Health and Social Care - Research, MPhil/PhD

Health and Social Care - Research, MPhil/PhD

The School of Health & Social Care welcomes enquiries and applications from those interested in full or part-time study for MPhil or PhD degrees in health, nursing, social work and psychology or counselling.

The Department focuses on applied social science, including sociology, social policy and psychology. We have a large and growing PhD programme. Students' progress is supported by a supervisory team and dedicated programme leader, and monitored by committees within the Department and the university.

Students may wish to undertake a study which falls within the Department's current portfolio of research, which includes: organisation and delivery of health and social care; primary care and public health; education and training of health and social care professionals; learning, development and well-being; sexual health; mental health and well-being; substance misuse; inter-personal violence; brain, action and movement; and counselling and development.

Applicants must identify an area of research that they wish to pursue and submit an outline proposal of approximately 1,500 words with their application form.

In the first two terms applicants are required to take courses in qualitative and quantitative methods as well as critical appraisal of the literature, unless they have recently completed courses in these areas that are of a similar standard. Part-time students are expected to devote a minimum of 12 hours per week to their postgraduate work.


Psychology, Social Work & Counselling


Avery Hill Campus


2 years full-time
3-4 years part-time
3-4 years full-time
4-6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A first degree in a relevant subject, normally 2.1 or above.

* A Master's degree is an additional advantage.


Students are assessed through their research thesis.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in teaching in further and higher education, as well as research and other opportunities in both public and private sectors.


Recent research project topics include:

  • The subjective experience and effects of chronic life-threatening illness in childhood
  • The memory performance in younger and older adults during single-and-dual task conditions
  • The influence of family functioning on the development of aggressive behaviour in pre-school
  • Cultural rites and rituals associated with pregnancy and childbirth in different cultural groups in London
  • An investigation of the knowledge of safe drinking levels in the general population as well as their attitudes towards public health information and advice
  • Socio-historical perspectives of young fatherhood: exploration of social change on the Isle of Sheppey

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