Postgraduate funded opportunities

Training for tomorrow’s healthcare - innovation in the delivery of medical education

Hull York Medical School is pleased to offer three PhD scholarships to students with an interest in developing a career in medical education. These scholarships will focus on three key areas of innovation within the school;

  1. Gateway to medicine;
  2. Flipped medical education: longitudinal integrated clerkships and the transition to patient-centred medical education;
  3. Authentic assessment throughout the continuum of undergraduate medical education.

For informal inquiries, please contact:

Professor Martin Veysey, Programme Director, MBBS (


Dr Gabrielle Finn, Director Health Professions Education Unit (HPEU) (

Location and research culture

Students will join a dedicated team of clinicians and academics in the Hull York Medical School delivering the MBBS curriculum. The programme is in the process of expanding, after a recent government announcement, and this created an opportunity to innovate through a research-led paradigm. Work streams will focus on three main areas; a gateway year to the MBBS programme; a full assessment review and the development of longitudinal integrated clerkships. One PhD scholarship will focus on each of these work streams.

The cross-cutting PhDs will contribute to evolution of the Hull York Medical School and provide the post-holder with support and training to undertake rigorous, theoretically driven pedagogic research. It offers the opportunity to make a distinct contribution to supporting the development and delivery of medical education for 21st century healthcare needs, and the successful applicant will be supported to ensure that their research informs and impacts this, both locally and nationally. Full-time or part-time applications will be considered, although full-time is preferred.

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.

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, enhancing the health of people locally and impacting national and international health agendas.

Students will be based in the medical school building at the University of York, but will be expected to spend time at the University of Hull. They will be part of the Health Professions Education Unit and encouraged to use our existing relationships within both universities and the region to explore inter-professional opportunities.

Named academics

Professor Martin Veysey, Programme Director MBBS (

Dr Gabrielle Finn, Director HPEU (


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.

Start date

1st October 2018

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 understanding of research related to medical education, as well as an awareness of the challenges facing the medical profession in the future.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted to the Hull York Medical School Postgraduate Centre via the online application method, selecting 2018 October, and the relevant period of study.

The deadline for applications is 13th July 2018.

Applicants should submit a 500-word proposal outlining the project that they would undertake within the given topic areas. This should include the rationale, scope and intended impact of their research. Applicants are welcome to contact Professor Martin Veysey 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 your potential study. 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 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 interview.

Interview outcome

As soon as is reasonably practicable after interviews have taken place, Hull York Medical School will write to the successful applicant offering him/her the post. Upon receipt of formal written acceptance of the post we will write to notify unsuccessful candidates. Whilst we try to do this in as effective and efficient manner as possible, sometimes the process can take longer than is ideal because of the need to recall candidates for a second interview and reconvene interview panels and/or due to routine disruptions caused by leave and other absences. We apologise for any delay and inconvenience caused in these circumstances.