Medical and Healthcare Studies: Fully Funded Scar Free Foundation/HCRW PhD Scholarship: RESECT - Service redesign in skin cancer management

Closing date: 8 December 2021

Key Information

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Funding providers: Scar Free Foundation/Health and Care Research Wales

Subject areas: Skin cancer, Health services research, Health services redesign

Project start date: 1 January 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-December)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Medical and Healthcare Studies

Mode of study: Full-time

Project supervisors: 

  • Primary: Professor Iain Whitaker
  • Secondary: Professor Hayley Hutchings

Project description:

Skin cancer is a significant and growing societal health problem, with Wales having one of the highest rates of melanoma in the UK. Among Caucasian populations, the incidence of skin cancer is rising faster than that of any other malignancy, with this trend expected to continue. With an ageing national population, longer life expectancy, higher patient expectations and the long-term impact of greater foreign travel now being realised, it is unlikely that the health service will be able to cope unless care services are designed and planned effectively.

The aims of this PhD are to: 

  • map the characteristics of patients and services relating to skin cancer in Wales
  • determine the burden of morbidity and associated healthcare to patients and society
  • calculate the associated healthcare costs of providing skin cancer care

This will contribute to a better understanding of existing skin cancer care in Wales, which will serve as a basis for developing new and more effective ways of providing care and condition management in skin cancer, supporting the Welsh Government’s ‘prudent healthcare’ agenda.

For more information, visit the Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Centre (ReconRegen) website.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University). See - Country-specific Information for European Applicants and Country-specific Information for International Applicants

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £19,650.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Medical and Healthcare Studies, Ph.D. / Full-time / 3 Year / January
  2. Start year – please select 2022
  3. Funding (page 8)
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS17 - RESECT’

*Please note that applications received without the above information may not be considered.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)

Informal scholarship enquiries before the application deadline are welcome and may be directed to Mr Octavian Parkes (Programme Manager-