Advanced Care Research Centre


Frequently asked questions on funding and applying for the Advanced Care Research Centre Academy PhD studentships.

Applications for some of the PhD studentships have re-opened. In order to fill the few remaining places we are currently running a rolling recruitment process, with project adverts staying posted until recruitment is complete. Applications received from 8 May 2021 onwards will be reviewed on a twice weekly basis.

Applications for the following year will open in autumn. Thank you for your interest.



1. What is the application process?

Students must apply using the application form.

Instructions are available here.


2. Where is the information on the PhD I’m interested in?

Links to the PhDs on FindaPhD are available from each of the projects here.

The FindaPhD landing page is here. 


3. What main characteristics and experiences are you looking for in an applicant?

We are looking for a diverse range of applicants in order to satisfy the interdisciplinary nature of the ACRC. We aim to select a cohort of students, who together will represent the 3 University Colleges, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, College of Science & Engineering

Most importantly the student must have relevant experience and should demonstrate substantial interest in the field of care for those in later life. 


4. What materials will be covered in the one-year taught Programme?


Semester 1


The Challenges of Ageing and Care



Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation



PUHR11038. Introduction to Systematic Reviews.



CMSE11495.  Leading Technology & Innovation in Organisations        






Semester 2



Research Methodologies & Methods in Ageing and Care                          



Interdisciplinary Group Challenge in Ageing and Care






Summer / Teaching Block 5 and Beyond


Individual Project in Ageing & Care                                                                    




5. In terms of funding, what will it cover and how much is the stipend?

The funding will cover all fees, including the cost of research travel, secondments and research.

The above market Stipend is £16,500 per year.


6. Will students be working on projects with other students or is it all individual based?

There will be a range of cohort based activities where you can engage with other members of the cohort for challenges or projects. Your PhD is done individually, although you will benefit from the experience and assistance of all ACRC academics and research assistants.


7. Can I self-fund and join the ACRC Academy cohort?

The funded cohort is for 13 people only and we will not accept self-funded applications for 2021/22 entry.


8.Can I miss the training year and go straight into the PhD?

No, you must join the training year as it is an essential component of the 4 year programme.


9. Where will we be based?

The ACRC Academy will share a space with the ACRC at the Biocubes, Little France. All Programme Management personnel, workpackage researchers and ACRC Academy students will be based together.

We expect that students will have the opportunity to meet and work with ACRC researchers thereby experiencing real research in action as they participate in the training year.


10. I’m not an Engineer, why do I get an Engineering qualification?

To reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this programme we are drawing on supervisors from across the university. However all students will share a space with the ACRC at the Biocubes, Little France.  Where practical to do so (ie non lab /field work) supervisors will be expected to meet their students at the ACRC Centre. 


11. My supervisor is in a different area of the University, how does that work?

The ACRC Academy will share a space with the ACRC at the Biocubes, Little France. All Programme Management personnel.


12. Why are there more projects advertised than student places available? 

Students will be selected on the basis of their individual strengths and to create a balanced diverse cohort. Students select a PhD from those advertised.


13. Do you have places for International students?

We have fully funded places for 3 international students to apply for the highly competitive ACRC Global Scholarship.


14. Do I need a Masters to apply?

No, you do not need a Masters qualification, though it would be desirable. We require a minimum of 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. In exceptional circumstances a 2:2 will be considered where the applicant demonstrates considerable relevant experience and/or a Masters degree. 


15. What is the application process:

To be considered you must:

- Complete the online form 

Complete the separate demography form

- Send your CV and other required documentation to

- Have your referees send their reference letters in pdf to


16. Should I speak to the supervisor of my chosen subject?

We hope that this FAQ address all of your questions prior to submitting an application.

If you have a question not considered here then please send to and we will deal with it appropriately (so we can filter and if required send to a supervisor).

Due to the number of applications we are experiencing we have recommended that supervisors direct any queries to this website. 


17. Can I study remotely?

You cannot study remotely as the ACRC Academy PhD with Integrated Study is a cohort based thematic PhD that requires the students to work closely together. Students will have a desk at the Biocubes and will be expected to be at the centre for a significant portion of their time.


18. Can I apply for more than one PhD project?

Yes, you do not need to limit your selection to one project. Candidates can apply for up to 3 projects but must submit separate applications for each. Only one set of supporting documents and references is required.


19. Can I study part time?

Yes, part time study is available for these PhD studentships .


20. What are the English language requirements?

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. 

English language tests 

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified: 

  • IELTS/Academic IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) 
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements 
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module) 
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components 

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old. 

Degrees taught and assessed in English 

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration: 

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries. 

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study. 

Find out more about our language requirements: 

Please email evidence of your English language proficiency to when you apply.