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Studentships in Health & Wellbeing via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for ESRC-funded studentships in Health and Wellbeing, offered through the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). The GUDTP is an exciting collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Health & Wellbeing will be members of the GUDTP Health & Wellbeing Pathway, led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the three universities. 

Further information about the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership

Applicants conducting doctoral research in Health and Wellbeing at Brunel will be based within the appropriate subject area. The Pathway studentships are available across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges, offering applicants opportunities to work with expert research teams in a range of disciplines. Areas of expertise include – but are not restricted to –

  • lifestyle behaviours and health and wellbeing inequalities
  • sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing
  • health and wellbeing across the life course, including youth and in older age
  • psychology, health and wellbeing
  • gender, sexual health and anti-violence
  • healthcare and occupational therapy
  • health economics
  • digital health


Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships to both UK & International applicants, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £17609 per year (2021/2) UKRI rate paid monthly in advance) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus fees at the current UKRI rate for full-time or part-time courses. Successful applicants for a part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

How to apply

For the Health & Wellbeing pathway, please see the following website for further details. Please contact emma.smith@brunel.ac.uk

Related Research Group(s)

Sedentary Behaviour, Health and Disease

Sedentary Behaviour, Health and Disease - Investigating the relationship of sedentary behaviour with health and wellbeing; evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to reduce and break up sedentary behaviour.

Physical Activity in Health and Disease

Physical Activity in Health and Disease - The centre conducts interdisciplinary research to improve human health and performance through regular physical activity and exercise, and by limiting sedentary behaviour.