The Department of Health Services Research have a large number of postgraduate research students using a mixture of methods applied to a wide range of applied health service research contexts. We work in a stimulating multi-disciplinary environment using a range of research methods.
Why study with us?
I thoroughly enjoyed my PhD experience, I would do it again tomorrow. That is not to stay I didn’t have both highs and lows. The lows were minimised by feeling well supported throughout by my supervisors, fellow students at various stages themselves and the department.Dr Lauren Hepworth - Primary Care PhD Alumna
of our research is world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021)
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researchers across the institute's 3 departments.
Our work is theoretically robust and problem and policy focused, with a research agenda that's socially relevant and postgraduate teaching that's truly research-led.
The multi-disciplinary research environment with strong NHS and NIHR partnerships means we are an inspiring environment for postgraduate students.
We have expertise and ongoing research using both quantitative and qualitative methods, systematic reviews and clinical trials in a variety of community, primary and secondary care contexts. Examples of our current work include the management of musculoskeletal problems in primary and intermediate care, the use of urgent dental care services, orthoptic and vision services and palliative care.
Our research partners
We have a number of key partnerships that provide excellent research and educational opportunities for our postgraduates. These partners include NIHR CLAHRC NWC, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and other research groups in IPHS and the wider Faculty and University.
Clinical academic links such as these mean we're well placed to support and host PhD studentships provided by UKCRN partners, such as the MRC, ESRC, DH and EPSRC.
Our researchers collaborate with academic colleagues in Public Health, Psychological Sciences and other departments across the university which provides a rich inter-disciplinary environment for our students. There are particular overlaps with the Psychology of Healthcare group.
Study options and fees
|MPhil / PhD / MD||Duration||UK students||International Students|
|Full time||2-4 years||£4,712||
|Part time||4-6 years||£2,356||
The fees stated in the table above exclude potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.
* Please note that if you are undertaking a PhD within the Faculty of Science and Engineering the fee you pay, Band A or Band B, will reflect the nature of your research project. Some research projects incur a higher fee than others e.g. if you are required to undertake laboratory work. You will be informed of the fee for your programme in your offer letter.
^ Self-funded, full-time international students studying a PhD programme classified as Band A will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
You'll need a first class or equivalent first degree in a relevant discipline (a 2:1 with additional Masters level training may be considered), such as medicine, dentistry, health sciences, psychology sociology or anthropology. This breadth reflects our commitment to multidisciplinary approaches when investigating complex questions.
English language requirements
|IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT||Overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each component|
|TOEFL iBT requirement||Minimum 100 overall with L 21 R 21 W 21 and S 23|
|C1 Advanced CAE requirement||Overall 185 with no less than 176 in any paper|
|PTE Academic requirement||69 with minimum scores of 61 in each component|
|Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)||Please confirm with the department|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language||Grade C|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language||Grade B|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)||Overall 185 with 176 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 185 with 176 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 185 with 176 in components|
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.
Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal
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