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Health MPhil and PhD

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Profile Description


As a PhD student in the Department for Health at Bath you will have hte opportunity to undertake original, in-depth research under expert supervision working in one of the top rated research Universities in the UK.

The Department for Health is recognised internationally for the quality of its research and has an established team of experienced researchers who between them have a wealth of practical experience in health related areas. The Department carries out research and teaching in health, medicine, exercise and sport, making significant contributions to national and international health agendas.

The Department's expertise in Healthcare focuses on innovation in the design, delivery, organisation, and evaluation of healthcare interventions. We have a particular emphasis on disabling and distressing, long term or life-limiting conditions, such as chronic pain, stroke, dementia, rheumatic disease, and severe mental health problems. The Department has significant research expertise and experience in a range of topics including: 

• addictions and addictive behaviour
• alcohol, drugs and the family,
• assistive technology and rehabilitation
• child and adolescent cognitive behavioural therapy
• complex Regional Pain Syndromes
• dementia care
• evidence based pain management
• leadership and change
• mental health service development and evaluation
• spondolarthropathy disease and related disability
• stroke rehabilitation
• work, health and wellbeing

Population Health
The Department for Health organises its work related to population health improvement in three main ways.

Much the largest element in the population health portfolio is related to: 

Sport, health and exercise science: research which encompasses both the health and performance dimensions of exercise, individual projects range from cellular/molecular biology, study of the effects of exercise on whole body systems and physical activity in health and disease. Two main themes of research exist: Active Lifespan and Integrative Human Performance. 

The Department also attaches growing importance to:

Tobacco control: evaluation of tobacco control policy, developing the evidence base for future policy, understanding and containing the influence of the tobacco industry on policy, evaluation of smoking cessation interventions, studies of smoking in pregnancy, studies of smoking and mental health, systematic reviews of prevention and cessation interventions 

Health inequalities: committed to analysing and disseminating knowledge about how best to reduce health inequalities both in the UK and internationally.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.
  • A Masters degree or appropriate research training is also desirable. We consider applicants without Masters or appropriate research training on a case by case basis. We might require applicants to satisfactorily complete one of our Masters programmes, or to attend some/all of the units of our MRes programmes while undertaking the MPhil or PhD programme.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the English Language Centre. (See: http://www.bath.ac.uk/elc/ )


For University Studentship Schemes, other funding and closing dates see http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/research-programmes/funding

How to apply

Applications must be made through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School. (See: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/how-to-apply/research-programmes/)

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.

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