PhD Studentship: Mental Healthcare in Twentieth-Century Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available at the CSHHH, a collaboration of health historians at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities. It is a leading Centre for the study of modern history of health and healthcare, and we have a lively and growing postgraduate community .

We invite applications from candidates interested in pursuing doctoral research in the history of mental health and healthcare in late nineteenth and/or twentieth-century Scotland; applications with a comparative dimension to another country are welcome, but the project should exploit some of the rich archival resources available locally, such as the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives, the Lothian Health Services Archive and the National Archives of Scotland. In line with the distinctive research focus of health historians at Glasgow Caledonian, the doctoral project would be orientated towards the social, political and/or economic dimensions of mental health and healthcare. Possible focal points for this project could include:

  • The treatment of civilian patients in Scottish mental hospitals during the First World War, examining whether psychiatric care for ex-service patients prioritised at the expense of the pre-existing asylum population. This would engage with debates on the health of the civilian population during wartime, and the impact of war on psychiatric knowledge and practice.
  • Analysis of the place of mental health services within the National Health Service, with a focus on the funding available to mental health services in comparison to other health services and the impact this had on psychiatric hospital regimes.
  • Inequalities within mental healthcare? A comparative analysis which would contrast services for acute cases of mental disorder with responses to chronic mental disorder, learning disability and/or psychogeriatrics in twentieth-century Scotland
  • Deinstitutionalisation and community care in Scotland in the post-war era, with a focus on psychiatric rehabilitation, the changing nature of care within psychiatric hospitals, the establishment of local authority provisions and the relationship between hospital and community-based facilities
  • The experiences of psychiatric patients in Scotland and the evolution and influence of the service user movement on healthcare policies and provisions

Enquiries should be directed towards Dr Vicky Long (

The studentship is funded by Glasgow Caledonian University, and is worth £15,600 per annum for entry in October 2013. The studentship is offered for 3 years and will provide the following:

  • A maintenance stipend that is set at the annual stipend level of (£13,600) plus an additional £1000 (to cover the costs of work the student will undertake to support the School whilst strengthening their own capabilities)
  • Tuition fees up to a maximum of UK/EU levels (non-EU students must pay the outstanding non-EU tuition fee)
  • Commitment to each student to provide at least £1000 of personal development funding such as conference attendance or training programmes

Applicant should hold a first or second class honours degree, and should either hold or be working towards a masters degree in a relevant field (History, History of Medicine, or Medical Humanities).

For details on how to apply, and for other funded PhD studentship opportunities at Glasgow Caledonian University, please see: http://gcu/research/phdresearchopportunities/ 

Details of this studentship are located under the Society and Social Justice Tab.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 15 April 2013.

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