Doctoral Studentship on Autism and Personality Disorder

Updated: 16 days ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Apr 2021

The Centre for Mental Health Research in the School of Health Sciences is advertising a full-time Doctoral Studentship on autism and personality disorder to an outstanding candidate. Situated in the heart of London, we are a leading provider of applied healthcare research. We offer PhD candidates a world-class research environment: in the most recent REF (2014), 100% of our research environment was judged as world leading or internationally excellent and 100% of research impact was judged as world leading or internationally excellent. In the recent Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 96% of PhD students responding rated the expertise and responsiveness of their supervisors as excellent. Successful applicants would join around 70 current PhD students in the School, providing a supportive environment of peers. Across City more widely, our Doctoral College provides training, support and an interdisciplinary community for over 500 doctoral researchers.

Doctoral researchers become part of a university community that is passionate about developing world-leading research, committed to academic excellence and dedicated to providing extensive support for doctoral researchers.

What is offered
A doctoral studentship will provide:

  • An annual bursary (£17,609 2021/22)
  • A full tuition-fee waiver for UK students. Applications are welcome from EU and overseas applicants but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the EU/overseas and UK tuition fee.
  • Research costs up to £12,980 over 3 years.

The Project
People with lived experience and clinicians say that autism may be missed or misdiagnosed in some people diagnosed with personality disorder, and this can cause serious harm through people being misunderstood, feeling unheard, and being offered inappropriate and inadequate support. The doctoral researcher will aim to improve recognition of autism, differential diagnosis and provision of appropriate support by investigating similarities and differences between autism and personality disorder, drawing on quantitative and qualitative methods, and working closely in co-production with people with lived experience. The project is funded by the Words That Carry On fund at the McPin Foundation, with matched funding from City University of London.

Supervisors: Rose McCabe (City), Kirsten Barnicot (City), Will Mandy (UCL).
Project team: As above, plus Jennie Parker (City), Eloise Stark (Oxford), and our lived experience and clinician advisory panels.


The studentships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and the potential to produce cutting edge-research. See for general eligibility criteria and other information about research degrees in the School of Health Sciences. For this studentship specifically:

  • Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree or merit level Master's degree in Psychology, Mental Health or a related subject (or international equivalent).
  • Applicants must have strong experience and skills in quantitative and qualitative research, a strong interest in the PhD topic and a solid commitment to co-produced research.
  • Lived or family experience of autism and/or personality disorder, and previous experience of clinical or research work in mental health services, will be an advantage.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent.
  • Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London or any other academic institution.

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