PhD @UniofBradford #Bradford Institute of Health Research @BIBresearch

Project Title: ‘An investigation of the health and wellbeing of UK migrant communities’

Institution: University of Bradford and Bradford Institute of Health Research

Department/School/Faculty: School of Health Studies/Born in Bradford

PhD Supervisor: Professor Mohamed Mohammed

Co-supervisors: Dr Jane West and Professor John Wright

Funding Availability: Funded PhD studentship for 3 years. A maintenance grant will be paid at £15,000 for the 1st year and £16,000 per annum subsequently subject to satisfactory academic progress (as defined by the University of Bradford).

Candidates from countries outside the European Union are welcome to apply but will be liable for the difference between ‘home student fees’ and ‘international student fees’. If you wish to be considered for this studentship you must have certified and guaranteed means to fund the international portion of the fee

The Student

Applicants should have a strong background in a health or social science discipline and hold at least a 2:1 honours Bachelor degree in a relevant subject.

The project

Non UK born individuals living in the in the UK are known to experience poorer health outcomes than the UK population as a whole. Differences in health status may be driven by a greater risk of chronic disease among some migrant communities (e.g. cardiometabolic disease among South Asian populations) and changing patterns and re-emergence of infectious diseases (eg HIV, Hep B and C, TB). Migrants are likely to experience different societal determinants of health, including socioeconomic position and access to healthcare due to restrictions and the complex administrative processes. Differences in individual stressors/behaviours, language and culture can also hinder access to and treatment from health services resulting in multiple morbidities and adverse health trajectories. Left unaddressed this could result in a significant future burden to the NHS and health and social care services.

This study will contribute to a wider project investigating the life course and generational trajectories of health and well-being of migrant communities in Bradford using data collected as part of the Born in Bradford cohort study and will support the development of evidence for preventative and public health strategies to promote health and reduce health inequalities among migrant communities in the city. The student will support data collection and develop statistical analyses to examine the role of ancestry, social, environmental and economic influences, and individual behaviours on health and life course outcomes (mental, physical, educational). There is scope to develop this study in line with the student’s particular interests.


Please submit:

  • your CV;
  • names of two referees;
  • a cover letter.

To: Deborah Turner, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford BD7 1DP

Tel: 01274 236150 Email:

Application deadline: 1st April 2016

Interviews will be held in May 2016

Informal queries can be made to Dr Jane West

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