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PhD Degree Programme

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is the highest academic degree anyone can study and requires extended study and intense intellectual effort. To earn a PhD a student must accomplish three things:

  • The student must master a specific subject completely
  • They must extend the body of knowledge about that subject
  • They need to become a successful independent researcher

We welcome applications from enthusiastic, talented and highly motivated individuals with a passion for research and for using research to make a difference. View video profiles of our current research students.


  • 2-4 years full-time OR 
  • 4-8 years part-time

Course structure

All new PhD students undergo an intensive doctoral induction programme. Each student is allocated two research supervisors with expertise in the student's area of research. Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors throughout their period of study. If data collection is being undertaken abroad, supervision continues via SKYPE, video conferencing or email.

Depending upon individual needs, PhD students undertake specific postgraduate research training in their first year. This can be through attendance at University-taught and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-accredited research courses. 

For more information on the modules available please see our ESRC Module Guide

Further research skills can be developed through attendance at Graduate School research training courses.

The postgraduate team prides itself in providing a supportive infrastructure to stimulate a strong PhD research culture. In addition to formal research training doctoral students:

  • Attend an annual lunchtime seminar series (meeting together approximately twice a month) 
  • Participate in research conferences and School-based research seminars
  • Attend doctoral student meetings called 'Research Saturdays', especially designed to encourage the participation of part-time students

Funding opportunities are available to support national and international research-related networking and internships.

Further details on the structure of our PhD programme can be found in our PhD Applicant's Handbook (PDF).

Research areas

The School has an extensive research profile, with the following well established research groups:

  • The Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare
  • Education and Technology for Health 
  • Maternal Health and Wellbeing 
  • Mental Health 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care

Doctoral research applications that are directly aligned to existing research groups are encouraged, but applications in any research area will be considered. 

To see a list of current supervisors within the School please visit our research supervisors page.

View more information on the University Postgraduate Prospectus.

Entry requirements

To apply for a PhD you should hold a Masters degree with at least Merit, or an equivalent qualification, and have an interest in research.

International students

We welcome international applicants and have a great deal of experience in supporting their particular needs.

How to apply

An online application form can be found on the Applicants' Portal. A complete application includes two academic references and a research proposal. See our research proposal guidance for more information.

Detailed information on the application and acceptance process for the PhD programme can be found in our PhD Applicant's Handbook


Further information and enquiries

Download the PhD flyer

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0815




School of Health Sciences

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