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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed for all healthcare professionals who wish to undertake research at the highest level.

This PhD programme is especially suitable for nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, health scientists and social scientists.

The PhD research groups are: Active Living and Rehabilitation, Complex Healthcare Processes, Fundamental Care and Safety, and Health Work and Systems.

The primary aim of this PhD is to enhance your skills as a researcher to the optimum level.

As a Health Sciences PhD graduate you will be a suitable candidate for a wide range of research posts in both academia and industry.

Introducing your degree

If you are looking for a research degree at a world-class institution with an excellent track record for securing funding, our PhD could be the opportunity for you. This degree is designed to appeal to a range of people who are looking to undertake research related to health or social care. Your PhD will give you the chance to make an original contribution to knowledge and health care through an extended doctoral-level research study. Supported by two expert supervisors with experience and expertise in your area of study, you will develop the skills for high level health care research. Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in doctoral-level research training and complete structured activities related to your research. You will also be invited to attend a series of research forums, facilitating the development of your knowledge and enabling you to be part of the wider research community.

This programme also enables your development of key transferable skills, including public speaking, presentation writing, writing proposals, specialist knowledge and maturity.

Different course options

Full time | Highfield Campus | 4 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


4 years

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree or higher or a higher degree in a health-related subject (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University). An outline research proposal which fits the research interests of the Faculty. Satisfactory academic references.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more