Occupational Health - Psychology and Management (PhD)

Occupational Health - Psychology and Management (PhD) Qualification name
This PhD is designed for people with an interest in occupational health and employee wellbeing.

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PhD Occupational Health - Psychology and Management 
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent) in a relevant subject and a masters at pass level. All applications will be considered individually on their own merits. Applications from candidates who do not hold a 2:1 (or equivalent) first degree will be considered at the discretion of the postgraduate research academic team.
7.0 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, July
Jubilee Campus
Other requirements



This PhD is designed for people with an interest in occupational health and employee wellbeing. You may be a newly graduated student who plans a career in this area. Or you may be employed in a relevant field such as occupational health, safety management, human resource management or healthcare. You may be an employer, trades union official or policy-maker. Supervision is offered on a range of topics, driven by psychological theory and having the potential to generate improvements to the health and wellbeing of workers.

We welcome applications for a PhD in a variety of research areas. For more detailed information about the research opportunities we offer, please see relevant topics under the link ‘Find a supervisor’ and also relevant research groups and centres under the ‘Research’ link on the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology homepage.

Study structure

Study can be full or part-time: provided in person or via Skype/phone/email where that is not possible. We offer each student a supervisory team comprised of the lead supervisor supported by one secondary supervisor.

Students may start a PhD at four points in the academic year: 1st October, 1st December, 1st February, 1st April or 1st July.


Flexible registration

Normally, it takes three to four years to complete a PhD full-time and four to five years to complete part-time. If the degree is taken part-time, appropriate supervisory arrangements will be agreed, and a programme of work established with blended learning support. There are advantages of registering part-time which include the ability to continue earning and better manage costs and the opportunity to work and research in your own country or organization. Those wishing to join the programme at a distance, can do so providing they have access to satisfactory Skype, telephone and email systems.


Entry requirements

The programme welcomes proposals from candidates with strong CVs, particularly those with a first class undergraduate degree and/or an MSc with distinction.

For those for whom English is a second language, clear evidence of proficiency in English is required either by achieving an overall IELTS score of no less than 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element, and a minimum of 7 in writing) or a TOEFL score within the 110-114 band.





IT facilities

All full-time Mphil/PhD students have access to their personal work station. They are providing with facilities for printing and photocopying. Part-time students also have access to ‘hot desk’ facilities.

The University provides students with access to general IT facilities through a number of computer rooms spread across its campuses. These rooms are conveniently located in all University libraries and in various other locations across the University. 

The majority of computer rooms are open to all members of the University and contain PC workstations and printing facilities. In some of the larger rooms, more specialised equipment is provided, such as text and image scanners, colour printing and high powered Unix workstations.

Most computer rooms are open 24-hours a day, though access out of core times will require a valid smart card to gain entry through the door access system. For security and safety purposes, these areas are monitored by closed circuit television.

Once registered, students of the University can connect their own PCs to the University's data network from their study bedrooms. They can also access IT services and facilities when working away from the University. 

Online support

Students on this PhD programme are supported in their studies by a set of bespoke learning materials developed by the course academics. These materials cover all aspects of conducting a PhD and are provided in the form of dynamic interactive video presentations.

See example of one such presentation on the notion of correlations in organisational research.


Research support

Training is very much at the discretion of the student and their supervisor, but a number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond:

  • The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.
  • The Graduate School offers a wide range of courses specifically for postgraduate research students, and Professional Development provides postgraduates with teacher training.
  • The Methods and Data Institute also provides both specific training courses in methods and also drop-in advice sessions for postgraduates.
  • Training is also available within the division.  This takes the form of regular research seminars, methods workshops, and the opportunity to attend appropriate lectures and modules run by the division.



Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.

Topics and supervisors

The programme encourages original applications on novel topics that have important implications for occupational health and wellbeing and safety, and on related matters such as leadership, management and performance.


  • Dr Jonathan Houdmont
  • Dr Fiona Gavin
  • Professor Stavroula Leka
  • Dr Angeli Santos
  • Dr Louise Thompson


Before applying

Before submitting a formal on-line application, please email your first choice of supervisor with an outline of your proposed study in order to ensure that it fits their current research focus.

Use this research proposal form  to do so, ensuring that in the methodology section you submit at least two pages, covering the relevant theoretical background, identifying the research gaps in recent scientific literature, and providing details of your proposed methodology and analysis. State in which country and in which organisations you propose to gather your data. Please ensure beforehand that you possess the required level of qualification (check entry requirements below). We are not able to process submissions without this level of detail.


Fees and funding

We appreciate that many potential PhD students may not have sufficient funds to see their way through a PhD. However, a variety of sources of funding exist for which both UK/EU and International students may be eligible to apply. Supervisors provide assistance and guidance in helping students to complete applications for competitive scholarships.

The University of Nottingham offers advice on funding opportunities that are available to UK/EU and international students, to support fee payment and living costs while you study. 

Find out more

See also the following for some of the postgraduate funding opportunities available for UK, EU and international students.



Government loans for doctoral study

Doctoral student loans of up to £25,700 are available for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or Wales.

Funded routes to PhD

Apply for a studentship

A studentship is a fully funded research place in a specific area. The process is similar to applying for a job and the advert will give specific details of how to do this.

Explore doctoral training programmes

If you choose a doctoral training programme, you will benefit from high-level research and skills training, with places often funded by research councils or charitable trusts. Each opportunity has a different application process and deadlines.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

We also provide information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013–2019, High Fliers Research



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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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