Psychology PhD Studentship, 14th December Deadline

University of Stirling PhD Studentship – Psychology Division

Weight management in obese men

Applications are invited for a funded full-time PhD Studentship based in the Health & Behaviour Change research group in the Psychology Division at the University of Stirling.

Despite a growing problem of overweight and obesity men are an underserved population in current evidence-based weight management programmes. Most interventions are designed for mixed sex or female only populations despite evidence that men require different interventions to women. Consequently limited evidence exists on the most effective strategies to recruit and retain men in weight management programmes. Innovative means of delivering male obesity interventions are needed, particularly for hard-to-reach groups.

This studentship will support the systematic development and testing of an SMS-based weight management intervention for obese men.

Financial Support
The studentship is available for three years and includes a tax-free stipend of £14,057 p.a. Tuition fees will be met by the University at the home /EU rate. If the appointee is from overseas, the difference between the home and overseas fee must be met from other sources. Subject to satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year, the studentship will be renewed for a second year and thereafter for a third year. The studentship will have an anticipated Registration date of 1 April 2016, but later registration is possible.

Application Requirements

  • Eligible Applicants have to hold at least a Bachelor (Hons.) Degree of either First Class/Upper Second Class in Psychology, Dietetics, Health Sciences or another related discipline.
  • An MSc in Health Psychology, Health Sciences or related discipline would be desirable.
  • Experience in working with members of the community, particularly in the area of weight management or behaviour change would be desirable.
  • Experience in research would be desirable.

To apply please include:
(i) One A4 page covering letter outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, and any other information relevant to the application
(ii) One A4 page outlining your views on what is needed to support men in weight management.
(iii) Your academic CV with contact details for two referees
(iv) Copies of your academic transcripts

To apply online via ‘Research Degree in Psychology’:

For further project information please contact Dr Stephan Dombrowski ( or Linda Cullen ( Tel: +44 (0) 1786 466854).

The PhD studentship will be supervised by Dr Stephan Dombrowski and Professor Pat Hoddinott.

Deadline for applications: 14th December 2015
Interview date: 25th January 2016

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