Healthcare Sciences

The School of Healthcare Sciences' research programme is structured to give you the opportunity to undertake original and independent research in the healthcare sciences.

Our research programme is structured to give you the opportunity to undertake original and independent research in the healthcare sciences.

Applications are invited from those interested in undertaking research that fits with the School’s available Research Themes.

Each of the four themes below has a range of research areas and you should aim to tailor your research proposal to one of these areas:

  • Enhancing palliative, emotional and supportive care
  • Workforce, innovation and improvement
  • Maternal, child and family health and wellbeing
  • Optimising health through activity and lifestyles.

We offer the following research specialisations:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Radiography
  • Radiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Midwifery.

Programme aims

To undertake independent and original research in the healthcare sciences that will help inform, improve and influence healthcare across the globe.

Distinctive features

  • Dedicated office space provided for postgraduate research students.
  • Each doctoral student is encouraged to pursue a programme of courses, workshops and conferences. The School itself provides a programme of monthly research methods master classes, an annual postgraduate research symposium and two sessions per year update students on ethics review procedures.
  • Students are also encouraged to take an active role in our themes to include delivering presentations on behalf of the theme at the school seminar series and contributing to individual theme meetings.
  • Research training is also provided by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration PhD 5 years, MPhil 2 years
Start dates October

Specialisations

  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Radiography
  • Radiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Midwifery.

Our research programme is structured to give you the opportunity to undertake original and independent research in the healthcare sciences.

Each doctoral student is encouraged to pursue a programme of courses, workshops and conferences. We provide a programme of monthly research methods master classes, an annual postgraduate research symposium and two sessions per year update students on ethics review procedures.

Our research is structured across the following themes:

  • Enhancing palliative, emotional and supportive care
  • Workforce, innovation and improvement
  • Maternal, child and family health and wellbeing
  • Optimising health through activity and lifestyles.

Enhancing palliative, emotional and supportive care

This theme looks at the health and wellbeing of people affected by chronic and life limiting conditions.

  • Supportive care in dementia.
  • Nursing and allied healthcare professional education in supportive and palliative care.
  • Developing and testing innovations in patient care for older people with chronic conditions and co-morbidities to improve care safety, quality and compassion.
  • Investigating the psychosocial aspects of cachexia (wasting syndrome) in cancer and non-cancer patients.
  • Improving the nutritional care of cancer patients and their families.

Workforce, innovation and improvement

This theme seeks to provide evidence about both current and new ways of working to meet complex health care demands.

  • The use of in-depth qualitative methods to examine mental health systems. Specifically, projects investigating aspects of policy; service organisation and delivery; work, roles and values and user and carer experiences.
  • Exploring the delivery of health and social care via more staff involved models.
  • The cost effectiveness of re-ablement team models.
  • Qualitative methods to map and evaluate approaches taken by healthcare organisations to encourage employees to raise concerns about the quality and safety of patients.
  • Ethnographic studies of workforce and educational initiatives in improving infection prevention.
  • Exploring how the demands and complexity of ‘invisible’ and indirect nursing work vary across different clinical contexts and the implications this has for models of nursing practice. This will help develop an instrument to enable the measurement of this work for workforce planning purposes.
  • The impact of new roles (specifically prescribing) on service delivery.
  • Leading Challenges: nursing’s contribution to innovation and improvement of cancer services.

Maternal, child and family health and wellbeing

This theme is focused on the improvement of communication, support and quality of care for parents and their children.

  • Evaluating an  Intervention to minimise the psychological impact on parents whose children are  diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
  • How do midwives  experience professional resilience across the career trajectories and what  contextual, professional and personal factors influence their experiences.
  • Defining shoulder  dystocia and exploring normal head – body delivery interval duration in  midwifery care settings.
  • Women’s experience  of auscultation of foetal heart sounds during the antenatal period.

Optimising health through activity and lifestyles

This theme looks at the delivery of healthcare for those experiencing a range of acute and chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries.

  • human motion analysis
  • function, physical activity, and health
  • home, hospital, and community.

You should aim to tailor your research proposal to one of our research areas.

Applicants should normally hold a 2:1 degree or the equivalent in a field relevant to the particular project.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

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