KESS2 PhD in Social Sciences and Health: Understanding the oral health educator’s role in supporting patient self-care in contexts of deprivation

Key facts

Application deadline 5 April 2018
Start date 1 July 2018
Duration 3 years (full time)
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships 2 (KESS2) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales.

It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) West Wales and the Valleys programme, by partners from the West Wales and the Valleys areas of Wales, and by Cardiff University.



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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Starting stipend of £14,198 (subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment).
Additional funding offered Circa £3K per year for consumables, training, travel and small equipment costs

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions
Academic criteria

Applicants for research PhDs at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • a relevant Master's qualification or equivalent research experience / research training.

Applicants must:

  • have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys (WWV) region at the time of their application for KESS2 funding and their enrolment for the course of study
  • a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
  • classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student.

Eligible students must be able to provide documentary evidence of a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region of Wales at the time of their KESS2 application and enrolment for study.

The West Wales and the Valleys region is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merythr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.

Applicants must also be prepared to provide proof of identity and income as part of the stipend assessment process. Further details are available from the KESS2 Office.


Graduate Studies Office

Please apply to the Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) with a July 2018 start date.

In the “Research Proposal and Funding” section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add “KESS2 PhD in Social Sciences and Health: Understanding the oral health educator’s role in supporting patient self-care in contexts of deprivation" when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for."


You should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff in the Project Proposal for a discussion prior to applying.

A completed application form for admission to Master of Philosophy (Social Sciences) (July Start): submitted to the Academic Registry via the Online Admissions Service by the deadline of 16:00 on 5 April 2018. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.

The application must contain the following documents:

1. Personal Statement: The statement must name the studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study; the relevance of your previous qualifications and /or work experience; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project. The statement should be no more than two pages.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications (both Certificates and Transcripts): Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum), translation of non-English medium documents; and proof of any legal name changes if different to your documents.

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. You must approach referees yourself and include references with your application using the University’s referee form and send to when complete.

4. Professional Experience: All applications require a CV which should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: The proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

  • your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research
  • an overview of some key research literature relevant to the study
  • your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study
  • a description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic)
  • bibliographic references.

The closing deadline for applications is 16:00 on Wednesday 5 April 2018. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, expected to take place in early May 2018.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


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Funding opportunity provided by:

Tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible Welsh and EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

Eligible research programmes