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PhD in Health Sciences

University of Surrey
Surrey, England, UK
PhDs in UKPhDs in England4 years full-time; 8 years 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

As a PhD student at Surrey, you’ll receive individual tuition in your specialist field, as well as tailored research training.

Close links with practice are encouraged, and many research projects include collaborative work. There are regular research seminars and student-led discussions on methodology and other research issues. We actively encourage collaborations between medical researchers from other disciplines, clinicians and NHS colleagues.

At the heart of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by refining your research proposal, engaging with the literature and planning the structure of your work, based on an agreed timetable. Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and the process of getting published.

Examples of positions achieved by our students after studying for their postgraduate qualification at Surrey include:

– Clinical research nurse
– Consultant nurse
– Consultant endocrinologist
– General medical practitioner
– Clinical quality auditor

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 and social care 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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