Apply now to study for one of our postgraduate courses. Remember to check all the application requirements and documents needed before you apply.
We are currently inviting applications for two funded three-year PhD
scholarships in acute mental health care, please
here for more details.
We are also currently inviting applications for a PhD Studentship based at our Colchester Campus. Please
click here for more information.
ESRC Studentships - Update
All ESRC funded PhD studentships for academic year 2016 intake have already been awarded. For academic year 2017 intake new application processes are
being developed. Information on the new procedures will be updated in due course.
Masters courses associated with doctoral pathways
PhD, MPhil, Masters by Dissertation
We offer research degrees (PhD, MPhil, Masters by Dissertation) across a
range of clinical and non-clinical areas of specialism and we invite
applications from all potential students interested in the following areas:
- Health Studies
- Health and Organisational Research
- Health Research
- Public Health
- Social Policy
- Applied Psychology (PhD and MPhil only)
- Nursing Studies
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
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.
We provide supervision for postgraduate research at the following three
Supervisory arrangements for PhDs typically involve dual supervision: a
principal supervisor with whom you have frequent contact and a secondary
supervisor. We draw upon supervisory expertise in clinical areas, research
methodologies, social sciences and management systems. You may register to study
full-time (normally three years) or part-time (six years).
The MPhil may be studied two years full-time or four years part-time. The
same supervisory and other arrangements as described for PhD students apply. The
MPhil may be studied two years full-time or four years part-time.
Masters (MSc) by Dissertation
If you are an MSc by Dissertation student, you have one principal supervisor
who has a particular interest in your area of work and, as appropriate, the
supervisor may be supported by the input of an additional adviser. If you
require research training you should expect to be able to attend a core research
methods course (although you are not expected to produce assessed work for the
course). You are also welcome to participate in and present work at the School
seminar series. You can study the Masters by Dissertation in one year full-time
or two years part-time.
Please note: It is the policy of the University to register
all PhD students initially as MPhil/PhD students. Assuming progress is
satisfactory, confirmation of PhD study normally occurs in the first half of the
second year for full-time students or in the second half of the third year for
Entry requirements and the application process
How do I choose a supervisor?
See our staff research interests
to find out what specific areas of interest we cover. We welcome preliminary
enquiries through the Graduate Administrator.
We encourage a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full
Making an application
To make a full application, you will need to:
- complete the University's
online application form
- pass the letter to
referees (.docx) and
entrance requirements (.pdf) to two referee(s) of your choice. Fill in your
name, address and degree you have applied for at the bottom of each referee
letter. We require one reference for taught Masters applications and two references for all other research degree applications.
- provide details of your qualifications and work experience, a separate CV is
It is advisable to contact your referees before sending the letters in case
they are unable to write on your behalf. We are not able to process your
application until your references have been received. 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, applicants will be required to
participate in 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
- To answer any question you may have about the programme and university
Detailed information about the format of the interview will be provided to
candidates 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.
Research training, professional development and support
Transferable employability skills for PhD graduates are critical, as they
enable you to work effectively within industry as well as academia.
is designed to provide you as doctoral researcher with unique opportunities to
acquire a set of specialist professional skills and deepen and expand your
subject knowledge, at all stages of your career.
You can use Proficio to search and book onto a range of courses available
across our campuses. You can develop your research skills, manage your PhD,
develop your career potential, and meet and collaborate with students and staff.
Improve your career prospects and challenge yourself as you work towards
completing your doctorate.
There are also many events and seminars run by the School, and by other
departments within the University, which are not only a great way to network but
also share your research. We encourage all research students to present at the
The annual research student conference, which takes place in the summer term,
gives all research students the opportunity to present their work to staff and
The University's Learning and Development Unit also
offer a comprehensive programme of development courses.
For further information please contact: