The School of Health Sciences (SHS) strives to transform lives through applied health research, within a vibrant research community within our school and the wider university.

Our research activity is led by the Mother and Infant Research Unit, our People, Health and Communities programme, and the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) which is hosted by the School. Research projects within these thematic and expanding programmes are welcomed with particular reference to population health, rehabilitation, older people, maternal and child health, health improvement and improvement science, mental health, and digital living.

Methodological expertise includes systematic reviews, evidence synthesis and integrative data analysis, as well as a range of health and related research methods, for example social and behavioural science, human computer interaction and design.

We have a strong track record in research capacity both nationally and in disciplines including midwifery and allied health professions. Our researchers also have expertise in applied health sciences, and educational research.

Please contact us to discuss how your research interests might align with research in SHS.

Find out more about our PhD topic areas for students interested in participating in the development of our research.


Entry requirements

Candidates for MPhil or PhD must hold a good honours degree (First class or 2.1) and/or a Master's Degree. Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APEL) may apply.

English language requirements

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We also accept other English language qualifications (updated August 2020)

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

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PhD fees

PhD studentship

Find out about a funding opportunity for a PhD project entitled: "Implications of a More Gender Balanced Nursing Workforce" 


Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

PhD opportunities

Learn about our Doctoral training programmes


Dr Anna Gavine
Director of Doctoral Studies 
 +44 (0)1382 386425