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Applying for your Research Programme


Preparing your proposal

You'll need to put together a detailed research proposal, bringing together your ideas into a coherent form. Guidance is available here.

Identifying a supervisor

You'll also need to identify a potential supervisor from our academic staff, many of whom are globally recognised leaders in their fields. 

When you have completed your research proposal and identified a first and second choice of supervisor, you can apply online here, or download an application form to apply by post. Please note that we advise that you contact us before submitting your application. We can identify appropriate supervisors and, if necessary, work with you to refine your proposal.

For further information on our postgraduate research programmes or if you wish to speak to a relevant member of academic staff then please contact Mrs Maria Davis, telephone +44(0) 1792 295309 or email CHHS Postgraduate Research Academy

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As part of the student community in the College of Human and Health Science you will benefit from:

  • Two supervisors experienced in their fields of research
  • An extensive collection of books and periodicals for loan, over 1,000 conventional study spaces, over 450 student PCs and a dedicated postgraduate study space
  • Access to the online library catalogue and learning resources
  • Access to SPSS and NVivo analytical software, along with internet, wireless network, student email account and personal file store
  • English language training if needed
  • A skills development programme for research students focussing on research skills and enhancing your employability
  • Access to state of the art psychology laboratory facilities
  • Access to a Service User and Carer Involvement Group

The research of the College of Human and Health Sciences is extremely varied.


It spans the health sciences (such as nursing, midwifery, child studies, policy studies, philosophy, history, biomedical sciences and ethics), social sciences (such as social policy and ageing) and psychology.

The diversity of our research is best demonstrated by our research centres, and potential candidates can explore the current research interests of staff by entering keywords into the research directory that will return results from academic staff member profiles.



Fees and Funding

The current fees for research degrees are revised each year and you should check the following link for the latest figures:

Scholarships and bursaries are periodically available. Whenever funding is available, all opportunities are advertised at

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses most studies will also incur a further element of cost throughout your research. This could take the form of travel costs, hospitality to run a focus group, conference fees etc. You should spend some time considering what other costs you may need to fund when designing your research proposal.

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