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PhD (by Dissertation) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

PhD (by Dissertation) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Caring Skills Psychology Specialisations Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary


This is the conventional route to gaining a PhD, where you are expected to create an original research proposal.

An advisory team supports you during your PhD study, providing regular feedback on your work and your progress.

Your research concludes with a thesis of approximately 80,000 words in length, which 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.

Recent thesis topics include: triaging respiratory emergencies; the role of rehabilitation in improving short and long term outcomes for survivors of critical illness and dementia and cancer care.

Our research expertise across health and social care includes communication disability, developments in learning, teaching and professional practice, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.


On this route, you’ll have a supervisory team who will meet with you on a regular basis to discuss your progress, provide feedback and identify any issues.

Your supervisory team usually features a Director of Studies and either one or two additional supervisors. We aim for a mix of knowledge and skills within the team, to cover both subject area expertise and appropriate research methods.

You won’t study core units on this PhD route but you’ll arrange a programme of research methods training with your supervisory team. You’ll also have an independent annual review of progress.


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 | 3 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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 will normally have a UK masters level qualification (or international equivalent) to enrol in the doctorate programme. Applicants must submit a research proposal, and provided that appropriate supervision is available, candidates will be invited to an 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