In addition to the essential criteria noted below, the Degree (or equivalent) qualification must be in Psychology or a closely related discipline. We will accept applications from candidates who are about to hold
* a minimum of and Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree in Psychology or closely related discipline (or overseas award deemed equivalent via UK NARIC) .
*An additional Desirable criteria that may be applied is holding, being about to hold, a Master's level qualification in Psychology or a closely related discipline.
*You must provide official, final results of qualifications used to meet the academic requirements before the start of the studentship
Research indicates that around 75% of women experience a range of troubling symptoms, such as hot flushes, palpitations, mood disturbance, anxiety, insomnia, aches and pains, pre, peri and post menopause. Borkoles et al. (2015) explored the role of Type D personality (depression) in relation to menopausal symptoms and found that this personality type, along with low income and caring responsibilities was associated in increased intrusion of psychological, physical/somatic, vasomotor and sexual symptoms.
Interventions to ameliorate menopausal symptoms have shown benefits from mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR, Woods et al. 2014) and physical activity (PA, Borkoles, et al, 2015). However, to date no studies have explored the use of a combination of MBSR and PA to reduce symptoms in this population. However, one of the barriers to engaging in health behaviours, such as PA, is motivation, which impacts on adherence, a concept commonly referred to as the ‘intention-behaviour gap’.
The Health Action Process Model (HAPA, Schwarzer & Lippke, 2011) has been used successfully to predict and change behaviour with the use of action plans, coping plans and self-efficacy, ultimately bridging the ‘behaviour intention gap’. This project will explore the effectiveness and acceptability of a PA and MBSR programme based on HAPA to manage menopausal symptoms and improve quality of life in pre, peri and post menopausal women.
Sequential mixed methods design; effectiveness of the intervention will be assessed via patient reported outcome measures and user acceptability explored using focus groups. The intervention duration and content will be informed and refined by a systematic review. Additionally, tailored PA interventions will take into account each participant’s PA goals and expectations in terms of symptom control.
Females will be randomised into two groups: control (education about the menopause) and PA plus MBSR intervention (incorporating HAPA model).
Baseline measures will include demographic information on age, caring responsibilities, educational status, income, and smoking status. Type D personality will be measured using the DS14 (Senollet, 2015), menopausal symptoms by the Green Climacteric Scale (1998) and PA by the Kaiser PA Survey (Baecke et al, 1982), along with the HAPA variables (motivation - risk perception, outcome expectancies, behaviour intentions and volition – action, maintenance.
- To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
- 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
The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:
Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)
Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)
Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)
Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).
This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Department for the Economy (DFE)
The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,285 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.
Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies
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Completing the MRes provided me with a lot of different skills, particularly in research methods and lab skills.
Michelle Clements Clements - MRes - Life and Health SciencesWatch Video
My name is Nargis Khan and I am originally from Pakistan. I first came to Ulster University to study psychology at the undergraduate level and later joined a doctoral course which I have now successfully completed. I had a fantastic time studying in Ulster at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Throughout my PhD, I was well catered for in terms of resources with access to well-stocked libraries full of friendly and helpful staff, funding to travel to conferences, the availability of various courses (e.g., statistics) and above all a supportive and stimulating environment which fostered my academic development. The seminars organised during the term time allowed me to present my work and hear about the research of others across a range of areas. I particularly appreciated the teaching opportunities available to me during my PhD. My supervisors were supportive and generous with their time. Other members of staff in the Psychology department also took a genuine interest in the
Nargis Khan - PhD in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience