate relevant ethical and research governance approval systems.

In addition, we provide students with an understanding of how their work fits in to current NHS structures, for example by facilitating short shadowing placements.


  • Co-designing diabetes services with children and young people
  • Effect of on-line assessment of asthma control in schools on asthma outcomes
  • Co-designing diabetes services with children and young people
  • Investigation of school-based emotional well-being interventions to promote self-management in the context of long term physical and mental health issues
  • Work preparing the field for interventions or theory based intervention or to support people with dementia and their carers – in either: (1) the field of Black and Minority Ethnic families, (2) In prevention of abuse (3) in advance decision making (4) managing agitation (5) improving quality of life
  • Developing a Positive Psychology Technology for Common Mental Health Conditions (DEPPTH)
  • Theory-based approaches to support improvement in anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation
  • Theory-based interventions to support optimal adherence to maintenance treatment for asthma
  • The development and evaluation of an online patient simulation training tool to improve the clinical decision-making skills of medical students
  • Use of retrospective patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and general population norms for evaluating emergency admissions
  • Patient-centred health systems: a multi-method evaluation of the NHS response to patients with chronic disease
  • Modelling and analysis to support the development of outcomes-led community health services
  • Use of existing electronic data to study health services across organisations and care sectors
  • Effect of on-line assessment of asthma control in schools on asthma outcomes
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Development of a pre-treatment swallowing intervention package for patients newly diagnosed with head and neck cancer
  • Developing patient and public involvement in large-scale change
  • Implementation of a trial-based programme to improve the health care response to domestic violence: IRISimp



PhD students associated with the CLAHRC will also receive training in a series of seminars that aim to address the particular training needs of those working at this clinical/academic interface.