Research course

Health and Wellbeing Specialisms

University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

To be considered for direct registration for the PhD you should have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject. You are also encouraged to apply if you have alternative qualifications that demonstrate you have the appropriate knowledge and skills. If you have an honours degree only you will initially register as an MPhil student. After the first period of study and subject to satisfactory review, you can, upgrade to PhD level. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, i.e. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in areas of study related to health and wellbeing. The centre draws together expertise from across the University within an inter-disciplinary framework, and provides a vibrant and fertile environment for postgraduate research studies. We undertake research, evaluation and needs assessment into service user involvement, participation and innovation, 'hard to reach groups' and service improvement, drawing from areas such as sociology, social policy, leisure studies, nursing, physiotherapy, public health and many more.

We offer a number of research routes for those wishing to increase their research experience and develop their academic and professional profile. These include traditional postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD, as well as new routes to PhDs such as our PhD by Practice and PhD by Published Work (prospective and retrospective). We are also in the process of developing a Professional Doctorate in Health Research.

The Centre for Research in Health and Wellbeing undertakes high quality research that relates to professional agendas and social issues connected to the health and wellbeing of groups and individuals. Our research is based upon collaborative partnerships and community involvement and is truly interdisciplinary, encompassing areas such as public health, nursing, physiotherapy, leisure studies, social policy and sociology to name a few.

The centre's research into health and wellbeing disciplines has been judged to be among the best in the world according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. 75% of the research activity in social policy at the University of Bolton (which includes health, physical activity and social history) was judged to be of international standard or better with a proportion of research activity in this field judged to be world-leading, in terms of quality, significance and rigour.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
24 - 42 months


part time
60 - 72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903
+44 (0)1204 903809