Fees and Funding


Centre for Coastal Communities PhD Studentship


The details
Postgraduate research
School of Health and Social Care

The School of Health and Social Care is working in partnership with the Institute of Social & Economic Research (ISER) to offer one PhD studentship within the Centre for Coastal Communities. This programme will look at differences in young people’s mental health between coastal and inland areas. A major focus of the work will be exploring the drivers of these differences. This could include social determinants, environmental characteristics, health and social care, and migration, to name a few.

The studentship will be offered to an outstanding early stage researcher to conduct longitudinal quantitative research. This studentship provides an exciting career opportunity for an ambitious researcher on an under-researched area of keen policy interest.

The successful applicant will receive a full PhD studentship to support you, including full Home UK tuition fee discount for three years of study, and a living costs stipend at the UK Research and Innovation recommended level per year.  The stipend for 2024-25 is £19,237.

How to apply

You will need to apply separately for your PhD and your studentship.

To apply for the PhD, please use our online course application process which is quick and straightforward. More information on applying for a PhD at the University of Essex can be found on our application pages. When you apply for your PhD please state that you are applying for the project “Youth mental health and coastal communities.”

To apply for the Studentship, please email coastal@essex.ac.uk and attach:

  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words) in support of your application.
  • A research project proposal (maximum of 1000 words) that explicitly addresses the work you would like to carry out, detailing how it is linked to the particular programme theme and how it addresses the concerns detailed above.
  • Contact details of two academic referees.
  • CV/resume (2 pages maximum).

Please direct general inquiries to Emily T Murray, School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex, email coastal@essex.ac.uk. With the subject ‘Coastal Studentship Application’.

Learn more about postgraduate research at the University of Essex.

You should apply for a place to study as soon as possible, and at the latest by Sunday 23 June 2024 at 11:59pm GMT.

It is likely that interviews will be held during the week of 15 July 2024.

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, if you need to complete an application form and how you'll receive your funding. 

Centre for Coastal Communities PhD Studentship - Terms and conditions for 2024-2025 entry (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.