Funded PhD Opportunity Performance and Health

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Subject: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies


Performance and health is an interdisciplinary area which is a research priority within creative and performing arts at Ulster. Current and recent PhD research addresses: ethics and aesthetics of performance in end of life care; the development of interactive arts-based models of medical simulation to advance ‘sympathetic presence and Person-Centred Care; participatory design of accessible music technologies; music and accessibility, working with a range of stake-holders; arts in health communication for self-efficacy and behaviour change; applied arts and public health, and film and mental health.

Proposed doctoral research may address Health and Wellbeing in Music, Drama, and Cinematic Arts. Potential project proposals include:

*community arts for older people

*applied drama for carers and people with dementia

*theatre and dis/ability

*participatory strategies and instrument/interface designs for musicians with mobility impairments or intellectual disabilities

*contemporary performance and community health

*applied drama for communication skills in health and care organisations.

*Educational arts for health and wellbeing

*Aesthetics of care in applied drama for mental health

*Creative and interdisciplinary approaches to community-based therapy

Staff in the creative and performing arts are engaged in a long-term collaboration with Nursing, Psychology, and Stratified Medicine within the University, and external collaborations with UCD, Queen Margaret University, NHS health trusts in Northern Ireland, and UK and EU arts organizations, charities and advocacy groups.

Applicants with research interests in areas related to this topic and the examples above are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor or subject contact in advance of making an application. Subject contacts: Music: Prof. Frank Lyons; Drama:  Dr Matt Jennings; Cinematic Arts: Dr Murat Akser.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project
  • Experience of presentation of research findings
  • Use of personal initiative as evidenced by record of work above that normally expected at career stage.


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 19 February 2018
Interview Date
5 to 12 March 2018

Contact Supervisor

Dr Brian Bridges

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