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The development of cancer pain education resources for patients from ethnically diverse communities in Humber and North Yorkshire and the health professionals caring for them


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time) 5 years (part-time)

Application deadline:

10 February 2023

About this project

Cancer pain is highly distressing. When assessed and treated, it improves. However, research shows people with cancer from ethnically diverse (ED) communities are less satisfied than White British patients with how their pain is managed; many are undertreated. Complex reasons account for this and include differences in how pain is described and health professionals’ skills in communicating/caring for patients from ED communities. Teaching about cancer pain and medication makes a difference, as can training health professionals in cultural competency. This mixed methods PhD will deliver a detailed understanding of cancer pain, its assessment and management from the perspectives of ED patients living in Humber and North Yorkshire, and the health professionals caring for them and will lead to the co-development of relevant and acceptable educational resources, and cultural-competency training for health professionals

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Jonathan Koffman.


Join us at a free webinar at 6 pm on Monday 28 November for more information about the funded projects available through this cluster. You will be able to hear from PhD supervisors and ask questions about the programme

About the research cluster


This PhD cluster comprises four cross-Faculty inter-linked PhD scholarships, to address health inequalities in advanced illness at regional, national, and international levels. In the United Kingdom, demographic changes mean the proportion of older people is growing fast, with a rapid increase in the number of people living with advanced illnesses, including long-term conditions, complex multi-morbidities, and frailty. These demographic changes significantly impact health and social care; care in the last year of life for this population accounts for >20% of all UK NHS expenditure. The marked reduction in public expenditure, the housing crisis, and growing levels of unstable employment have all increased health inequalities. For this population, unprecedented inequalities in care exist and have widened during the pandemic – particularly in deprived communities and in the global south. These inequalities include ethnic and social differences in access to and provision of care, and variable community participation in care and support. Globally, health inequalities are profound in low to middle-income countries and impact every aspect of health experiences and outcomes for people living with and dying from advanced illness and their families. For all PhDs, integrated approaches to care – drawing on community resources – are essential, if effective and efficient solutions to these challenges are to be found.

The successful candidate will be based on the University campus and join our thriving and diverse research community. Research into health inequalities in advanced illness is cross-cutting and researchers within the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR) and the cluster of postgraduate researchers. They will benefit from the vibrant ICAHR research environment and excellent facilities of the Allam Medical Building. They will have group support from the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre working closely with Primary Care academics, other Hull York Medical School research groups, the Faculty of Health Sciences, Environment Institute, and Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education partners. In ICAHR currently, there are 14 senior academics, 12 research associates and 37 postgraduate students, with a high proportion conducting research related to advanced illness. An Information Specialist and Patient Public Partners – through INVOLVE Hull – will also support.

How to apply

You will need to supply a personal statement when applying for this scholarship position. Find out more about writing a personal statement. Please also ensure you include the following information:

  1. What motivates you to pursue PhD study
  2. Why you are interested in this project
  3. How your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need
  4. The wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.

Apply for this scholarship Full time | Part time

Additional guidance on how to apply.

Closing date for applications

10 February 2023

Start date

1 October 2023


Postgraduate Rebecca Humphries & Georgia Sykes walking by HUBS Wharfe Building

University of Hull's Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the college is here to help you achieve your potential.


  • The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant/stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 22/23 is £4596 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £17668 per annum. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
  • If you need to move into a fourth year (full-time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period and you will be required to pay a continuation fee.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a health, social care or social science-related subject. A taught MSc or Masters by Research (MRes) in a relevant subject would be an advantage.

For more details on our entry requirements please visit the postgraduate admissions webpage.

This scholarship is available for full-time and part-time study.

International applicants

This opportunity comes with a Home fee waiver only, which will not cover the full International fee. You will therefore need to pay the difference between the Home fee and the International fee every year and will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover this.

The amount you will have to pay will depend on the PhD programme that you will be registered on. For scholarships based in Hull York Medical School, you will be registered on PhD Medical Sciences.

Below is an illustration of what that could mean for you, based on 2022 fees. NB fees rise each year so the example below is an approximation only.

International fee for PhD Biomedical Sciences: £23900

Home fee waiver: £4596

Difference to pay per annum: £19,304

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship for full-time and within five years and six months if studying part-time.

Research training

As a PhD student at Hull York Medical School, you will receive comprehensive research training and support.

Enrolment, Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and Visa information

If your application is successful and your PhD is based at the University of Hull, you will need to complete your enrolment through the University of Hull online system (we will send you information nearer the time). If you are also an overseas applicant your CAS will be issued through the University of Hull applicant portal, please ensure you complete your CAS requirements using your University of Hull portal.

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