Ph.D. in STS/ Medical Sociology (Scotland) Deadline: Jan. 7, 2019

The University of Edinburgh

Application Deadline

January 07, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The University of Edinburgh founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The Usher Institute within the Edinburgh Medical School, in collaboration with The Euan MacDonald Center, a research center at the University of Edinburgh, invites applications for a Ph.D position to work in the project titled ‘Why (not) participate? An international comparative study of people with MND’s experiences of, and perspectives on, participating in research’. The project seeks to better understand the experiences of people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) who elect to participate in scientific research, as well as to better appreciate why other people do not. In doing to, it will employ approaches from medical sociology and science and technology studies (STS).

The project will entail qualitative data-collection (including but not limited to semi-structured interviews) with approximately 50 people with MND. At least half of the respondents will be in the UK, with further data collection conducted in a relevant international context. This comparative element will enable the study to explore whether perspectives on involvement in research by people with MND are inflected by any national differences in recruitment and scientists’ interactions with participants (which might, for instance, be shaped by varying ethics requirements for biomedical research, and by differing health system-university relationships).

The project will aim to generate new knowledge and contribute to furthering debates in sociology and STS regarding the social and ethical aspects of participation in scientific research. In particular, it will consider research as a form of care, and draw on established and emerging debates on care and the affective dimensions of science in order to interpret the data collected. The project will also involve targeted dissemination of the findings to MND researchers, with a view to enhancing the experiences of people with MND who participate in research.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Candidates with an MA/MSc (or similar) in a relevant social science discipline [or an undergraduate degree in social science with the addition of substantive relevant additional work experience] are invited to apply.

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Application Process

The eligible candidates are required to download the application form. Download the guidelines here. Read also the application process carefully. The completed application forms are to be sent via email to with the project code 2019-EMC-07 in the email subject line.

For further information, please contact Dr. Martyn Pickersgill or Prof. Sarah Cunningham Burley.

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