Research course

Health Sciences PhD

University of Southampton · Health Sciences
PhD with integrated study

Entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree in a health related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Join the University of Southampton, a global top 100* research-intensive university.

Combine your career in practice with research, becoming a clinical academic, and carry out in depth healthcare investigations on our PhD programmes.

Choose whether to become a clinical academic researcher or pursue a pure research route, working in a world-class academic centre with a nursing provision ranked top 6 in the world.**

At Southampton, we explore a wide range of research themes including:

- Active living

- Health needs

- Fundamental care

- Health work

During your studies you'll have the opportunity to participate in doctoral level research training, attend research forums, and complete a professional development programme for postgraduates.

In the latest national Research Excellence Framework assessment of all UK universities, the School of Health Sciences was judged to have a world-leading research environment (100%, maximum possible score, and in the top three UK Universities within our disciplines for the overall quality of our research.

Our Health sciences PhD is available to study in person or remotely. For our in person route, you’ll be based at Highfield campus or at our clinical academic facility at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

*QS World University Rankings 2023.

**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

Information for international students

English language requirements: If English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS minimum level of 6.5 with a 6.0 in writing, reading, speaking and listening. Your awarded certificate needs to be dated within the last 2 years.
If you need further English language tuition before starting your degree, you can apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses.
Requirements for advertised projects. Check the specific entry requirements listed on the project you’re interested in before you apply.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has introduced a pre-doctoral personal award scheme. If you wish to apply for this, you can visit the NIHR website for more information.

You can either apply for a structured studentship or propose your own PhD idea.
We offer scholarships and teaching bursaries ourselves. Your potential supervisor can guide you on what is available. If you’re an international student you may be able to apply for a scholarship from your country.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD with integrated study
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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