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Our school is committed to being one of the leading centres of healthcare scholarship in the UK, and aims to achieve national and international excellence in research, education and practice development. We have an outstanding reputation for teaching and research excellence and provide a range of postgraduate courses and degrees in the fields of nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, sport rehabilitation, and allied health professions.

We are ranked 5th in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. In addition to this, 86% of our research was rated to be of international significance.

These results bear out the school's long-term commitment to increasing the number of academics involved in high quality, internationally significant research. A strong and sustainable research culture supports high quality education for health professionals and this result places the school at the leading edge of research and teaching in the UK.

We encourage highly motivated, enthusiastic and talented students to apply for a doctoral course and to join our vibrant community of doctoral scholars from all over the world. Our doctoral programmes are available either on a full-time basis studying over two to four years, or a part-time basis studying over four to eight years. 

Every student accepted on to a doctoral programme is allocated two supervisors with expertise in the student’s area of research. Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors throughout their period of study.

Specific research training is provided through attendance of University-taught, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited, research modules. Further professional skills can be developed through courses at the University's Graduate School.

The school has a number of specialist research groups and experienced research supervisors enabling doctoral students to draw on expertise in particular fields and to gain experience of working in a research team.

Key facts

We are one of the UK’s largest, best-funded and most reputable academic schools for health sciences research.

In fact, 86% of our research was ranked as internationally excellent or world leading by the Research Excellence Framework, with Times Higher Education ranking us joint 6th in the UK for research impact. In addition, Research Fortnight ranked the University as 5th in the UK for research power in allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy.

Real-world impact

What particularly distinguishes our work is the breadth, depth and impact of our research. Our academics are leading projects that influence national and international guidelines, improve the way professionals deliver care and transform the lives of thousands of patients at every stage of life.  

We are supported by a variety of different funding streams, including:

  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  • MacMillan Cancer Support


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