Studentship in Relationship between Music Engagement, Creativity and Wellbeing in Adolescents and Young
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - The relationship between music engagement, creativity and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults: longitudinal models and cross-sectional investigations (S2145)

School of Psychology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2145

The relationship between music engagement, creativity and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults: longitudinal models and cross-sectional investigations

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

Music therapy and mindfulness interventions can result in positive changes to wellbeing and cognition in a number of mental health conditions. However, there is limited evidence to indicate how engaging with musical hobbies may be beneficial in children and younger, healthy adults.  This project aims to assess how engagement with music is related to wellbeing and resilience in children and young adults, and how it compares to mindfulness. Both may be used to promote these areas of psychological health. Longitudinal modelling with existing datasets and cross-sectional experimental studies will be utilized to conduct this investigation. 

Supervisory Team:

Dr Emma Palmer-Cooper, School of Psychology, ; Dr. Matthew Garner .

Skills Required

  • Some knowledge of path modelling or latent modelling.
  • Interest in wellbeing, and resilience in adolescents and young adults.
  • Experience running experimental studies with participants. 
  • Some experience with younger adults and adolescents preferred but not essential.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website ().

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at ).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th January 2021.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: 

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us

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