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Assessing the benefits of learning to fly, for disabled people.


Project details:

First supervisor: Professor Tim Newton

Second supervisor: Professor Richard Cook

Sponsor: KCL (Self-funded)

Mode of study: Full-time

Project duration:3 years

Eligibility: Home/EU and Overseas

Start date: Open until suitable candidate is found

Application deadline:  Open until suitable candidate is found

Reference number:  2022/DOCS/03

Project description:

Aerobility is a charity which offers those with any disability the opportunity to experience a flight in a small aircraft. For some it is a once in a lifetime experience, for others it can comprise a full course leading to a pilot’s licence. The aim of the charity Is to improve sense of self worth, quality of life and wellbeing of its clients. KCL, through partnership with Aerobillity,  is looking to develop an academic assessment of the outcomes for clients, volunteers and the families of those clients. The study will comprise three elements: A pre-post test study of psychological impact of the aerobility experience; an in-depth exploration of the experience through focus group interviews with participants and carers; an exploration through individual interviews of the experience of volunteering for aerobility.

Research training 

  • Psychological assessment

  • Psychometrics

  • Quantitative methodologies and data analysis

  • Qualitative methodologies, in particular conduct and analysis of focus groups

 Person specification:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Psychology or similar qualification

  • Previous research experience in the area of psychology and/or well being assessment

  • Interest in developing self and research capabilities in a unique arena

  • Interest in the development and optimisation of the lives of disabled people

To view entry requirements and further general information, see Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD prospectus page.

Next steps

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account/login

  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application

  3. Enter ‘Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)/(Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study

  4. Select  the start date

  5. Please note: Applicants must include the project reference number (2022/DOCS/03) in the 'Research proposal' and 'Funding (point 5)' sections of the application.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss projects with the first supervisor prior to submitting an application. 

Contact for further information:

Prof Tim Newton 


Prof Richard Cook 




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