Masters by Research or PhD Health (Postgraduate)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

A research degree will open the door to work in full-time research, healthcare practice and administration and, if you’re a practitioner, to a greater understanding of your professional practice. With more than 15 academic staff in Health, we can supervise across a broad range of topics. There are particular strengths in quality of life, whole person assessment, the role of spirituality in recovery and the illness journey, and palliative care. You could also pursue cross-disciplinary projects that link to management, education and social care.    

We provide a stimulating and supportive environment with extensive professional and academic expertise in healthcare environments ranging from primary care to public policy. For some candidates the Centre for the Study of Faith, Science and Values in Healthcare may provide a particular focus. The centre is concerned with a whole person approach to healthcare. It seeks to establish a scientific and values-based paradigm for the integration of body, mind and spirit in the promotion of health and well-being, as well as the healing of illness and the prevention of dysfunction.

Applied research has been carried out for a variety of organisations including Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Skills for Care, and the Greenwich Primary Care Trust. Some current topics include: investigating the clinical benefits from closer links in a three-way therapeutic relationship between carers, service users and clinicians; evaluating the implementation of the Sherborne Developmental Movement Programme with children with severe autistic spectrum disorders; and considering the effects of obesity and well-being on women's fertility.

Entry requirements

  • MRes: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Staff Profile

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

"Malcolm's teaching and research interests are based on his background in history and anthropology. He is interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life and also has a particular interest in research design and ethics. He is also research degree's lead for the Schools of Sport & Exercise, Natural & Social Sciences and Health & Social Care."


Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Attend research training events and work on projects with other universities

Develop advanced skills as a researcher with research training events, research student-led seminars, conferences and summer schools. Have the opportunity to participate in training offered through other universities and bodies.

Get your work published in journals

Submit your work to journals for publishing as part of your researcher development. Gain high-level professional recognition and contribute to advancing knowledge in the health sector.

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