Self-funded PhD students only

Project code



School of Health Sciences and Social Work

Start dates

February and October

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

Shock-absorbing floors in clinical settings are designed to reduce fall-related injuries for older people. But this type of flooring has wider implications on the health care system – and a greater understanding is needed.

On this self-funded PhD programme, research will explore the wider issues for patients and staff of introducing shock-absorbing floors, such as on fatigue, rolling resistance and implications of moving equipment in emergency situations.

Your research project will complement further research being undertaken in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work. It is supervised by Dr Amy Drahota.

The work will include:

  • exploring environmental characteristics of shock-absorbing floors in clinical settings
  • observing the implications of flooring on patient and staff
  • investigating the effect of floor resistance on wheeled objects, such as walking aids, trolleys, beds and hoists
  • considering trade-offs of sound attenuation and staff fatigue
  • researching the implication on patients, such as the Timed Up and Go test, used to indicate frailty

You'll get training in research methods and topic specialist expertise. Research and skills training is also available through the Graduate School.

The School of Health Sciences and Social Work research group have conducted the first robust research on shock-absorbing flooring in hospital settings for fall-related injury prevention, and are establishing themselves as world leaders in this area. Your research will contribute to this growing body of information in the field.


Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).

2019/2020 entry

Home/EU full-time students: £4,327 p/a*

Home/EU part-time students: £2,164 p/a*

International full-time students: £15,900 p/a*

International part-time students: £7,950 p/a*

*Fees are subject to annual increase

By Publication Fees 2019/2020

Members of staff: £1,610 p/a*

External candidates: £4,327 p/a*

*Fees are subject to annual increase

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject.

Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to apply

To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Amy Drahota (, quoting project code HSSW1571015 and the title.

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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