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Lancaster University Faculty of Health & Medicine, Division of Health Research

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

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Study for a PhD by blended learning

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The Division of Health Research is committed to pursuing world-class research. It brings together a range of social science disciplines to tackle key health challenges of the 21st century within health and medicine.

Lancaster University is the current recipient of The Times & Sunday Times University of the Year, 2018. Ranked third in our field in the 2014 Research Assessment Framework and equal first in 'research environment' and in the top 10 for 'research power', the Division of Health Research offers an ideal academic environment to study or to develop your research career. Our high quality research and our commitment to teaching and to working with the health and social care sectors means that the Division is influencing practice and thinking across a broad spectrum of health and care environments.

We offer seven PhD programme streams in the Division of Health Research:


Our PhD programmes are offered part-time via blended learning (a mixture of online and annual residential academies) over a minimum of four and maximum of seven years. Years 1 and 2 involve online, taught modules including research skills, ethical considerations, health theories, and modules addressing philosophical issues, research design and systematic literature reviewing. From Year 3, students undertake an independent research study, which will conclude with the submission of a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge.

These PhD programmes provide the opportunity for future leaders in a range of health contexts to gain core research skills, as well as a deeper and more critical insight into health theory, translational research, and how this impacts on policy and practice. The programme will equip people working in health and related fields to undertake advanced study, including clinical work, education, research, pharmacological industry, health and safety, human resources, management, policy and advocacy - among others.

Who should apply?

Our PhD programmes will be of interest to people with a relevant background who are working, or aspire to work, in the field of ageing and dementia, health economics, mental health, public health, organisational health and palliative care, and who wish to engage in a higher level of education and gain advanced research skills. The PhD is international in focus and not restricted to any one professional group or discipline, appealing to individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

How to apply

The standard minimum entry requirements are normally an upper second class honours degree, or a good Masters in an appropriate subject, and relevant work experience. Applicants are encouraged to produce an outline description of their intended research topic and a short personal statement detailing their motivation for undertaking a PhD. These documents should then be submitted together with an online application in order for admission to the programme to be considered. Information on the application process can be found at:

Funding Opportunities

At this time there is no dedicated funding attached to the programmes. Self-funded students may wish to apply for a competitive, single bursary of £2000 towards course fees for the first year.

Further Information

Dr Sean Hughes
Director of Blended Learning PhD Programmes Division of Health Research, Lancaster University
Tel: +44 (0)1524 593722

Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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