Research Scholarships

Health Economics: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship: Modelling the impact of the Tenovus Cancer Care Mobile Cancer Support Units for supporting people with cancer in Wales

Closing date: 22 February 2019

Key Information

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*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

PhD Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Health Economic modelling

Start date: April 2019

Tenovus Cancer Care have three mobile cancer units. The intention is that through these mobile cancer units, patients can have their cancer treatment and support in a location closer to their home. Several thousands of patients have already utilised the units since provision commenced in 2009. The intent of the studentship is to assess the economic implications of the mobile cancer units and the possible benefits for patients and their families. In order to do this, it is anticipated that the student will be required to construct a simulation model (the nature of which will be determined by the data) to represent the mobile cancer units and therefore a good grasp of modelling software such as Simul8 and VBA for Excel (or similar) would be beneficial for the student. The project will be quantitative in nature and therefore only candidates with a strong mathematical/analytical background will be considered.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree and have, or be studying for a Master’s degree in Mathematics/Operational Research/Economics or a closely related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see for more information). 

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2018-19 .

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,483 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2018-19 ‌.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Mari Jones regarding information on the area of research, via email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2018-19
  2. Complete the  KESS II Supplementary Form 2017-18  
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only).

For any other queries, please contact:

The deadline for applications is 4pm 22 February 2019.