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 Requirement: Non-Clinical Research - IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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English language pre-sessional programmes

We offer pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study. These provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

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