Postgraduate funded opportunities

Project details

Effect of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on quality of life in cancer survivorship: feasibility of online-delivered, computer tailored activity and nutrition programs.

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Location and research culture

The student will join a dedicated team of clinicians and academics working in the Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR). ICAHR is comprised of numerous groups with expertise from Hull York Medical School and the School of Health and Social Work to build on existing success in globally-significant applied healthcare research. ICAHR’s vision is to be a world leader in well-designed applied health research, and to conduct outstanding research of relevance to the local area. The student will be a part of the TRANSFORM project funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research Foundation to reduce cancer inequalities in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Dr Forbes is housed within the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre. Dr Forbes’ research focuses on investigating the role of activity behaviours on improving quality of life, and other health outcomes, among people with a cancer diagnosis. She also investigates how digital technology can be effectively used to help deliver lifestyle behaviour support to ensure access to all, thereby helping to reduce location-based health disparities.

This PhD scholarship offers the opportunity for to make a distinct contribution to supportive cancer 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.

Named academic

Dr Cindy Forbes, Yorkshire Cancer Research Foundation Career Development Research Fellow


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/2019) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include fees only at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Start date

1 October 2019

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 behaviour change and exercise science, as well as an appreciation of the personal and organisational challenges of dealing with a cancer diagnosis (whether gained from a personal, clinical, or academic perspective).

How to apply

All applications must be submitted to the Hull York Medical School via the online application method choosing option PhD in Medical Sciences 2019 October, full time or part time.

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

The deadline for applications is the 1 May 2019.

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.

Interview outcome

As soon as reasonably practicable after the 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 rather 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.