Research course

Speech and Language Therapy

University of Essex · School of Health and Social Care
PhDMSc by research

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Entry requirements

Whether you are a Home/EU or Overseas applicant, the entry requirements are the same:

  • Current registration with a UK regulatory body where appropriate
  • Current employment in management, practice or education as appropriate
  • A Masters qualification (or equivalent)
  • Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation

Months of entry


Course content

Within our multidisciplinary School of Health and Social Care, we offer research supervision in the following fields:

  • analysis of large scale surveys
  • approaches to pain management
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • children with special educational needs
  • clinical decision making
  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • consumerism and consumption in health care
  • cross-cultural mental health
  • educational psychology
  • evaluation of psychological treatments
  • health-related social movements
  • health-related stigma
  • health services research
  • housing and health
  • how life events and conditions influence health
  • interpretative policy analysis of health care
  • mental health services
  • the third sector and health care provision
  • nursing theory and practice
  • physiotherapy education and practice
  • political economy of health care
  • post-trauma responses/stress disorder/growth
  • professional/clinical education and practice
  • public health management
  • public health practice and policy
  • qualitative methods
  • quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
  • service evaluation and development
  • social aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • social epidemiology and health inequalities
  • social inequality and health
  • social issues around health and the intersection of theories of delinquency and health
  • social organisation of health care
  • sociology of happiness and wellbeing
  • sociology of health and illness
  • sociology of mental health
  • sociology of risk
  • understanding and application of research in health settings

We also offer an MSc by dissertation and an MPhil in this subject.

This is not an exhaustive list of staff research interests and more can be found on our School website. However, if you are looking to carry out research in a different area to those listed, please contact us to discuss this further. We encourage the consideration of brief research proposals prior to the submission of your full application.

We also offer interdisciplinary programmes which form part of our University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre’s pathways in Research Methods in Health and in Health and Organisational Research. This follows the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) introducing a new Postgraduate Training Framework, which changed the way it provides support for postgraduate training. Our Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) offers 16 fully-funded ESRC studentships across 21 doctoral pathways.

Please note that a doctoral pathway is the term used to describe the routes to postgraduate study, whether this is a one-year Masters followed by three years of doctoral research (1+3) or three years of doctoral research (+3) for those who have already completed a relevant Masters degree (from another ESRC-accredited DTC or one with a substantial methodological element). Essex has 21 doctoral pathways that are arranged into nine themed clusters and two of these are in the area of health. This includes Health and Organisational Research (offered in collaboration with Essex Business School) and in Research Methods in Health (offered in collaboration with our Institute for Social and Economic Research).

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see our website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873 375