Research course

PhD Health (by thesis)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Entry requirements

You will normally have a UK Master’s level qualification (or international equivalent) to enrol in the doctorate programme. Applicants must submit a research proposal, and provided that appropriate supervision is available, candidates will be invited to an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This is the conventional route to a PhD degree. Students need to supply a research theme and synopsis of their proposed research to the University. If we have the academic expertise to supervise the proposed research, the applicant will be interviewed. If this is successful, and the student has appropriate financial support to fund their proposal, the PhD request is accepted and the student allocated a supervisory team. Students who do not have an appropriate Masters level qualification prior to entry, will be advised to enrol on an MPhil then apply to transfer to the PhD later on.

The supervisory team consists of a Director of Studies and either one or two additional supervisors. We aim for a mix of knowledge and skills within the team, to cover both subject area expertise and appropriate research methods.

There are no fixed units of study, but a programme of research methods training will be agreed between the student and the supervisory team. The supervisory team will meet with the student on a regular basis to discuss progress, provide feedback and identify any issues. There is also an independent annual review of progress. This programme of study usually takes either three years (full time) or six years (part time) to complete. The student will submit a thesis approximately 80,000 words in length which they will defend in a viva voce examination.

Fees and funding

Information regarding the fees for this programme can be found on our prospectus

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969