PhD Opportunities NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health

PhD Opportunities NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT-4) Burns Rehabilitation: A multidisciplinary program for burns management, treatment and prevention in low-income countries

Total 3 Studentships

Project 1 – PhD in Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment: This will use mixed methods to develop research questions around the role of Health Technology Assessment: The existence, use and relevance of thresholds for priority setting and preference-based quality of life tools in economic evaluation in Pakistan.
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Project 2 – PhD in Mental Health using mixed method (quantitative and qualitative analyses) to explore the association of the quality of social networks with the mental health and wellbeing of burn survivors in Pakistan.

Project 3: PhD in key methodological topics including policy analysis, exploring components driving change in our multicomponent intervention, developing a core outcome set for burn prevention and rehabilitation programmes, or the use and implications of a WIN ratio approach in the context of this project.

Location: Eligible HEC Recognized Pakistan Collaborating Universities

Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning

Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) which is a non-profit research institute working for over 20 years to improve the health and wellbeing of people with particular emphasis on mental health difficulties. PILL aims at gathering local evidence to inform health and social care policy. We develop and test culturally appropriate treatments and effectively contribute to there implementation into local health infrastructure. PILL has a successful track record of conducting clinical trials to test the effectiveness of novel drugs and psychosocial interventions for a range of mental health issues such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, self-harm, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, personality disorders, substance use and addiction related disorders. PILL has a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, general physicians, social workers, lady health workers, nurses, community supervisors, community volunteers and experts from public health. With such a diverse team, PILL is working in different low resource communities to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Background and Objectives:

Globally, burns are responsible for around 11 million injuries and 180 000 burn-related deaths yearly. Unfortunately, 9 of 10 burn injuries and deaths happen in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) such as Pakistan. One in three people admitted to hospitals with burn injuries die within three weeks, and survivors face serious lifelong physical, emotional and social problems. Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning and University of Manchester have been awarded NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT 4) to undertake an ambitious 4-year research programme to co-adapt and evaluate a better healthcare and rehabilitation programme for people with burn injuries in Pakistan. The programme seeks to:

  • Co-adapt (with patients, caregivers, clinicians, and service users) a culturally appropriate burns care quality and rehabilitation programme for burn survivors. (Work Package-1)
  • Develop and implement national burn registry based on the WHO global burn registry initiative (WorkPackage-2)
  • Evaluate the acceptability, clinical effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of its implementation across Pakistan and to determine its scalability and sustainability. (WorkPackage-3)
  • Improve burn prevention and risk assessment and reduce stigma; (WorkPackage-4)
  • Work with policy makers, health and academia, social enterprises, government and non-government sectors, voluntary agencies and the community to better understand, prevent and manage burn-related injuries (Work Package 5)
  • Build capacity and capability in burn care, prevention and research in Pakistan. (Work Package 6)


Capacity and capability building for burn prevention is embedded throughout the programme. We have a particular interest and experience in developing unintentional injuries particularly burns research capacity to address this global  public health challenge.

We have 3 PhD studentship opportunities within the programme, which will provide world class PhD fellowships, allowing talented individuals to develop research expertise in a dynamic supportive environment, guided by experienced multidisciplinary supervisors and the wider programme academic network. All 3 PhD studentships will be based in Pakistan under the supervision of a lead supervisor from Pakistan and collaborating  UK Universities, Professor Nasim Chaudhry (Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning), Dr. Maria Panagioti, Prof Nusrat Husain, Dr. Amy Blakemore, Dr Helen Brooks from University of Manchester, Prof Emma MacIntosh, University of Glasgow and Prof Duolao Wang, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  Students will be registered at one of the Pakistan collaborating Universities. Students will be supported to develop and conduct an independent research study complimentary to the overall aims of the programme. Students will also have the opportunity for research visits in the corresponding UK university in the duration of their studies.

Funding Package and Study Routes

PhD Registration

Successful candidates will study as a full-time PhD student registered at any local University in Pakistan. Students will benefit from supervision from expert academics in UK and Pakistan and at the partner institution.

PhD Registration at partner institution 

  • Full time PhD registration fees at any collaborating University in Pakistan.
  • Stipend to cover living costs at local rates.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence allowance for selected in-person meetings and networking.



PhD Opportunities

Eligibility & Entry requirements:

  • PhD fellows registered with any Eligible Pakistan Collaborating Universities in the discipline of policy, public health, public administration, economics, psychology, statistics. Students must have not submitted their research synopsis and should be in their 1st or 2nd year of PhD.
  • Previous experience of evidence synthesis and qualitative research methods would be an asset. Strong communication and organisational skills.
Other requirements

PhD programmes will offer a combination of in person and remote learning, to maximise flexibility but are offered on a full-time study basis. Therefore, students must also demonstrate in their application the time and commitment for PhD study:

  • Full time hours availability for the 3-year programme.
  • If seconded from employment, support, and approval from your employer for study time
  • Consistent computer and IT access.
  • Internet connection, up to date windows software, webcam and microphone.
How to apply

Please email your CVs along with a 2-page cover letter describing how you best fit with announced positions at: [email protected]

Closing date: 30 August 2023, interviews, 1st week of September, 2023.

Further information please contact:

Ameer Bux

Associate Programme Director

[email protected]

[email protected]

Phone# 021-35871845