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Studentship MSc by Research in Psychology – Job Opportunity

MSc by research studentship in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire starting 1 February 2021

In conjunction with Artlift, the University of Gloucestershire has the opportunity to provide a part-time (two years) fees-only studentship for an MSc by Research in Psychology to support work in the area of Arts on Prescription (AoP). Areas covered include evaluating participant outcomes and exploring the experiences of key stakeholders in the AoP process.

AoP has been a recognised part of social prescribing for over a decade. The evidence base for AoP interventions has been established, and so now more work is required to understand the mechanisms behind the benefit to health and wellbeing experienced by participants, as well as the nuances around what makes programmes effective, for whom they may be most effective, and whether these mechanisms differ depending on participant needs. The present studentship will directly build on our portfolio of research with Artlift, contributing to the evidence base for this intervention, with broad relevance to social prescribing modalities.

Applicants must have a undergraduate degree in Psychology, Public Health, or related discipline of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent. The project will employ mixed methods, and so familiarity with SPSS and with qualitative methodologies is essential.

How to apply:

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Please send a brief CV and covering letter outlining your suitability to: hradmin(at)

Please use reference “O155 Studentship” followed by your name in the subject of your email.

Selection process:

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview to the University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham or by video conference on Tuesday 15th December 2020. Please note this date may be subject to change if substantial applications are received.

Academic Contact: For informal enquiries and further information, please contact Dr Rachel Sumner (rsumner(at)

Person specification


  • Good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) of psychology, public health, or other related discipline.
  • Experience in undertaking qualitative methods
  • Good familiarity with SPSS


  • Experience of running focus groups
  • Experience of working in health or community-wellbeing related settings
  • Good knowledge of social prescribing and contemporary issues in primary and/or secondary care.

Closing Date: 01 December 2020

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