Medical Education PhD / MPhil / MD

The School of Medicine offers a range of research areas spanning medical education. Our current portfolio includes topics covering the development of professional identity and professionalism lapses and the development of empathy during undergraduate medicine studies. In line with current changes in the NHS and workforce, transitioning into clinical posts and their impact upon wellbeing, is also a research area.

Why study with us?

  • 34

    Associate Clinical Teachers for trainee doctors in Merseyside recruited in the 2017/18 Academic Year

  • 1000

    postgraduate students in the Faculty.

  • One

    of the largest medical schools in the country.

Overview

Situated within one of the UK’s larger Schools of Medicine, undertaking a PhD in Medical Education at Liverpool gives PhD candidates based here a unique opportunity to work alongside an engaged and committed cohort of Medical Students all of whom are encouraged to take an interest in the development of medical education, for the improvement of systems and processes for future generations of students. 

The University of Liverpool’s School of Medicine is one of the largest medical education providers in the UK. We train and develop doctors throughout their careers, enabling them to use the latest advances to provide exceptional care to their patients.

We deliver teaching and training for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as continuous professional development for medical practitioners.  Joining our department involves you in this vibrant medical education community.

We work collaboratively; across professions, institutions and departments.  Completing your studies with us means an opportunity to work with world-leading educators and clinical staff across a full range of disciplines.  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.

We have expertise in a range of methodological approaches, and are happy to hear from potential PhD candidates who are interested in undertaking either quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method approaches to their work. Our current PhD students are using a range of unique techniques, including longitudinal impact studies and narrative interviewing and analysis.

PhD students undertaking their research here often have the opportunity to see the they develop as part of their research implemented immediately into the curriculum, as part of research-led practice.

Research themes

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

  • Professionalism
  • Curriculum Development
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Professional Identity Development
  • Simulation-based training
  • Wellbeing and resilience
  • Interprofessional / inter-disciplinary working
  • Leadership and Management.

Facilities

Research undertaken within Medical Education is usually desk-based, but you may be interested in working with one of our NHS sites.  Please visit our undergraduate website pages for details of each of the different sites aligned to Liverpool.  We are also willing to consider co-facilitation with other, relevant departments (psychology, sociology, history etc) so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would be interested in such arrangements.


Study options and fees


MPhil / PhD / MD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

You'll need a 2:1 or first class or equivalent first degree in a relevant discipline, such as medicine,  psychology or sociology. This breadth reflects our commitment to multidisciplinary approaches when investigating complex research questions.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

Additional requirements

Your research can be in any area that matches our research interests and expertise, outlined above. CRB and other checks may be necessary for some project types and every proposal will need to receive ethical approval.

You'll also need coherent writing skills, along with the stamina, self-motivation and organisation to complete a demanding research project.


How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

More about applying for research degrees

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Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal


Find a supervisor

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Dr Viktoria Joynes - viktoria.joynes@liverpool.ac.uk

 

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