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PhD Opportunities in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

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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. 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 cancer / cell biology; health services research; immunology; medical and food microbiology; nursing; public health and primary care and sport and exercise science. Our research is classed as internationally excellent (REF 2014). Brief descriptions of some staff research interests can be found at the URL's below

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. Informal discussion prior to such a submission is encouraged.

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 that is regarded as equivalent).


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).

Applications are accepted throughout the year by Graduate Research Support. 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

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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