School of Health and Social Care

Research Degrees

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Don't wait for change to happen. Be the change.

As a postgraduate researcher in our school, the opportunity to make a real difference to the way health and social care is delivered and managed is at your finger tips. If you've got the drive to explore the unknown, we've got the expertise. Together we'll innovate.

Explore our postgraduate research degrees

Our degrees

We offer a range of levels of postgraduate research across a range of clinical and non-clinical areas of specialism. We welcome applications from all potential students interested in the following areas:

You can also see our staff research interests on the individual staff profiles. If you are looking to carry out research in a different area to those listed, please contact us to discuss this further. Alternatively view our Professional Doctorates.

Transferable employability skills for PhD graduates are critical, as they enable you to work effectively within industry as well as academia. We'll give you access to Proficio which is designed to give you unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and deepen and expand your subject knowledge, at all stages of your career.

Postgraduate Research studentships

NIHR studentship - Mental health theme

The School of Health and Social Care is looking for candidates for a fully funded PhD studentship linked to the Mental Health Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England (EoE). The mental health theme aims to reduce social and health inequalities for people with mental health difficulties, especially in communities with high health needs.

The School is particularly interested in supporting a project which involves secondary data analysis using the Understanding Society dataset based at the Institute of Social and Economic Research within the University of Essex. Candidates should have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, a good knowledge of health or social care, and an interest in mental health research relevant to issues of socio-economic inequality.

Title: NIHR ARC East of England Mental Health theme

Based in: School of Health and Social Care

Deadline: 27th June 2022

Find out more about this studentship

Research groups

Applying for a research degree

Find a supervisor

Take a look at our staff research interests to find out what specific areas of research we cover. We welcome preliminary enquiries through the Graduate Administrator. We encourage a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.

Making your application

You will need to complete the online application form for all our research degrees. Check out our handy check lists to be sure you have everything you need before starting your application:

Pass the letter to referees and entrance requirements to one referee of your choice. Fill in your name, address and degree you have applied for at the bottom of your referee letter. It is advisable to contact your referee before sending the letters in case they are unable to write on your behalf. We are not able to process your application until your reference has been received.

The application form will ask you to provide details of your qualifications and work experience (a separate CV is acceptable, but details must also be included on the application form). If at the time of applying you are in the final stages of another course, please ensure that you inform us of your result when known.


As part of the decision making process, we'll invite you to an interview before a formal offer is made.

The purposes of this interview are:

  • To assess your suitability to undertake the programme
  • To meet your potential supervisor(s)
  • To provide an opportunity to discuss your proposed research in greater detail
  • To answer any question you may have about the programme and university

Detailed information about the format of the interview will be provided to you in advance of the meeting.

International students/those who cannot easily make a day trip to the university will be offered an interview via telephone or Skype.

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“For me, PhD supervision is a privileged position, where, as academics, we are responsible for assisting in the development of the next generation of thinkers and researchers in our respective fields.  I like to encourage students to ask difficult questions, rather than thinking they have excellent answers (the answers to the difficult questions should come at the end of the process!).
Professor Ewen Speed Supervisor of the year 2021
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Our research

We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields.

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Get in touch
Kathryn Hills Senior Student Administrator
School of Health and Social Care
Telephone: +44 (0)1206 874196