MPhil and PhD Opportunities

Health Sciences and Social Work

Postgraduate Research in Health Sciences and Social Work.

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Research overview

The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) is committed to delivering research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. A wide range of research interests exist amongst staff within the School and we support a number of postgraduate researchers carrying out PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil, MD and MRes awards.

Our postgraduate researchers have access to seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures.

Research within the field of Health Sciences and Social work may also be closely linked to: Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, Psychology, and Geography.

Research centres

Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS)

The Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS) serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences. Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, and apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses.

Research groups:

Allergic and respiratory disorder research group

The Allergic and respiratory disorder research group is focused on improving the quality of life for those with allergies. We research into how these conditions develop, improving diagnosis, effectiveness of management strategies, and the impact on quality of life.

Health and social care environments

In Health and social care environments, in line with the World Health Organisation, we are interested in improving health from the perspective of the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals.

Health and social care of the older person

The Health and social care of the older person research group conducts and supports collaborative research in all areas of older person well being.

Global health and social care unit

At the Global health and social care unit we undertake high impact policy relevant research on international health as well as theoretical research underpinning health inequalities and health outcomes.

The postgraduate school runs a series of easily bookable courses, specifically for PhD students, throughout the year which gives you the chance to learn what you need to know when you need it.

Colin Barnes, Principal Speech and Language Therapist & Health Sciences PhD Student

Funded PhD opportunities

Self-funded PhD opportunities

Key Facts

Duration

MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MD: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time

Entry

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject, for an MD the first degree must be in a clinical subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

MPhil/PhD Fees*

MPhil full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MPhil part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

2017/18

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,780 p/a
International full-time students: £12,600 p/a
International part-time students: £6,300 p/a

MD Fees*

MD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

2016/17

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,121 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,780 p/a
International full-time students: £12,000 p/a
International part-time students: £6,000 p/a

2017/18

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,780 p/a
International full-time students: £12,600 p/a
International part-time students: £6,300 p/a

By Publication Fees*

Members of staff: £1,490 p/a
External candidates: £4,195 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase.

View tuition fee terms and conditions

Contact

sci-pgr-enquiries@port.ac.uk

Departments
School of Health Sciences and Social Work

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Allergic and respiratory disorders

Research areas include: 

  • Development and prevention of allergic diseases
  • Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances
  • Diagnosis and management of food allergies and intolerances
  • Quality of life and food allergies
  • Consumer behaviour and nutritional intake of sufferers of food allergies and intolerances

Health and social care environments

If your research interest lies in the area of sensory environments (e.g. the built environment and the materials, components, and multi-faceted systems making up the environment), we can provide you with supervision in fields such as:

  • Effects of health and social care environments on health-related outcomes
  • Psycho-social effects of health and social care environments
  • Methodologies for conducting research in environmental design
  • Cross- disciplinary collaborations and networks in environmental design research

Health and social care of the older person

Research areas include:

  • User-driven, participatory projects to address practice-based problems
  • Falls and fall-related injury prevention
  • Psycho-social well-being (e.g. quality of life, dignity, and sense of control)
  • Collaborations and networks with multiple stakeholders and organisations

Global health and social care

The School's researchers are working and supervising students in topics such as:

  • Causes and consequences of demographic transition
  • Reproductive health; maternal and child health,
  • Inequalities in access to health care

Our focus is on developing countries, particularly countries in South Asia, Africa and South America.


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Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Resources

Our postgraduate research students benefit from access to extensive resources, including a Clinical Skills Laboratory, Digital X-Ray Suite, VERT (Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training) System, dedicated Ultrasound Room and a Centre for Simulation in Healthcare offers you the opportunity to develop the practical skills for working in health-related sciences in a safe learning environment. The Centre has simulation facilities representative of current clinical equipment, and healthcare environments.

Graduate School

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career Planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Employability

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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How to apply

Step 1 - Contact us

Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.

Step 2 - Apply online

We recommend that you first get in touch before applying. Then, once you’re ready to apply, you can use our online application form. You will also need to provide a personal statement, supporting documents and your research proposal.

Apply online

For more details and advice about the application process visit research degree applications