Research course

Health Care Studies

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for MPhil or MPhil with the intention of transferring to a PhD (the route which most of our doctoral candidates take) is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent. Applications also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed. The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a master's degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

We have particular expertise in the areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional educaton and collaborative practice.

Work in these areas includes systematic reviews, qualitative studies, quantitative surveys, clinical trials and service evaluations. Much of our research is multidisciplinary and conducted in collaboration with health care professionals in the NHS and academics from other disciplines.

Within the university, we work closely with health researchers in History, Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Technology, under the umbrella of the MultiDisciplinary Health Research Network. Collaborations have been established with health professionals in many NHS Trusts.

Department specialisms

Children & family wellbeing, including safeguarding children, child protection, health visiting practice and professional assessment; Physical rehabilitation and enablement; Substance Misuse, including drug and alchohol research; Interprofessional education and collaborative practice; Supportive cancer care.

Information for international students

ILETS band 6.5

Fees and funding

Health charities, individual NHS trusts or regional offices, university.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-60 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 482904