International PhD Scholarship in Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK

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International PhD Scholarship
School of Psychology
Reference No INT-012Khan

Applications are invited for a full-time scholarship available in the School of Psychology. The scholarship is tenable for up to 3 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to international applicants only. UK/EU applicants are not eligible to apply. The scholarship will provide £15000 towards the cost of the International tuition fee over 3 years.

Project Title: The psychosocial impact of ‘Honour’ Related Violence (HRV): The experience of British-Born Asians.

Project Description:
Experiences of ‘honour’ related violence (HRV) have been wholly overlooked in terms of psychological research. Significantly, not one empirically-based psychosocial source can be located to inform on the aetiology, nature, or impact of HRV, either for victims or perpetrators. Thus, this specific form of domestic and child abuse remains largely invisible in terms of systematic psychological research and no validated evidence currently exists to inform practice or policy in the UK.

The proposed project will apply psychological theories and research to explore the extent and severity of threats and violence used against and by British-born South Asian males and females residing in the UK, in the name of ‘honour’. Both qualitative and quantitative techniques of data collection will be employed.

The aim is to:

  1. collect self-reported quantitative data on the frequency and severity of HRV threats and/or violence;
  2. gather qualitative data from victims and perpetrators of HRV via semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
  3. employ validated psychometric tests to reveal risk and protective factors related to educational, mental and physical health outcomes in response to HRV, and to
  4. conduct statistical analysis to reveal previously unreported psychosocial correlates and/or predictors of HRV, as well as underlying dimensions of this specific form of violence.

The supervisory team will be led by Dr. Roxanne Khan (Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist) and includes co-investigators from the School of Psychology, Dr. Niki Graham-Kevan and Professor John Archer.

Applicants should have, or expect to receive a qualification equivalent to a high class UK honours degree.

Informal project related enquiries may be directed to Dr Roxanne Khan email Tel 01772 895175

Application Forms can be found at: Completed application forms should be emailed to

The closing date for applications to the Graduate Research Office: Friday 13 May 2011 5pm British Summer Time
Proposed Interview Date: 2nd June 2011

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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