Postgraduate funded opportunities

Improving action on unmet needs in Palliative Care: Developing and evaluating an implementation strategy to embed patient-centred outcome measures

For informal inquiries, please contact:

Dr Mark Pearson

Professor Fliss Murtagh

Location and research culture

The student will join a dedicated team of clinicians and academics in the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre (WPCRC). The WPCRC is committed to developing research methods, and generating and translating knowledge into palliative care practice. It has an expanding theme of research around patient and caregiver outcomes, including in the longer term, as well as pioneering research in implementation processes, strategies and frameworks in the palliative care context. This PhD will contribute to and connect these areas of expertise, providing the post holder with a unique opportunity for sound theoretical grounding and ‘real-world’ experience in implementation research.

This PhD scholarship offers the opportunity for to make a distinct contribution to palliative care knowledge and practice. The successful applicant will be supported to ensure that their research informs and impacts policy and practice. Full-time or part-time applications will be considered.

Hull York Medical School’s unique partnership brings together the expertise of both the Universities of Hull and York and offers a thriving environment in which to conduct world-leading research. Strong partnerships with NHS Trusts and community health organisations offer a wide clinical base within which to study those conditions which most affect our communities – improving their health while developing research work that can be applied nationally and globally.

The School’s academic and clinical researchers at have a strong reputation for their work, 85% of which is classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). Their research is advancing improvements in healthcare – treatment, diagnosis and care – improving the health of people locally and impacting national and international health agendas in areas such as cancer research, palliative medicine, mental health and global public health.

The student will be based in the new Allam Medical Building with excellent facilities, and at the heart of the University of Hull’s £28 million health campus. Scholarships may be held full or part time.

Named academic

Dr Mark Pearson, Senior Lecturer in Implementation Science & Knowledge Mobilisation


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress. Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Qualification required

In order to qualify for this scholarship, you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an awareness of research in the fields of implementation science and knowledge mobilisation, as well as an appreciation of the personal and organisational challenges of palliative care (whether gained from a personal, clinical, or academic perspective).

How to apply

All applications must be submitted to the Hull York Medical School Postgraduate Centre via the online application method, selecting 2018 October, full time.

Applicants should submit a 500-word proposal outlining the rationale, scope, and intended impact of their research. Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Mark Pearson for an informal discussion in advance of submitting an application.

Please quote Hull York Medical School with the scholarship title when applying. In order for the Panel to get a sense of your academic background, commitment and interest, you are required to complete the application form in full and provide a research proposal/outline of academic interest. Research proposals and personal statements may be used in selecting applicants for interview. If you have any queries on how to apply please email

Please note that this is a student scholarship.  If you will be employed by Hull York Medical School (e.g. on a fixed or short term contract) for the duration of your study, you will not be eligible to receive the student scholarship as a member of Hull York Medical School staff.  You should contact Elaine Brookes ( in Postgraduate Admissions if you still wish to apply to discuss different options.

Interview date

Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be sent details of the date, time and venue via email within a week of the deadline. If you are not invited for the interview, it means that your application has not been successful. Please note that we do not offer feedback to applicants who are not invited to the interview.