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The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in areas of study related to health and wellbeing. Read more
The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in areas of study related to health and wellbeing. The centre draws together expertise from across the University within an inter-disciplinary framework, and provides a vibrant and fertile environment for postgraduate research studies. We undertake research, evaluation and needs assessment into service user involvement, participation and innovation, 'hard to reach groups' and service improvement, drawing from areas such as sociology, social policy, leisure studies, nursing, physiotherapy, public health and many more.

We offer a number of research routes for those wishing to increase their research experience and develop their academic and professional profile. These include ‘traditional’ postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD, as well as new routes to PhDs such as our PhD by Practice and PhD by Published Work (prospective and retrospective). We are also in the process of developing a Professional Doctorate in Health Research.

Available projects

Current and recent students include:

Alison – Health Services Management

Alison is an occupational therapist and NHS manager by background. Her research has been funded by a local PCT to develop a working model for world class commissioning. She spends three days a week in the PCT and two days a week in the University developing the academic framework for her studies.

Abdul – Social Policy

Abdul has been exploring questions and issues related to community cohesion. He has worked with members of a local Asian community and explored what some of the buzz-words around community cohesion mean to them. As a local Imam, Abdul is well-connected to the community within which he has undertaken his research and he has been able to gain insights into the experiences of those members of Asian communities that are often excluded from or mistrustful of other research studies.

Bimpe – Health Care

The University, in partnership with NHS Bolton and Bolton Council, is presently building a new Centre for Health and Wellbeing, known as Bolton One. Bolton One will provide a range of services to the people of Bolton, and Bimpe’s research project is focused on how service users’ views can be incorporated into this development. Bimpe has a masters in public health and a strong background of working with local community groups, including those from refugee and asylum seeker communities.

Susan - Physiotherapy

Sue is a clinical lead and consultant physiotherapist and is undertaking a PhD by Practice at the centre. During the course of her career, she has found that physiotherapists encounter patients who have a serious spinal pathology that has previously gone undiagnosed. Sue has worked to develop and identify case material and a schema of ‘red flags’ that can be used by professionals working in clinical settings.

Ana – Occupational Therapy

Ana is an occupational therapist by background and a teacher of ‘circle dance’. She is currently researching methods of meas

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Created by GCU in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, this first-of-its-kind, work-based programme will empower you to promote the principles of human rights. Read more

Created by GCU in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, this first-of-its-kind, work-based programme will empower you to promote the principles of human rights. Unlock your potential, as well as that of your organisation, and contribute to practical and positive change in your community.

Designed for professionals and volunteers in the voluntary and public sectors, our MSc Citizenship and Human Rights allows you to engage meaningfully with issues of citizenship, justice and globalisation – and learn how to lead the way to greater equality, social responsibility and a more participative democracy.

This programme also offers a reward for work you may already be doing (often unrecognised as being about citizenship and human rights) and accredits your skills and knowledge.

Accessible, applied and portable, this blended-learning (primarily online) programme will open new doors to a career that truly serves the common good, with opportunities to network and grow your understanding of diverse viewpoints within your workplace and beyond.

You'll take a holistic approach and learn to apply academic theory to practical outcomes – leading to better social inclusion, higher productivity, happier employees and clients and lower churn (turnover). Through the shared beliefs of the open and diverse GCU community, we'll help you build the confidence and ability to bring citizenship and human rights to the centre of your community, work and life.

What you will study

Globalisation and Migration

Through study of the globalisation of the labour market you will gain a unique insight into political and economic fluctuations, and patterns of legal and illegal human traffic worldwide. You will also learn to identify migratory patterns and their impact on diversity and community.

Leadership, Equality and Social Responsibility

Reflects upon changes within society, within which there are fewer resources and more people striving to overcome barriers such as bureaucracy, financial limitations and discrimination. Discussion over the source of new leadership who recognise the value of civic and social responsibility will take place.

Human Rights

Examines international human rights; who is right and what constitutes as a valid claim to rights? Debates over prisoner rights to vote, detention camps, asylum seeker issues and mistreatment of elderly people in care homes, amongst other topics will be discussed.

Citizenship and Practice

Promotion of rights, equality and citizenship lie at the heart of many voluntary organisations and NGO's. This module, examines individuals participating within their communities to help strengthen civil society and democracy to promote justice.

Masters Dissertation

The dissertation provides the most exciting opportunity to focus on the area of your work that most interests you and to turn it into an extended mediation that will benefit your clients and their communities.

The sequence of the modules will be dependent on a number of factors including student numbers.


Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) comprises 60 credits, a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) comprises 120 credits and a Masters (MSc) comprises 180 credits.

Mode of study

The programme is delivered in a blended learning mode, that is, through distance learning on the universitys Virtual Learning Environment, GCU Learn, in combination with face to face seminars at GCUs city campus two or three times a year.

Work Based Learning generally describes learning while a person is employed. The learning is usually based on the needs of the individual's career and employer, and leads to nationally recognised qualifications.

In order to participate in the programme you must be aware of the following:

  • You need to be in full-time or part-time employment, to be self motivated and be capable of independent learning.
  • You need to be able to access and use a computer, for example, to receive University e-correspondence and to word process your assignments and projects for assessment.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates adopt leadership roles in a variety of fields – helping promote and develop a culture of rights, social justice and equality across industries and sectors in the UK and abroad.

With GCU's reputation for academic excellence, including our top 5% world ranking and international network in teaching and research – you'll have the tools you need to advance your career and change the world around you.

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