University Of Bedfordshire PHD

University Of Bedfordshire PHD

Suggested PhD topics

The following are a list of potential PhD topics, which we would welcome applications for. However, it is important to note that, currently, we are not able to offer any financial assistance to students wishing to undertake a PhD programme.


Cross-cultural conceptualisations and manifestations of autism stigma

Supervisor: Dr Chris Papadopoulos


e-health and remote healthcare and their application to both acute and chronic health

Supervisor: Dr Erica Cook

  • Psycho-social factors that impact on the uptake of e-health, identifying the facilitators and barriers that impact on this type of healthcare
  • Impact of e-health on self-management for both acute and chronic health conditions.
  • The role of e-health on the traditional healthcare relationship: From doctor centred to patient centred and related satisfaction.
  • Exploring the role of e-health in empowering patients with chronic health conditions.

Unnecessary visits to A& E. An exploration of the geographical and Socio-determinants of casualty use

Supervisor: Dr Erica Cook

Figures suggest that over 42% of people who go to A&E do not need to be there, costing the NHS over £4.5 million a year with this figure set to rise (NHS, 2010). However, limited research has not addressed the psycho-social factors that ultimately impact on the uptake of Accident and Emergency, nor qualitatively explored the underlying factors that can explain what influences decisions to use Accident and Emergency services. This research endeavours to do this, thus aiming to inform policy on how to reduce unnecessary hospital visits thus shape future interventions in line with other health service promotion to essentially support the individual needs of the public.


Crohn’s disease as an “invisible” disease: Using virtual ethnography to understand emitted narratives of people with Crohn’s disease.

Supervisor: Dr Yannis Pappas


Alternative ways of consultation in General Practice in the UK.

Supervisor: Dr Yannis Pappas