Sleep in Multiple Sclerosis

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Difficulty sleeping is common in the community, but even more common in people with multiple sclerosis. However, how sleep relates to other symptoms of multiple sclerosis, whether sleep changes over time and how best to prevent or modify sleep in people with multiple sclerosis remains unclear.

This PhD project will use epidemiological data from the Australian MS Longitudinal study, including linkage to PBS data, to explore questions including:

  • How common are sleep problems in people with multiple sclerosis, using a meta-analysis / meta regression?
  • How much does sleep change over time in people with multiple sclerosis? (up to 2 to 5 years)
  • What factors predict change in sleep over 2 years?
  • What medications are people with multiple sclerosis using to treat poor sleep?
  • Describing relationships between depression and poor sleep

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Laura Laslett


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • An Honours or Masters degree in Science, Health Science, Public Health or Psychology or a related field

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in epidemiological, clinical, or related research
  • Experience in conducting statistical analysis using a statistical package such as Stata, R or SPSS
  • Previous scientific publications in a related field

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Laura Laslett, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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