Health Sciences research opportunities

Health sciences research courses 

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 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 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 enabling doctoral students to draw on expertise in particular fields and to gain experience of working in a research team. The groups are:

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Key facts
  • Research carried out has a direct impact on healthcare policy and practice
  • All research students have access to outstanding facilities 
  • The School was rated as excellent in the last independent assessment of our teaching
  • Rated 5th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2016 and 23rd for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Three Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows awarded to staff in the School
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff


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