Research course

Communicable Diseases

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

You will need a good first degree (First Class or 2.1), or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, plus MA/MSc qualifications, or relevant postgraduate or research experience. Candidates with other qualifications are required to discuss their eligibility with a member of staff.


Months of entry


Course content

The School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences at the University of West London welcomes applications from students who wish to study for a PhD/MPhil research degree in subject areas such as: Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Health and Social Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Physiology, Complementary Medicine, Communicable Diseases, Community Health, and other health and human science related subjects.

Richard Wells Research Centre
The Centre has established a national reputation for quality research within the field of communicable diseases. Specific research interests include evidence-based approaches to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAI), influencing individual and organisational behaviour to promote health protection and patient safety, using novel forms of disease surveillance to enhance infection prevention and control practice, and the care and management of persons with infectious diseases, especially HIV disease and tuberculosis.

Centre researchers have specialist skills and experience in conducting large-scale systematic reviews and incorporating best evidence into Department of Health (DH) national infection prevention and control guidelines and associated National Health Service blended e-learning educational initiatives.

The Centre is continuously engaged in long-term government funded infection prevention and control research projects and is home to the DH National HCAI Research Network which manages DH funded research in this specialism.

The Centre Director is Professor Robert Pratt, an internationally recognised authority on the nursing care of persons with HIV disease and evidence-based infection prevention and control. Dr Carol Pellowe, Deputy Director, and an experienced and cohesive team of senior researchers, research fellows and research assistants, manage the Centre's research programme and provide supervision for research students.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
36-72 months
full time
36-60 months

Course contact details

Course information
+44 (0)800 036 8888