Research course

Health and Wellbeing PhD

University of Bath · Department for Health

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2:1 degree in a social science subject, or
  • an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

Underlying these conditions is a belief that students must bring a minimum combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the programme. Marginal cases are often dealt with at interview, and it is not uncommon for relatively inexperienced students to be asked to defer entry.

Students may apply to the department’s MRes Health & Wellbeing prior to commencing a research degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore lifestyle behaviours, such as nutrition, physical activity and substance use, and their impact on public health and risks for chronic diseases.

This course is well-suited to those interested in exploring how theory, knowledge, concepts, methodology, and skills from various distinct disciplines can be integrated in a coordinated manner to coherently address important issues, problems and challenges to lifestyle behaviours and public health.

Research content

This pathway is supported by a unique integration of research groups that engage in the latest critical thinking on disease risk determinants. The groups' work spans:

  • disease risk determinants' impact lifespan (personal, socio-cultural, environmental, psychobiological)
  • behaviour change of individuals and societies
  • health inequalities
  • broader social, political and economic contexts in which research on health and wellbeing is carried out and applied in national and international policy-making processes
  • strategies to enhance collaboration between academia, industry, and third sector organisations to successfully improve public health indicators

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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