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School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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About the Programme

 Applications are invited from self-funded full-time applicants to undertake a PhD in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Sunderland. The University is currently ranked 2nd in overall student satisfaction in the 2018 UK postgraduate research student experience survey. Applications for part-time study or an MPhil will also be considered.

Supervisory expertise in the school falls within the Institute of Health Sciences and Wellbeing in the general areas of nursing, midwifery & allied health professions (NMAHP); cancer biology; health services research; immunology; medical microbiology; physical health, sport & activity; public health and primary care. Brief descriptions of some staff research interests can be found at:

For a full list of staff research interests and informal enquiries regarding which potential supervisor's interests are best aligned to your proposed topic, please contact the School's Research Student Manager, Dr Lewis Bingle (

Applicants are normally required to submit a 2-3 page research proposal which specifies the research aims, a statement of the original contribution to knowledge which you expect to emerge from the research, the rationale for the research question(s), proposed methodology and techniques for analysis, and a provisional time plan.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement for a research degree is a UK honours degree (first or 2:1) or a UK Master's degree in a relevant topic (or an international qualification regarded as equivalent).

Applications are accepted throughout the year by our Graduate Research Support office. Programme start dates are 1st October, 1st February, and 1st May. Further information regarding research degree programmes, current university fees, and making an application can be found at:

If you would like information about the application process please contact the School research student manager, as above. 

Funding Notes

All international students studying at postgraduate level are awarded a £1,500 scholarship in each year of study. You do not have to apply for this scholarship; it is automatically applied to reduce your total annual tuition fee. The University of Sunderland is an eligible institution for U.S. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Federal School Code: G35073) and Canada Student Loan Programme (EI Code: PUFL).

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