Research course

Health Sciences

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or health sciences may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language. Please contact the Faculty Graduate School to discuss your experience and qualifications.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

The Health Sciences Integrated PhD is an important step in developing clinical academic research careers for nurses and allied health professionals, social care professionals and graduates from other disciplines. It will provide education and training for those wishing to utilise both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, focusing on mixed methodology as an underpinning philosophy.

The programme has been designed to allow students from different areas of practice to learn together. It will include core and compulsory modules developed to enhance skills in research, and will help students contextualise their learning through their membership of a community of practice and research.

Students will access two research modules from the Department of Sociology, and benefit from the opportunity to mix with other disciplines and gain a wider perspective of health sciences research.

The programme is suitable for health professionals, allied health professionals and anyone with a background in health research (including sociologists, psychologists and anthropologists). It would suit those who wish to enhance their skills in applied health research and develop innovative skills in health care practice, education and leadership.

Participants will carry out original research contributing to new knowledge and will be actively encouraged to present and publish their research before they graduate.

All Integrated PhD students receive supervision from at least two supervisors in their specialist field. With taught components comprising various research modules, students will be able to hone their research skills and knowledge.

Close links with practice are encouraged, and many research projects include collaborative work. There are regular research seminars and doctoral student-led discussions on methodology and other research issues.

The opportunities for students with postgraduate qualifications from Surrey are very wide, and not limited to the area in which you have studied.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 7.0

IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty studentships and scholarships page as and when they become available.

Qualification and course duration

Integrated PhD

full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 682 222