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Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research

The Centre, based within the Schools of Medicine, provides postgraduate training for clinicians and other healthcare professionals who are looking to undertake doctoral study into rehabilitation and healthcare.

When applying to the University of Nottingham for a PhD or to join the Integrated Clinical Academic pathway in a relevant research area, you can also join the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research. 

We deliver tailored training centred on the needs of each individual student so they graduate with the fundamental skills necessary to become leaders in the industry of translational healthcare and rehabilitation.

Our students are able to access training provided by the Researcher Academy, the School of Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the N-Trans programme, and courses offered to other postgraduate students.

Examples of Research areas

  • Falls Prevention
  • Health of Older People
  • Care Homes
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Neurological and Psychological Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • The life course of people with Cerebral Palsy
  • Translational Research in Ageing

Core Training Programme

All students who join the centre will take part in a special programme over two days. The programme uses the examples and experiences of centre members' research programmes to illustrate learning and expose students to a wealth of knowledge and practical experience.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the Medical Research Council Framework for evaluating complex interventions
  • To appreciate the value of mixed method designs
  • To consider factors important in the design of mixed method randomised control trials
  • To share practical experience of measuring complex interventions
  • To learn how to describe trial interventions 
  • To recognise the role of health economic evaluation within mixed methods designs
  • To appreciate the use of frameworks in evidence synthesis
  • To appreciate the importance of implementation 
  • To gain awareness of implementation research methods

PhD Sponsors

The Ossie Newell Foundation

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands

Study with us

To study with us you must apply for a PhD in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research.

Entry Requirements

2:1 (or equivalent) in subjects such as epidemiology, medicine, science and statistics, or degrees from a profession allied to health.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 7 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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We will also support applications for funding to the Medical Research Council and others, major charities, the National Institute for Health Research and foreign governments. 

International students are often funded by their governments, local organisations, self-funded or make use of a number of scholarship programmes on offer.

Find out more about fees and funding



Testimonials and success stories

Our students have gone on to find major success in their chosen fields. Why not find out more about what they had to say about the centre or what they've been up to since working with us?

Read our testimonials and success stories


School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

Contacts: Call 0115 748 4098 ext.30031 or please see our 'contact us' page for further details