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Integrated PhD in Health Sciences

University of Surrey
Surrey, England, UK
PhDs in UKPhDs in England30-48mths full-time; 60-96mths part-time

Why Surrey?
With innovation, research and passion at its heart, the School of Health Sciences aims to deliver the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring healthcare professionals. We also work with professionals in fields allied to health care and medicine who wish to pursue doctoral-level study.

Our academics are engaged in leading healthcare research that drives and reflects change in clinical practice and medicine, and embraces evidence-based practice, policy and education.

Programme overview

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.

Read our Health Sciences PhD student case study.

Research areas:

– E-health
– Women’s health
– Diabetes
– Integrated care
– Cancer and supportive care
– Emergency cardiovascular care
– Long-term conditions
– Communication in healthcare
– Nursing and healthcare ethics
– Education for practice

The team also offers a range of core expertise in:

– Randomised controlled trials
– Large qualitative studies
– Complex interventions
– Health care ethics
– Health economics
– Communication in health care
– Population data management
– Health evaluation
– Mixed methods
– Systematic reviews

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.

How to apply
For more information on the course and how to apply please visit the programme website.

General enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 689 730


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