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The Division of Health Research

The Division of Health Research

The Division of Health Research is part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University.

The Division is a multi-disciplinary department that brings together leaders in a range of related fields.

Our research is important: It is cutting-edge, ever-more relevant, and makes a difference both nationally and internationally. Our work informs and influences practice in all of our research areas. We aim to change policy that has a direct impact on people’s lives.

The main areas of research within the Division are:

Students at Lancaster benefit from having academics who are active researchers as well as teachers: Our teaching benefits from our research areas as well as our academic practice. This gives students access to research opportunities and evidence-based teaching, the chance to select areas of study that are of particular interest to them, and ultimately to make a difference themselves. Students receive brilliant research training at the Division of Health Research.

Lancaster is well-known for its collaborative ways of working and its friendly environment, both especially true of the Division of Health Research.

For all enquiries about postgraduate study with the Division of Health Research get in touch: [email protected]

Research & Thesis

The PhD in Health Research is undertaken by research plus thesis. This can be either campus based or not, depending on the student.

Blended/Distance Learning

We recognise that the nature of our research and teaching areas attracts students from across the globe, and frequently at a stage in their careers where taking a break to study full-time and on campus is simply impossible. Consequently, we have developed a teaching/research structure for students that enables study at a distance. The first two years of study cover research techniques and practice, the remainder, your own research and thesis.

We begin each academic year with a week-long residential academy at our Lancaster campus. The purpose of this is always to enable our students to make the best start on their studies.

For the 2020/21 academic year, the Autumn Academies will take place entirely virtually.

Teaching then takes place via a range of online platforms and virtual learning environments.

To be clear, no mention of the mode of study is recorded on any certification.

Our Research Centres

Within the Division of Health Research, we have the following Research Centres:

  • The International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC)
  • The Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR)
  • The Centre for Organisational Health and Well-being (COHWB)
  • The Centre for Health Informatics, Computing, and Statistics (CHICAS)
  • The Centre for Health Inequalities Research (CHIR)
  • The Centre for Disability Research (CeDR)
  • Health Economics at Lancaster (HEAL)
  • The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research

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