Rehabilitation and Health Care Research PhD

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PhD Rehabilitation and Health Care Research
3 years full-time
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6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Research overview

Rehabilitation aims to lessen the impact of disease and disability on everyday life and to assist people in reaching their fullest potential. It is required for conditions which deteriorate just as much as for those which improve. 

The focus of this multidisciplinary group is on the rehabilitation process among adults with any kind of impairment and those in later life. Our research aims to provide the evidence upon which health and social care interventions can be based, to reduce the impact of injury and disease on the lives of people with physical and learning disabilities and their families. 

Current research interests include: 

  • health of older people
  • community rehabilitation
  • long-term conditions
  • stroke rehabilitation

We welcome applications for a PhD in a variety of research areas. 

In terms of duration, this course is available:

Full-time: 2 years minimum, 3 years standard, 4 years maximum.

Part-time: 4 years minimum, 6 years standard, 8 years maximum.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research.



Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre

Based in the Medical School, this centre is a dedicated space exclusively for postgraduate students and postdocs to relax, and a venue where you can find out as much or as little as you like about your career options. Newspapers, tea and coffee and comfy chairs are on offer. 

There is an events calendar, social events to create an early researcher community within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and careers based seminars so you can find out what's out there and how to go about achieving your goals. 

The MHSGC produces an approximately monthly newsletter, with information about activities at the Centre.


Research support

The Faculty Postgraduate Training Programme

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences provides the opportunity for all full and part-time research students to undertake some element of formal training.

The training offered is congruent with Research Council guidelines and is a requirement of The University of Nottingham Postgraduate Studies Committee. This training encourages the development of interpersonal skills (eg, the ability to communicate research ideas effectively), personal skills (eg, the ability to manage your time effectively), in addition to more specific skills that relate to research methods.

The Graduate School Training Programme

The Graduate School provides a focus for postgraduate education. The Graduate School runs a large series of generic and specific courses aimed at postgraduate students at all stages of their research degree programme. Certain Graduate School courses form part of the Faculty Postgraduate training programme.

School-based training

Research students, after discussion with their supervisors, and with their written approval, may apply to attend postgraduate taught modules relevant to their research which are offered by any of the school's postgraduate courses. 

Other sources of support 

A number of other University support services also exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Student's Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.


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.


Home/EU students

There is a range of funding opportunities available annually for research students. It is important to find the right scheme because not all students are eligible to apply for every funding competition. 

Scholarship opportunities are available for students from the UK. These schemes are funded by central government and administered via the Research Councils and the Department of Health. 

From time to time, the School of Medicine advertises PhD scholarship opportunities. Details of these are advertised on the University's Human Resources 'Studentships' pages. 

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding 

The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of fundingStudentship opportunities are also available. 

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

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 your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. 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 2013-2016, 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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