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MPhil/PhD Health and Social Care Research Opportunities

MPhil/PhD Dependent on award School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Researchers and Academics in the School of Health and Social Care have extensive practical experience and professional links in the sector. The School maintains close industry links to ensure that teaching is informed by the latest developments in practice and policy.

This specialist programme is informed by our longstanding partnerships with professionals, research organisations and the National Health Service, and by research taking place in the School.

As a researcher in the School, you have the opportunity to take part in a structured programme of training designed to develop the research and critical-thinking skills that can benefit you in your future career. You will be supported by an interdisciplinary team of supervisors made up of experienced academics and practitioners from across the College of Social Science.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Examples of recent research projects include:

  • Prevalence of mental health disorder in a probation population
  • Prisoners’ experience of health care in England
  • Transfer of learning from classroom to practice
  • Improving pain management in pre-hospital care.

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research, supported by additional research training opportunities. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

The programme is supported by an interdisciplinary team of experienced research supervisors across the College of Social Science. The School of Health and Social Care has long standing partnership links to industry, research organisations and the NHS.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

How To Apply

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree in a related subject. For direct enrolment onto a PhD, a Master’s degree with a research component is required.

Key Contacts

Dr Christine Jackson
+44 (0)1522 837732

Susan Bowler:
+44 (0)1522 886949

Career and Personal Development

Postgraduate research can be seen as an apprenticeship in academia and an important qualification for academic research and teaching. Graduates may progress on to further study or to careers in health and social care-related industries.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,500 £2,250
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,600 £1,750
International £13,300 £6,650
 Thesis Pending £TBA £TBA

* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.