Postgraduate research

Undertaking a postgraduate research degree in healthcare will enable you to make a valuable contribution to knowledge and practice within your professional field.

By pursuing research based around your own interests at one of the leading healthcare research departments in the UK you lay the foundations for a career in which you can make a real difference to healthcare in the wider world.

Our postgraduate research students are at the hub of our research community. As well as access to scholars working on world-leading research, we provide a comprehensive programme of support. We offer the opportunity to study in a research environments ranked best in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

What can I study?

Our PhD in Healthcare Sciences is structured to give you the opportunity to undertake original and independent research in the healthcare sciences. We base our research around four research themes. Applicants will need to focus their proposed research around these themes.

Postgraduate research hub in Eastgate House
Students in the research hub

Our Professional Doctorate in Advanced Healthcare Practice is designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in today’s health service. The programme offers a higher level of educational engagement within professional and organisational contexts as well as offering students an opportunity to enhance their existing responsibilities in service delivery.

PGR students in coffee lounge
PGR students in coffee lounge

Each doctoral student pursues a programme of courses, workshops, and conferences.

We currently provide:

  • a student led annual postgraduate research symposium
  • dedicated postgraduate research office space
  • an active Student/Staff Panel
  • fieldwork and conference travel financial support scheme.

Research training is also provided by the University Graduate College and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

Students may take advantage of regular opportunities to help organise conferences and other events, write blog posts on the School's PhDays blog, and present papers at local and national conferences and symposia.