PhD Studentships in Medicine 2016-2017, UK

Publish Date: Jun 24, 2016

Deadline: Sep 17, 2016

Lancaster University Faculty of Health & Medicine, Division of Health Research

The Division of Health Research is committed to pursuing world-class research. It brings together a range of social science disciplines to tackle key health challenges of the 21st Century within health and medicine.

Ranked third in our field in the 2014 Research Assessment Framework and equal first in 'research environment' and in the top 10 for 'research power', the Division of Health Research offers an ideal academic environment to study or to develop your research career. Our high quality research and our commitment to teaching and to working with the health and care sectors means that the Division is influencing practice and thinking across a broad spectrum of health environments.

Study for a PhD by blended learning

We offer four PhD programmes in the Division of Health Research:

  • PhD in Mental Health
  • PhD in Organisational Health & Wellbeing
  • PhD in Palliative Care
  • PhD in Public Health

The blended learning PhD programmes are offered part-time via blended learning over 5 years. Years 1 and 2 will involve online taught modules including research skills, ethical considerations, work and health, health theories, research and practice. From Year 3, students undertake a research study, which will conclude with the submission of a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge.

These PhD programmes provide the opportunity for future leaders in a range of health contexts to gain core research skills, as well as a deeper and more critical insight into health theory, translational research, and how this impacts on policy and practice. The programme will equip people working in the health field to undertake advanced study, including clinical work, education, research, health and safety, human resources, management, policy and advocacy.

Who should apply?

The PhD programmes will be of interest to people with a relevant background who are working, or aspire to work, in the field of mental health, public health, organisational health and palliative care, and who wish to engage in a higher level of education and gain advanced research skills. The PhD is international in focus and not restricted to any one professional group or discipline, appealing to individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

How to apply

The standard minimum entry requirements are normally an upper second class honours degree, or a good Masters in an appropriate subject, and relevant work experience. Potential applicants are encouraged to produce a detailed outline description of their intended research topic. The research proposal should then be submitted together with an online application for admission. Applications for September 2016 entry are welcome for the PhD programmes in Mental Health, Organisational Health and Well-being, and Palliative Care. We welcome applications for September 2017 entry for all four programmes. Information on the application process can be found at:

Funding Opportunities
Funding opportunities and requirements can be found on the University website:

Further Information
Division of Health Research, Lancaster University


Tel: +44 (0)1524 593936


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