Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: January 2020 for 3 years full time.

Application closing date: 30 September 2019.


This Fuse studentship, hosted by the Institute of Health & Society, is open to social science candidates or those with relevant professional qualifications with interests in children and families. The specific research project will be determined by the interests of the successful candidate. In particular, applications will be welcomed that relate to:

  • Parental substance misuse
  • Substance misuse and the family
  • Familial risk factors (including intimate partner abuse, mental health, offending behaviour) and childhood adversity
  • Early help and preventative interventions
  • Looked after children and care leavers
  • Developing and evaluating behaviour change interventions within social care.


Newcastle University

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Ruth McGovern. Further supervisors will be identified depending upon the topic and methods of the successful applicant’s project.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search
  • select Programme name ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Institute of Health and Society’
  • insert HS042 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and  CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, a brief proposal of your research project including likely methods to be used. Please quote reference code HS042 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project you propose
  • attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.


For further information, please email Dr Ruth McGovern.

Entry Requirements

The successful applicant will have, or expect to obtain, an upper second class or above in Public Health, Social Science or a cognate discipline); a Master degree (Merit or above) is desirable but not essential. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in all sub-skills).

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009. Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. A research training support grant of £5000 per year is available to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

30th September 2019

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