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. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Months of entry
Why take this course?
The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) is committed to delivering research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. A wide range of research interests exist amongst staff within the School and we support a number of postgraduate researchers carrying out PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil, MD and MRes awards.
Our postgraduate researchers have access to seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures.
Research within the field of Health Sciences and Social work may also be closely linked to: Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, Psychology, and Geography.
Research centres:INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR SCIENCE (IBBS)
The Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS) serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences. Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, and apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses.
Research groups:ALLERGIC AND RESPIRATORY DISORDER RESEARCH GROUP
The Allergic and respiratory disorder research group is focused on improving the quality of life for those with allergies. We research into how these conditions develop, improving diagnosis, effectiveness of management strategies, and the impact on quality of life.HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE ENVIRONMENTS
In Health and social care environments, in line with the World Health Organisation, we are interested in improving health from the perspective of the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals.HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE OF THE OLDER PERSON
The Health and social care of the older person research group conducts and supports collaborative research in all areas of older person well being.GLOBAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE UNIT
At the Global health and social care unit we undertake high impact policy relevant research on international health as well as theoretical research underpinning health inequalities and health outcomes.
Research areas include:
- Development and prevention of allergic diseases
- Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances
- Diagnosis and management of food allergies and intolerances
- Quality of life and food allergies
- Consumer behaviour and nutritional intake of sufferers of food allergies and intolerances
If your research interest lies in the area of sensory environments (e.g. the built environment and the materials, components, and multi-faceted systems making up the environment), we can provide you with supervision in fields such as:
- Effects of health and social care environments on health-related outcomes
- Psycho-social effects of health and social care environments
- Methodologies for conducting research in environmental design
- Cross- disciplinary collaborations and networks in environmental design research
Research areas include:
- User-driven, participatory projects to address practice-based problems
- Falls and fall-related injury prevention
- Psycho-social well-being (e.g. quality of life, dignity, and sense of control)
- Collaborations and networks with multiple stakeholders and organisations
The School's researchers are working and supervising students in topics such as:
- Causes and consequences of demographic transition
- Reproductive health; maternal and child health,
- Inequalities in access to health care
Our focus is on developing countries, particularly countries in South Asia, Africa and South America.
Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.
In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
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Course contact details
- Research Team - Faculty of Science
- 023 9284 2994