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PhD by Published Work (Route 1) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

PhD by Published Work (Route 1) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Health Studies Clinical Psychology Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary


This route is for practitioners who already have research experience (conducted either alone or collaboratively) and have published academic publications, papers or journal articles.

For this route, you’ll usually produce a thesis of eight to 12 thematically linked publications. A supervisory team will support you during your PhD as you add further publications to your existing body of published work.

You’ll submit a critical commentary of 10,000 – 15,000 words and your work will be examined. You’ll be questioned on aspects of this work and you’ll have the opportunity to respond constructively in a viva voce exam.

Past and current examples of PhD by publication undertaken by medics include: dementia and cancer care; emergency medical education and the interface with social media; advances in multidisciplinary tracheostomy care and their impact on the safety and quality of care in the critically ill.


This accelerated route usually takes either two years full-time or four years part-time.

It’s designed for practitioners who have research experience, whether you’ve worked alone or collaborated with colleagues. You’ll need to demonstrate that you have published at least three academic publications, papers or journal articles.

In this route, you’ll build on your work to create a minimum of eight pieces for submission, and you’ll have the support of a Director of Studies, as well as a supervisory team.

To apply, you’ll need to submit your existing publications and an outline of your proposed area of future research and publications.

We’ll invite you for interview so that we can discuss your plans, and whether we have the appropriate supervisors for your research.


You could use your transferrable skills in research, problem solving and communication to work in businesses across the healthcare environment.

You could develop a career in academia and apply for lecturer positions.

Different course options

Full time | Manchester Campus | 24 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants normally have a UK masters-level qualification (or international equivalent) and have published a small number of research papers to enrol in the doctoral programme. You must be a graduate (or equivalent) of at least five years with a masters degree, research training or equivalent experience. Applicants must submit their publications and a research proposal. If we have the academic expertise to supervise the proposed research, you’ll be invited to interview.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more