School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Breast Cancer Services in Vietnam

female researcher working in a laboratory from behind a protective screen

Centre for Public Health

PhD Opportunity

Understanding and Strengthening Breast Cancer Services in Vietnam - A Mixed Methods Approach


*Fees Only Award* 

*Closing date has been extended* 

The PhD project is designed to: 
1) enhance understanding about the organisation and delivery of breast cancer services in Vietnam 
2) document how women with breast cancer engage with the health care system 
3) contribute to the prevention of deaths by improving breast cancer care. 

The project is a collaboration between CPH, QUB and Professor Hoang Van Minh at the Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH) and forms part of the increasing global health research programme at CPH. The PhD researcher will be required to conduct reviews of best available evidence, surveys to assess the availability of, and access to, breast cancer services at different levels of the Vietnamese health system, a ‘rapid assessment protocol’ (RAP) study and analysis of secondary data and documentary sources. The ideal PhD candidate will have some knowledge about mixed-methods approaches, excellent project management skills, good analytical thinking and some experience of global health research. Regular sojourns and field trips to Vietnam will be required in order to conduct the PhD successfully. 



Funded by: Newton Institutional Links Grant funded through the British Council 

Eligibility for fees (£4,195 for 2017/18) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK or EU resident. 

Please note: The costs of the field work in Vietnam (including logistical and living costs for the applicant) will be covered by the Newton Institutional Links Grant funded through the British Council. The grant will cover travel and subsistence during the visits to Vietnam only. 



English Language 

Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score. 

The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is: 
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years; 
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); 
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B; 
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or 
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking. 

For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link: 

The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU





Closing date for application is: Sunday, July 16, 2017



Please refer to 'Entry Requirements' for specific admissions criteria.

Apply online via the Queen's on-line application portal .  Guidance is available on the University’s Prospective Student pages.

When applying for a project, please choose ‘MEDICINE’ as your subject area/School.

Please ensure you adhere to the closing dates.

If you have any further queries please contact:  or +44 (0) 28 9097 2619/2042.