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The Faculty of Health and Social Care welcome applications from highly motivated, professional individuals who wish to pursue a research degree either, MPhil or PhD in a chosen subject which will make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge.

Start dates: MPhil/ PhD programmes usually commence in October, February and May where students are invited to attend both a University and a Faculty induction/ orientation.

Research Areas

In particular, applications are welcomed which align with the Faculty’s five research themes:

  • Mental Health and Learning Disability
  • Pedagogy
  • Ageing
  • Public Health
  • Social Care and Social Work

The Department 

As a postgraduate student you will be supported by a high-quality supervisory team who are committed to facilitating a personalised learning experience. Here you will be challenged to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking as you develop and implement your research project, which should enhance your professional career development as well as contribute to new knowledge in our chosen field.

This is backed up by a Postgraduate Team who will provide you with an opportunity to engage in a robust and diverse research culture within the Faculty and the wider University, including; a variety of research seminars, conference attendance, and presentation and in house training.

Have you considered alternative ways to gain a doctoral qualification? The Faculty of Health and Social Care also offers two excellent taught Professional Doctoral programmes. Taught doctorates are ideal for those not necessarily looking for a career in research, but wish to gain a doctoral qualification to further their profession. Information on the taught doctorates can be accessed via the links below.

Entry Months

These Research Degrees usually commence annually in October, February and May.


For further information, please contact

Our postgraduate tutors are listed below:

  • Dr Adam Keen (Senior postgraduate tutor)
  • Dr Hazel Chapman