Medical Education MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: HPMR/HPPR/HPMD


About us

Centre for Medical Excellence

Since the early 1990s, Liverpool Medical School has been synonymous with innovation in medical education. As one o f the first Schools in the UK to introduced a problem based learning curriculum, we have been evaluation the impact of the introduction of PBL ever since. Liverpool was also one of the first Schools to introduce professionalism into the curriculum and in 2005 the School was awarded one of HEFCE’s Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETL) in developing professionalism. This work has continues with the Centre now part of the Faculties main structure  as the Centre for Excellence in Evidence Based Learning and Teaching. This Centre combines work on evaluating the impact of the PBL curriculum with on-going work on professionalism. Current research areas include development and assessment of leadership in undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, investigating factors that affect excellent communication skill in medical students and junior doctors and the role of emotional intelligence in professionalism. 

Institute of Psychology, Health and Society

The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society conducts world-leading research into the effectiveness of health services, the social origins of health and social inequalities in healthcare, mental health and well-being, including the evaluation of a wide range of psychosocial interventions and therapies and conduct internationally acclaimed research into many aspects of psychology and human behaviour, including perception, language development, pain, addiction, appetite, and offending behaviour. We work collaboratively; the Institute employs academic GPs, public health professionals, psychologists from a range of professional backgrounds, psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social scientists. Our research groups work with colleagues from hugely diverse backgrounds; from academic colleagues from many Universities across the world, with industrial partners, with the NHS and other healthcare providers, politicians and political administrators, the police and partners across civil society.

We work across the world - from investigating respiratory disease in central America, through promoting the psychological well-being of young mothers in the middle east to studying attitudes towards epilepsy in Asia - and across widely different aspects of human behaviour - from innovative therapies for many different psychological problems, managing substance use and obesity, through helping people return to work after periods of ill-health and innovative food policies through to the policing of terrorist incidents. In all these areas, our work is characterised by a focus on research excellence and by attention to the real world impact of our scholarship. In addition to our large and active programme of postgraduate research, we contribute substantially to undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and many of us provide clinical services through local NHS Trusts.

Professor Margaret Whitehead

Studying for a postgraduate degree in the internationally renowned Department of Public Health and Policy will provide students with an opportunity to study many areas within the field of Public Health and in particular the social determinants of health, health inequalities and how they can be addressed. Staff in the Department are at the forefront of research so students will benefit from studying in a dynamic, research rich environment.