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Bournemouth University: PhD opportunties in the area of Interprofessional Education and / or Collaborative Practice


Bournemouth University are delighted to announce the launch of the 2012 Vice-Chancellor Doctoral (Fee Waive Scholarships) which will offer support to up to 60 outstanding postgraduate research students.  The Scholarships will provide a full fee waive for up to 36 months in the case of full-time students and exceptionally 48 months in the case of part-time students.  Stipends (to cover living expenses) are not included in the scholarships and these must be provided by the student themselves or by a sponsor. 

We are particularly interested to hear from students interested in interprofessional education and or collaborative practice.

Changes in service organisation in health, social care, education and criminal justice systems has led to increased requirements for collaborative working between a range of different professionals and agencies.  This has often led to a blurring and overlapping of traditional professional role boundaries. Poor collaborative working is associated with serious threat to patient, client and public safety. Interprofessional education and training is one way of improving collaborative practice across professional and agency boundaries. Interprofessional education and its role in enhancing interprofessional collaboration in practice, extends beyond national boundaries.  These are global issues highlighted by the WHO Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (WHO, 2010).  

We are very interested in hearing from potential students who wish to study for a PHD in this field. Those with an interest in either collaborative practice or interprofessional education from a range of disciplines are encouraged to apply and projects could explore: 

  • Interagency working between the criminal justice system and mental health services
  • Interagency working and achieving continuous care pathways for older people
  • Interagency working between the third, private and public sector agencies
  • International comparisons of interprofessional education and/or collaborative practice 
  • Cross boundary working of any kind
  • The application of sociology, education or psychological theory to the field of interprofessional education and collaboration. 

This is not an exhaustive list and all project ideas that relate to this area would be welcome.

For more information, please contact Dr Sarah Hean for informal discussion before 30 April 2012