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Two fantastic PhD opportunities

We are currently advertising two PhD Studentships which link to and extend our current work on polypharmacy (co-prescription of five or more medicines) and multimorbidity (presence of two or more ongoing medical conditions). One takes a socio-historical approach to investigating the phenomenon, the other focuses on polypharmacy in working age adults.


PhD Studentship Opportunity: Medicines as Emotional Objects

This 3-year PhD project "Medicines as Emotional Objects: Multimorbidity and Polypharmacy in Socio-Historical Perspective" is funded through the Life Sciences Initiative at Queen Mary University of London and is a collaboration between the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health and the Centre for the History of Emotions. It arises from the shared interests of two existing research programmes: a NIHR-funded project, Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People with Multimorbidity (APOLLO-MM) and a Wellcome-funded project,Living with Feeling and the successful student will benefit from existing networks and events associated with these projects. The PhD will be jointly supervised by Dr Deborah Swinglehurst and Professor Thomas Dixon.

We are looking for a highly motivated graduate with a background (including a relevant Master’s degree) in a relevant social science or history. The project is interdisciplinary and an explicit aim of the project is the integration of knowledge gleaned from both social science and history disciplines.
The studentship includes PhD fees, a stipend (RCUK recommended rate: £16,553 p/a for 2017/18) and a £5K per year budget for consumables/conferences/travel.
For full details please take a look at the advertisement on FindaPhD.

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