Applications are invited for a 3 year full-time PhD studentship in Medical Humanities, funded by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds, and centred upon the idea of ‘Medicine and the Everyday’.
The successful applicant will be based in the School of English and jointly supervised by staff in English and in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.
Closing date: 30th June 2011
The proposed research should focus on some aspect of either
the representation of everyday Medicine and/or Health in 20th or 21st century cultural narratives, especially those in literature and/or film;
a study of the role of literature (or literature and film) in an aspect of therapy;
Topics might include, but are not limited to: disability; psychiatry/ psychology/mental health; primary, hospital or clinical care; the doctor/patient relationship in narrative; memory loss; ageing; the relationship between different cultural understanding of medicine; folklore and traditional medicine; ‘alternative’ therapies in the UK; and differing research methodologies in the two disciplinary areas. The research should ideally include some aspect of working in clinical or healthcare settings, with access to health practitioners and possibly patients. This could be in a hospital environment, or community/primary healthcare setting. Full professionalisation and training, including support in the ethics of research, will be provided.
The successful applicant will combine the two disciplinary areas within a paradigm of genuine multidisciplinary research, will contribute towards the development of Medical Humanities at Leeds through involvement in academic and community engagement events, and will be encouraged and aided to disseminate their research nationally and internationally. As with all research students based in the School of English , s/he will have opportunities to teach in the School following a successful upgrade to full PhD status.
Leeds is an excellent location in which to undertake Medical Humanities research. The University combines relevant research expertise in the Schools of English and Medicine with active research-oriented clinical services in primary health care, acute hospital care and mental health care. The NHS in Leeds covers a population of 3/4 million in the city as well as providing specialist health services to a larger population in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Links to surrounding Health Trusts allow access to clinical services and patients from the culturally and ethnically diverse population of West Yorkshire . The city is also the home to the Thackray Medical Museum , one of the UK ‘s leading medical museums, which has considerable library and archival holdings.
Fees (at the rate payable by Home/EU students) will be met by the School of English (international students must meet the difference between Home/EU fees and international level fees), and successful candidates will receive an annual grant of approximately £8,000. Closing date for applications is 30 June 2011.
To download an application form go to http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/downloads/file/803/phd_studentship_in_medical_humanities_application_form
Details of the application process can be found at: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/20023/postgraduate_research/86/applying_for_research_degrees
Applicants should send a full academic CV, a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, and provide two academic references.