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Armed Services Trauma Rehabilitation Outcome Study (ADVANCE) PhD Studentship with KCMHR

Start date

October 2022


One 3-year PhD studentship fully funded by the ADVANCE Study charity


The ADVANCE study has, over the past few years, studied a sample of 579 battlefield casualties from Afghanistan and another 566 non-injured but deployed UK military personnel. Baseline data collection has been completed, and the study is progressing through subsequent phases of data collection. The study focuses on the health of battlefield casualties, including mental health and wellbeing, making comparisons between those who are battlefield casualties and those who aren’t. The data collected will enable the examination of the experiences of the battlefield casualties as they recuperate and, eventually, transition to civilian life. The study is a 20-year undertaking involving a number of institutions including the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall, Imperial College London, and King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), King’s College London, the last of which will supervise this studentship.

As this study progresses through phases of data collection, this studentship would involve investigation and analysis of these longer-term data regarding the ADVANCE study participants. The final plan of study would be agreed with the successful candidate; possible components could include:

  • Longitudinal quantitative analysis of socioeconomic and wellbeing outcomes for those who leave the Services
  • Comparison of long-term health and wellbeing trajectories for those who continue to serve with those who leave
  • Ongoing medical needs and impact on wellbeing of battlefield-related injury and amputation
  • Qualitative interviews investigating long term aspects of recovery and identity change

This studentship would include comprehensive training in relevant analytical and academic skills, and the possibility of teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.


A supervisory team would be comprised of two supervisors: Professor Nicola Fear and Dr Howard Burdett

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours (or Overseas equivalent) and a Masters in epidemiology, psychology, sociology, or related fields. Relevant experience with those with long-term medical needs and/or military populations is desirable. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters with Merit.

Award types and eligibility

Fully funded for three years full time, Home/EU tuitions fees (studentship not available to Overseas applicants), annual stipend and some research and travel costs.

Further information

The successful candidate will be based at the King’s College London Denmark Hill campus, but there will be opportunities to travel to Stanford Hall where participants travel for core data collection.

More information about the ADVANCE study can be found at:

More information about the King’s Centre for Military Health Research can be found at: 

How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the admissions portal by midnight (23:59 GMT), Sunday 27th March 2022. 

On the ‘Choosing a programme’ page, please select ‘Research degrees’ and enter the keyword Psychological Medicine Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time).

In your application, you will be asked to include:

  • Details of your qualifications (you will need to attach copies)
  • Details of previous employment
  • A personal statement describing your interests and why you wish to apply for this project. Please include this as an attachment rather than using the text box.
  • A two-page outline of your project concept, possibly including (but not restricted to) some of the topics listed above. Please cover your rationale, aims of the project, methods in brief, and potential impacts. You will be asked to deliver a presentation on your outlined project as part of the interview process.
  • Academic References – all admissions applications require one supporting reference. If the applicant is relying on his/her referees to submit a reference directly to the College after he/she has submitted his/her admissions application, then the applicant must ensure that their chosen referee is made aware of the funding deadline.

In the Funding section, please tick box 5 and include the following reference: NF-ADVANCE-22

Please note there is no need to complete the Research Proposal section in your application as some potential topics for the project have already been set. The specifics of the project will be agreed with the successful candidate);  once the project has been finalised, a Project Approval Form must be completed (with support from supervisors) by June, to allow an October registration.

You are welcome to email for more information regarding the project and studentship.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact the Education support team at

References must be received by the deadline for the applicant to be eligible.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing date

Sunday 27th March 2022


13th/14th April 2022 at the Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus, King’s College London. If circumstances prevent attendance in person, interviews could be held online. 


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