Psychology; Health and economic benefits of arts interventions: a deductive mixed methods approach -MSc by Research

Location: Swansea University, College of Health and Human Sciences – Singleton Campus

Annual Stipend: £11,702

Application Deadline: 15th November 2019 (Start date – early January 2020)

Project Description (max 500 words):

 The aim of this MSc by Research study is to co-produce an intervention with key stakeholders to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of arts-based interventions on people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).

This mixed-methods study will utilise both qualitative and quantitative techniques and will involve scoping current services and identifying current good practice before working together with key stakeholders to design and implement a dance/arts therapy intervention. The evidence of improved outcomes will be provided by measurement tools used after the intervention is completed. We propose the use of objective measurements to elucidate quantitative and qualitative outcomes, examples of which are: physiological measurement of a biomarker e.g – cortisol, digital objective cognitive assessment tools e.g –  Cambridge Cognitions CANTAB, as well as validated more subjective clinical questionnaires such as Cambridge Cognitions CANTAB, as well as validated more subjective clinical questionnaires (Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS or MDQ, PHQ9). Therefore, this MSc research is expected to provide information and evidence to inform policy and practice, and to improve preventative care for adults with aMCI.

Further to this, the project aims to create a “model” system by which other arts interventions may be assessed to provide objective evidence in support of their broader utilisation with the NHS.

 The scholarship offers all eligible participants (student):

  • KESS Scholarship holders do not pay fees
  • A monthly stipend to £11,702 per annum
  • An additional budget to support your research of £3,000 for travel, conference attendance, minor equipment, consumables and training
  • An opportunity to access a suite of higher level skills training & attendance at a residential KESS Grad School
  • A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project
  • All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in the undergraduate degree in a closely related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU fees (see–advice/fees-and-money/Wales-fee-status for more information. For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS 2 Participant Proposal From.

How to Apply:

Applicants are advised to contact Mr Craig Toutt regarding information on the area of research by email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS 2 Participant Proposal Form – and return to
  2. Complete the KESS 2 Supplementary form – and return to

You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificate/s
  • Two references*
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS 2 Participant Proposal Form
  • *The references can take the form of a letter on official headed paper, or via the Universities standard reference form. Alternatively, referees can directly email a reference from their employer email account to Please note that references received via private emails accounts (e.g. Hotmail, yahoo) cannot be accepted.

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only)

Application forms may be submitted in Welsh and any application in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For other queries, please contact:

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Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.