Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Feasibility of Conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of Resilience Intervention Training

Closing date: 21 June 2019

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales.*

Start date: October 2019

Subject study: Feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of Resilience Intervention Training in undergraduate paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

Studies have found that paramedics and other emergency ambulance staff score higher than other professional groups on validated assessments of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This may be due to frequent exposure to traumatic events that have the potential to lead to mental health problems. The project aims to see if a programme of Resilience Intervention Training (RIT) can protect emergency service personnel from the development of mental health problems and symptoms of traumatic stress.

The first step in this programme will be to develop the Resilience Intervention Training based on extant intervention programmes and develop the materials for the intervention.

The intervention will then be delivered to half the students on the undergraduate paramedic programme and emergency medical technician training course, based at Swansea University. Qualitative and quantitative measures of opinions about the Resilience Intervention Training will be taken with a view to obtaining feedback from trainees and improving palatability and acceptability of the intervention.

The effectiveness of the Resilience Intervention Training will be evaluated via a “trauma-challenge” paradigm using both psychological and psychophysiological measures (e.g. heart rate variability). Responses to the challenge will be compared in students that have received the Resilience Intervention Training against those that did not. 

Results from these studies will be used to design a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) and apply for funding to implement this RCT. If successful, the MSc candidate could potentially be upgraded to a PhD and could evaluate the implementation of the RCT.

The project will be supervised by Professor Nicola Gray (Swansea University) and will be overseen by a Research Development Group that consists of Nigel Rees (Head of Research & Innovation, Welsh Ambulance Service), Professor Paul Bennett (Swansea University), Neil Hore (Programme Manager for the Paramedic Science course, Swansea University) and Professor Robert Snowden (Cardiff University).

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

For more details please see here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/psychology-kess-msc-research-feasibility.php

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in psychology or a related subject.

They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information). 

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

For this scholarship students must also have:

  • a home address in East Wales (details below)* at the time of registration and enrolment
  • the right to take up paid work in the East Wales Area* on completion of the scholarship

*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Powys, Wrexham and Flintshire.

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

Administrative contacts and how to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Professor Nicola Gray regarding information on the area of research, via email (nicola.s.gray@swansea.ac.uk).

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2019-20
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C on the KESS East Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

For any queries please contact KESSstudentenquiries@swansea.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 4pm 21 June 2019.

Funding notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point on the KESS II EAST Participant Proposal Form.‌

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)
Application deadline:
21 June 2019
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