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Our research has a truly international outlook and wide-ranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment.

A PhD in Health Sciences allows you to extend your body of knowledge about an area of healthcare as you become a successful independent researcher within this field of study. 

Our research is carried out in collaboration with clinical partners, global research centres and healthcare organisations. We have a dedicated Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare that works with our research groups and healthcare partners to provide methodological input, evidence synthesis and training.

We welcome all applications that align with the research interests of our staff and research groups.

Applications are welcomed from enthusiastic, talented and highly motivated individuals with a passion for research and for using research to make a difference.

Course content

Our Health Sciences PhD will give you specialist training in the theory and practical techniques you'll need. Plus how to review your findings and write a paper on your project.

You will focus on an original and independent research project, with supervision and support from our research experts.

The training provision for our postgraduate researchers is mapped against Vitae's Researcher Development Framework. Skills are developed within four domains:

1. The knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research
2. The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher
3. Knowledge of the professional standards and requirements to do research
4. The knowledge and skills to work with others to ensure the wider impact of research

Your supervisory team will guide you to training modules based upon your experience, the nature of your study and a training needs analysis.

Postgraduate research students in the School of Health Sciences have access to a range of assessed modules delivered through our ESRC doctoral training centre.

You can also access a diverse range of short courses through our Researcher Academy. These courses cover areas such as:

  • academic writing and language skills
  • career management
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • IT and information skills
  • leadership and management
  • learning and teaching policy impact and public engagement
  • research environment and context
  • research methods and approaches
  • wellbeing

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.


2:1 (or international equivalent) at undergraduate level and a minimum of a merit (or international equivalent) at masters level


2:1 (or international equivalent) at undergraduate level and a minimum of a merit (or international equivalent) at masters level

International and EU equivalents

We accept a wide range of qualifications from all over the world.

For information on entry requirements from your country, see our country pages.

IELTS6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
English language requirements

As well as IELTS (listed above), we also accept other English language qualifications.

This includes TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English.

English language support

If you need support to meet the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course. Our Centre for English Language Education is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

For presessional English courses, you must take IELTS for UKVI to meet visa regulations.

If you successfully complete your presessional course to the required level, you can then progress to your degree course. This means that you won't need to retake IELTS or equivalent.

We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate study.

We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us.


Please note that this programme has an October start date. An April start date is available under exceptional circumstances but must be discussed with the PGR team.

Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for postgraduate research.

How to apply


Home / UK£4,496

UK fees are set in line with the national UKRI maximum fee limit. The figures shown above match the limit for 2020 entry. We expect fees for 2021 entry to be confirmed in February 2021.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your personal budget, including any running costs for your project such as printing or equipment, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.

The school contributes to some costs relating to conference or course attendance but does not fund research expenses. Full costs of your course will vary depending on the nature of your research project, for example there may be additional costs for projects which require specific equipment or travel and you’ll need to have sourced funds for this.


For UK students, there are numerous funding opportunities from:

Many of our international students seek funding support from governmental agencies or academic institutions. Find out more about our international scholarships.

There are many ways to fund your research degree, from scholarships to government loans.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Research funding


The School of Health Sciences offers an extensive research seminar programme open to staff and students. In addition, we run regular doctoral events that are accessible to part-time students or those studying or working off campus.

The University and school also provide a wide range of funding opportunities for research networking activities, conference attendance and internships.

Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy is the network for researchers at the University of Nottingham. As a postgraduate researcher, you will have access to our members’ area, which includes online resources, training courses and award-winning postgraduate placements.

Postgraduate hubs

Our Researcher Academy hubs are dedicated community spaces on campus for postgraduates.

Each space has areas for:

  • studying
  • socialising
  • computer work
  • seminars
  • kitchen facilities

Student support

You will have access to a range of support services, including:

  • academic and disability support
  • childcare services
  • counselling service
  • faith support
  • financial support
  • visa and immigration advice
  • welfare support

Where you will learn

University Park Campus

University Park Campus covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK's most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.

Most schools and departments are based here. You will have access to libraries, shops, cafes, the Students’ Union, sports village and a health centre.

You can walk or cycle around campus. Free hopper buses connect you to our other campuses. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.


Whether you are considering a career in academia, industry or haven't yet decided, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.

96.9% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £29,708.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (such as clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (such as lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

PhD student profile image of Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi
I chose to study at the University of Nottingham because I wanted to be a part of a top 100 university that is internationally recognised university for world research, and its ethos to consistently deliver the best quality of learning and teaching experience. I've received unrelenting support from my supervisors, unlimited learning resources such as the library service, short courses and the opportunity to attend and present my research at 21 conferences within and outside the UK.
Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi, PhD student in Nursing Studies

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Research Excellence Framework

We are ranked 8th in the UK for research power (2014). The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used by UK higher education funding bodies to assess research quality in universities.

  • 86% of our research was ranked as internationally excellent or world leading
  • More than 97% of research at Nottingham is recognised internationally
  • More than 80% of our research is ranked in the highest categories as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 16 of our 29 subject areas feature in the UK top 10 by research power

This content was last updated on 19 November 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.