Research course

Health and Care Professions

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Health and Care Professions
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) delivers research at the highest ethical standard to improve knowledge for services and the health of the community. 93% of our research in the area of public health, health services and primary care was rated as internationally excellent or internationally recognised by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Your research could deal with the most urgent health and wellbeing issues facing society – from the need to care for an ageing population, to delivering effective health and social care to under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups within society. Your research can also be linked to Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, Psychology, and Geography.

As a postgraduate research student, you'll access seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures.The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) delivers research at the highest ethical standard to improve knowledge for services and the health of the community. 93% of our research in the area of public health, health services and primary care was rated as internationally excellent or internationally recognised by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Your research could deal with the most urgent health and wellbeing issues facing society – from the need to care for an ageing population, to delivering effective health and social care to under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups within society. Your research can also be linked to Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, Psychology, and Geography.

As a postgraduate research student, you'll access seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures.

Current Research

Our areas of expertise include:

Acute and Emergency Care:

We're exploring how new technology-including the use of robots in surgery-can impove patient care in acute (hospital based) and emergency contexts. Among our wide-ranging research, we're studying the use of the Da Vinci robot in minimally-invasive colorectal surgery in the morbidly obese, and the use of robots to remove bowel cancers.

We're also exploring innovative methods of treating Crohn’s disease, investigating the use of Bioglue to improve outcomes in patients having oesophagectomy, and assessing the effectiveness of Adaptive Cooperative Brachytherapy – a technological innovation in the treatment of prostate cancer.

Our research into the importance of workforce development is looking into how the use of healthcare data can improve the identification and onward communication of older people with cognitive impairment and dementia, across health and social care services.

We're also studying how different inter-professional approaches – and the application of simulation in learning and practice – can benefit allied health and related professions.

The work we're doing is already making an impact, and leading to better outcomes for people screened for bowel diseases, better management of people with long-term respiratory conditions, better communication and management for older people with complex co-morbidities (e.g. frailty and dementia), and innovation in surgical procedures.

Health, Well-being and Social Care:

The world's population is ageing and increased numbers of people are living with long-term health problems. Mental health issues are also becoming ever more widespread, and the treatments and interventions needed are frequently complex. But with limited resources available for support and treatment, difficult decisions about health and social care need to be taken- and our research in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care is helping to inform how they're made.

Our research focuses on using evidence from a range of sources to inform decision-making about health and social care interventions, with a particular emphasis on people with complex health and care needs, such as those living with multiple morbidities, long-term conditions, and frailty.

We're investigating the effectiveness and safety of existing treatments, and putting our knowledge and expertise to work finding new ways to treat patients.

Our work is already being used to inform policy. For example, our review of the effects of 'social prescribing' – a process which allows local agencies to refer people to a link worker who is able to take a holistic approach to somebody’s health and wellbeing – has been referred to by NHS England in the recent loneliness strategy. Our investigation into different types of flooring is helping prevent injurious falls, and will inform estates and facilities management decisions within the NHS and care homes.

Within the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care research area, our academics bring a combined expertise in evidence synthesis and mixed methods evaluation, with specialist knowledge of research design, ethics, statistical analysis, and patient and public involvement.

Our research also includes developing methods for synthesising and reporting different types of research – for example, in our application of systematic review methods to laboratory-based cancer research.

Patient and User Experience:

To provide effective health and social care, we need to understand the needs of every sector of the population.

Our patient and user experience research looks at people’s experiences and perceptions of health, wellbeing and life in general – and by studying the experiences, challenges and needs of under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups in society, aims to make a positive impact on patients' and users' lives.

Through our in-depth, creative and participatory research work, we're developing a better understanding of how patients, service users and family members experience healthcare services and illness.

Recent projects have seen us explore how the experiences of older people with asthma differ from those of younger people, and how young people excluded from education are reintegrated into the system.

Our work is published in Social Science journals, health journals and academic monographs, such as Social Work Education, Social Science & Medicine, and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for me?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Phone
023 9284 2994