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Postgraduate Research Funding Opportunities

Thinking about doing a PhD? We are pleased to offer opportunites to undertake funded postgraduate research.

Opportunities and resources

Psychology PhD studentship

An opportunity has arisen for a full-time 3-year PhD studentship within the Centre for Health and Cognition at Bath Spa University.

We invite applications to conduct research in the areas of employee mental health and/or wellbeing, particularly in public-sector employees. Applicants must have permanent leave to remain in the UK.

Successful candidates are required:

  • to demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential
  • to be experienced in using qualitative methods and
  • to hold a Master’s degree in Psychology or other related fields.
  • submit a 1000 word proposal

The successful candidate is expected to enrol in the October 2019 intake.

This studentship covers tuition fees at Home/EU rate.

The successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to undertake 6 hours of undergraduate teaching per week over 38 weeks per annum following successful completion of the PhD Progression Assessment.

The closing time and date for applications is 5pm, Friday 5th April 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in late May 2019.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Jermaine M Ravalier, on 01225 876616 or j.ravalier@bathspa.ac.uk

For further information or to apply online please visit our Research Degrees page.

Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed. Any queries regarding the application process should be emailed to pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

PhD studentship: Embodiment and Narrative in Immersive Technologies

Start date: October 2019

End date: July 2022

Hours: Full-time 3 years

Funding amount: Full payment of tuition fees (£4,260 per annum) plus a maintenance stipend (£14,777 per annum (2018/19 rate)

This doctoral project will be supervised at Bath Spa University, based primarily in the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries and working as a key member of the new Bristol + Bath Creative Research & Development Partnership (B+B Creative R&D).

B+Bath Creative R&D is designed to improve the performance of the creative industries in the Bristol and Bath region. The partners are University of the West of England, University of Bristol, University of Bath, Bath Spa University, and Watershed, working with a range of industry partners from film and television, theatre, publishing and computing. Our core proposition is partnering with industry in understanding user engagement in new platforms and new markets. We will be working at the sites where 5G connectivity, XR technologies and live arts overlap, laying the foundations for the Bristol + Bath cluster to be internationally successful by 2030.

To support this cluster, we invite applications for a full-time, fully-funded PhD Studentship. Providing academic context, research-led theorisation and creative insight that can inform the work of the larger partnership, the PhD research will focus on understanding the creative and engagement potentials of immersive media technologies in and across today’s creative industries. The PhD should explore how emerging immersive media technologies are reshaping the ways in which the creative industries  engage their audiences, and will develop an understanding of the untapped narrative-based potentials of these immersive technologies, namely virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed or extended reality (MR/XR). While ‘immersion’ is often seen as a defining characteristic of these technologies, this PhD will move beyond commercial and technical perspectives and should analyse the relationship between narrative and engagement in the context of embodiment in VR/AR/MR/XR.

The main objective of this PhD is to map the current uses of immersive technologies across the South West’s creative industries, before developing a set of theoretical understandings for the narrative and cross-platform potentials of these embodied technologies across, for example, film and television, theatre, publishing, and computing. The PhD should also aim to better understand the user implications of this embodiment, exploring how audiences make use of, respond to, and perceive immersive experiences in different contexts.  

The project will be co-supervised by Prof Kate Pullinger (Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media & Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University) and Dr Matthew Freeman (Reader in Multiplatform Media & Deputy Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University), with additional supervisory input from academic colleagues based at the University of Bath.

How to apply

Those interesting in applying for this specific PhD Studentship should include the following in their application, submitted via the online portal, remembering to state the name of the Studentship at the top of the document:

  • A personal statement (maximum 1000 words) demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research (e.g. MA research and/or relevant industry experience)
  • A research proposal (maximum of 1000 words) that outlines how you plan to interrogate the project ideas described above.

The successful candidate is expected to enrol in the October 2019 intake. The closing time and date for applications is 5pm, Friday 12 April 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in June 2019

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Matthew Freeman at m.freeman@bathspa.ac.uk or Professor Kate Pullinger at k.pullinger@bathspa.ac.uk

For further information or to apply online please visit our Research Degrees page.

Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed. Any queries regarding the application process should be emailed to PGRadmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Doctoral loans - UK government

As of August 2018, loans are now available from the UK government for those wishing to undertake doctoral research – further information can be found on the UK government website.

Postgraduate Master's degree loans

Those applying for study at MPhil level are eligible to apply for Postgraduate Master's degree loans.

FindAPhD

A large online database of funding opportunities, FindAPhD is a helpful tool for those looking to fund their Postgraduate Research Degree.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource for current and prospective postgraduate students (any subject, any nationality) who are looking to fund PhD, Masters and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts and foundations.

jobs.ac.uk

Jobs.ac.uk is an online searchable portal, showing hundreds of funded PhD opportunities from across the UK.

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