Research course

Welfare, Health and Wellbeing

Institution
Brunel University, London · Health and Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.

Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Research profile
Researchers in the Welfare, Health and Wellbeing theme believe that good research can contribute to social justice by revealing the causes of inequalities, informing effective responses to them, and giving voice to those who often go unheard. That is why we work in the UK and internationally to improve knowledge of the social processes that contribute to people’s welfare, health and wellbeing. We especially aim to increase understanding of the situations of vulnerable and at-risk populations, including those who are disadvantaged by deprivation, affl icted by illness and disability, or otherwise marginalised. We address these challenges through robust, ethical research and by developing innovative methodologies to advance how research, knowledge production and evaluation are conducted. We have strong connections with policy making and practice, and a commitment to social impact and public engagement.
Much of the theme’s research is focused on children, youth and young adults, who are prominent in our work on social justice, health behaviour and sport. This includes work in the UK addressing health behaviours in community and educational settings; work in Europe addressing a wide range of health and relationship issues for adolescents; and multiple studies with young people in low-income countries.
We welcome all multidisciplinary topics in the area of Welfare, Health and Wellbeing.
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Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
College of Health and Life Sciences
Email
chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1895 268161