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Research degree programmes 

As a research student in the Department, you'll be joining a community of academics working to deliver high quality, impact-focused reasearch that informs health and healthcare policy and influences practice.

We offer two types of research degrees: 

  • PhD (Full-time 3 years, part-time 6 years)
  • MPhil (Full time 1 year, part-time 2 years)

Research groups

You'll be welcomed as a valuable member of our scientific community and will be embedded into one of our specialist research groups: 


As a research student in our Department, you'll have the flexibility to tailor your studies to achieve your research goals and will benefit from our in-depth, bespoke research training programme which supports the development of essential subject specific skills. You'll be able to study a range of modules covering a variety of different research methodologies and key concepts in health sciences.

Alongside your studies you'll have access to a variety of personal development opportunities, to prepare you for your future career. Our students often pursue careers in academia, or put the knowledge and research skills they gain to work in the commercial research, business or finance sectors.

You'll also have access to all of our deparmental facitilies, including your own workspace in one of several dedicated spaces for research students, including the Research Centre for Social Sciences.

We offer a number of self-funded and fully-funded projects. We are also open to students who would like to pursue their own research question. 

Fees and funding

There are a number of funding opportunities available to research students across the University. 

Entry requirements

You will require a 2:1 or higher in a previous degree.

How to apply

Before you apply, you should: 

  • Identify which of our research groups fits with your research interests - please do NOT send speculative applications to members of staff in the Department at this time.
  • Put together a brief proposal for the kind of research you would like to do.
  • After you have submitted your online application, we will ask potential supervisors in the research group you have chosen to consider your application. If the research group would like to take your application to the next stage, we will invite to an interview.
  • Check that you meet our minimum English language requirements.

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