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Health and Social Care Research, MPhil/PhD Postgraduate prospectus

  • If you want to pursue full or part-time MPhil or PhD studies, we welcome applications for health, nursing, social work, psychology and counselling
  • You will receive dedicated support and monitoring from our committed supervisory team who draw on a vast range of practical and academic experience
  • You can choose to identify your own area of research, or select from our extensive portfolio.*
  • Located across the University's iconic Greenwich Maritime Campus

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3-4 years full time

4-6 years part time



If you are passionate about research and expanding the knowledge base of health and social care, MPhil and PhD study is the path for you.

We have a large and growing PhD programme at the University of Greenwich. You will be supported by a supervisory team and dedicated programme leader and your progress will be monitored by university committees.

We focus on applied social science, including sociology, social policy and psychology. So whether you are interested in full or part-time study for an MPhil or PhD degree, we welcome applications for health, nursing, social work, psychology and counselling.

Degree structure

In the first two terms you will be required to take courses in qualitative and quantitative methods. This is in addition to critical appraisal of the literature, unless you have recently completed courses in these areas that are of a similar standard.

Time commitment

As a part-time student, you will be expected to devote a minimum of 12 hours per week to your postgraduate work.

Research topics

In terms of subject focus, you may wish to undertake a study which falls within our current portfolio of research. These include:

  • Organisation and delivery of health and social care
  • Primary care and public health
  • Education and training of health and social care professionals
  • Learning, development and well-being
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Substance misuse
  • Inter-personal violence
  • Brain, action and movement
  • Counselling and development.

Academic support

Our programme is designed to support you in the challenges of doctoral study and research. The teaching and supervisory teams draw on a vast range of practical and academic experience in health and social care/ psychology research and doctoral supervision.

Your fellow students also provide a strong network for motivation and support throughout your doctoral journey.


You must identify an area of research that you wish to pursue and submit an outline proposal of approximately 1,500 words with your application form.


Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the Health and Social Care Research  programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, you will have access to state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A first degree in a relevant subject, normally 2.1 or above.
  • A Master's degree is an additional advantage.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language:

  • Must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

In addition candidates must:

  • Identify an area of research that they wish to pursue and submit an outline proposal of approximately 1,500 words with their application form.

Extra information


Students are assessed through their research thesis.


Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in teaching in further and higher education, as well as research and other opportunities in both public and private sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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