The Faculty of Health and Social Care currently has around 30 full and part-time MPhil/PhD students, for whom there are monthly seminars, support groups and an annual Summer School at which students are expected to present their work. There is an equipped MPhil/PhD area within our Faculty and our students are actively encouraged to attend a rolling programme of research methods courses.
Most graduates are self-funded but there are faculty scholarships and the Faculty has attracted grants through sources such as the Department of Health, ESRC and Health Trusts.
It is usual to register for an MPhil in the first instance. Graduates will then be asked to submit a transfer month report of their research progress for University scrutiny. The Faculty encourages team supervision and every student has at least two supervisors.
Besides the doctoral programme, research in the Faculty supports programmes of research in: Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Radiography), Clinical Effectiveness, Community Development and Social Work, Community and User Involvement in Service Delivery and Research, Health Promotion, Health Services Research, Inter- Professional and Inter-Sectoral Practice, Primary Health Care, Practice Development, Professional and Organisational Development, and Public Health.
The Faculty of Health and Social Care provides two professional doctorate programmes. One is the professional doctorate programme in nursing, leading to the award of Doctorate in Nursing. The other is the professional doctorate programme for allied health professions leading to profession specific awards of Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Doctorate in Optometry, Doctorate in Physiotherapy, or Doctorate in Radiography. Currently 19 students are undertaking study for these qualifications which are studied over five years.
Professional doctorate programmes differ from the traditional MPhil/PhD route (described above) in that there is a taught component which is delivered in the first two years. This is followed by a research component in years three to five. In the research component, students carry out a profession specific research study, with the support of a supervisory team, and produce a research thesis.
Details of the professional doctorate programme in nursing can be found in the Nursing section of the prospectus. Details of the professional doctorate programme for the allied health professions can be found in the Allied Health Professions section of the prospectus.