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PhD Studentship in Health Psychology

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship to play a key role in the follow-up research to a national project entitled ‘Access to Transplant and Transplant Outcome Measures (ATTOM)’. The successful candidate will enrol as soon as possible and will be based in the Health Psychology Research Unit (HPRU), an independent research unit at Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of Dr Andrea Gibbons and Professor Clare Bradley. The ATTOM programme, led by transplant surgeons at the University of Cambridge, investigated equality of access to renal transplant and predictors of outcomes including patient-reported outcomes (PROs) at 12 months post-transplant. Health status and well-being questionnaire data, as well as extensive biomedical data, were collected by a team of research nurses. A detailed longitudinal study of quality of life and other PROs was conducted by HPRU at Royal Holloway on subgroups of patients including those receiving transplants. The successful applicant will be responsible for the PRO follow-up study to this project, assessing PROs five years post-recruitment or post-transplant and conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with selected ATTOM patients. A new cohort of patients will be providing PRO data when waitlisted for transplantation and at follow-up intervals, for analysis by the successful PhD student.

Psychology at Royal Holloway was ranked 6th out of 82 UK Psychology submissions in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 93% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. We offer a vibrant research community and excellent facilities. The successful applicant, in addition to receiving specific supervision/training in HPRU will participate in the Psychology PhD programme:

Funding includes a stipend of £16,296 (including London Allowance) per annum, travel and other expenses and tuition fees for UK and EU students. Overseas applicants are also welcome to apply but would be required to pay the difference between UK/EU and overseas tuition fees. We invite applications from students with a good first degree in psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. Interest and ability in the application of multivariate analyses will be an advantage. Skills in psychometric analyses and qualitative interview analysis would also be welcomed but can be taught if necessary.

Informal enquiries and requests for a person specification and details of ATTOM publications to date can be directed to: Kate Moules ( (administrator) or Dr Andrea Gibbons (

 To apply: please send to with cc to

  • A current CV with contact details of two academic referees
  • A covering letter in support of your application including your reasons for applying for this studentship.
  •  A sample of your written work


Further details


Closing date:  midnight on 6th February 2017. Interviews: Thurs 23rd February (TBC).


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