Research course

Health Services Research

University of Liverpool · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 or first class or equivalent first degree in a relevant discipline, such as, medicine, psychology or sociology.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Health Services Research is influential in research and teaching across a wide range of subjects including medical, dental and health sciences, RCTs of complex interventions and mixed methods research, service delivery and organisation in community healthcare including medical and dental services, health inequalities, psychology, sociology, anthropology, bioethics, community development, policy analysis, systematic reviews health and economic modeling, statistics, and dental research from laboratory research through clinical to public health. Many of our academics hold posts within and/or work closely with, a range of NIHR networks and the Research Design Service NW.

Investigating the impact of health services interventions at the community and population levels - including health economics and related statistical modelling.

Institure OverviewThe Institute of Psychology, Health and Society conducts world-leading research into the effectiveness of health services, the social origins of health and social inequalities in healthcare, mental health and well-being, including the evaluation of a wide range of psychosocial interventions and therapies and conduct internationally acclaimed research into many aspects of psychology and human behaviour, including perception, language development, pain, addiction, appetite, and offending behaviour. We work collaboratively; the Institute employs academic GPs, public health professionals, psychologists from a range of professional backgrounds, psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social scientists. Our research groups work with colleagues from hugely diverse backgrounds; from academic colleagues from many Universities across the world, with industrial partners, with the NHS and other healthcare providers, politicians and political administrators, the police and partners across civil society.

We work across the world - from investigating respiratory disease in central America, through promoting the psychological well-being of young mothers in the middle east to studying attitudes towards epilepsy in Asia - and across widely different aspects of human behaviour - from innovative therapies for many different psychological problems, managing substance use and obesity, through helping people return to work after periods of ill-health and innovative food policies through to the policing of terrorist incidents. In all these areas, our work is characterised by a focus on research excellence and by attention to the real world impact of our scholarship. In addition to our large and active programme of postgraduate research, we contribute substantially to undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and many of us provide clinical services through local NHS Trusts.

The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society delivers its research through five Departments, reflecting the dominant themes of our research: the Department of Health Services Research, the Department of Health Inequalities and the Social Determinants of Health, the Department of Mental and Behavioural Sciences, the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Department of Applied Psychology.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MD
    full time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927