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MPhil/PhD Health and Social Care Research Opportunities

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Academics in the Lincoln School of Health and Social Care undertake research on a local, national and international scale to evaluate current practice and determine how improvements can be made to care provision.

This specialist programme is informed by our longstanding partnerships with professionals, research organisations and the National Health Service, and by the innovative research taking place in the School. Our staff engage with health and social care debate to ensure that students are up to date with the latest sector developments and issues.

As a researcher in the School, you have the opportunity to take part in a structured programme of training to develop the research and critical-thinking skills that will 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

Independent study is supported by PhD supervision and additional research training opportunities.

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

How You Are Assessed

Submission of a written thesis with viva voce examination.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a related subject. For direct enrolment onto a PhD, applicants should possess a Master's degree with a research component.

Key Contacts

Dr Christine Jackson
+44 (0)1522 837732

Susan Bowler
+44 (0)1522 886949

Career and Personal Development

Postgraduate research is an apprenticeship in academia and an important qualification for academic research and teaching. Many graduates progress on to further study or to careers at senior levels in health and social care-related industries.


2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £4,211 £13,871
Part-time £2,106 £6,936


2015/16 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £4,337 £14,703
Part-time £2,169 £7,352
Thesis Pending £629 £1,282

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

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 for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

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. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.