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Postgraduate courses 2024/25

Health Sciences, MPhil/PhD

Study a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in Health Sciences to deepen your knowledge and engage in research that can change policies and lives.

Our research degree in Health Sciences has a strong focus on nursing, mental health, psychosocial influences on health and illness, health and social care workforce, policy and practice research. Supported by a team of expert supervisors, you will learn to apply qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to work towards a substantial piece of research.

Our specialist areas include public health, healthcare workforce and delivery, simulation, experiences of health and illness, sexual health, mental health, substance abuse, health economics, ageing and chronic diseases.

As a research student, you will benefit from the research resources available in the Institute for Lifecourse Development (ILD). The ILD holds regular research events including a popular research seminar series, a 3-Minute-Thesis competition and regular research cafés. There are also opportunities for PhD students to gain support with research costs and to present their research at national and international conferences.


  • 3-4 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time

Start month

September; January

Home/international fees 2024/25

£4,786 /£17,450

What you should know about this course

  • We have an extensive range of specialist areas across the discipline of health and social care.
  • The Institute for Lifecourse Development (ILD) and its interdisciplinary research centres integrates and supports research activity with the School of Health Sciences.
  • You will register for an MPhil in the first instance and will be given the option to transfer to PhD following a progress review at the end of your first year (full-time studenrs).
  • When applying for an MPhil or PhD, you will need to submit a research proposal so we can assist you in identifying a potential supervisor that can support your work.
  • As a part-time student, you will need to devote at least 12 hours per week to your studies.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

All PhD supervisors are active researchers who are expert in their fields. To maximise support for the student, students are appointed up to three supervisors who have completed mandatory training in PhD supervision.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A taught Master's degree in a relevant subject, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (eg Merit) level or above and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a relevant subject.

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

  • A Bachelors or Master's degree transcript from the UK or UKVI recognised Majority English Speaking Country (MESC).


  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill.

Required documentation:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), including the names of two referees (written references can also be provided using the reference form)
  • A detailed research proposal of about 1,500 words (see details below).

Further information about entry

Applicants must submit a 1,500 word research proposal with their application form (for scholarship applications, please see specific instructions in the advert and include the scholarship reference to the personal statement section). The research proposal should be developed with a potential supervisor at the University of Greenwich before submitting the application. It is best to search the information on the members of staff in the School of Health Sciences and Institute for Lifecourse Development for somebody in your proposed topic area and contact them about the prospect of developing your proposal. Alternatively, you can contact the Programme Leader Dr Paul Newton at to see if it is possible to link you with somebody to develop your proposal prior to applying.

Please note, that you will also be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Available to overseas students?


Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn


There are advertised research study days but most of the teaching takes the form of regular supervision meetings with members of the supervisory team.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

The majority of your work is in the form of independent learning. Our libraries and online resources will support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Independent research, but also training in research, teaching and transferable skills. Postgraduate research events such as talks, seminars and conferences. You will be expected to keep a record of your research activities, skills and training in a portfolio and upload it.


As your MPhil/PhD progresses, you will move through several review points including a transfer viva to ensure good progress and high quality-work. You will be assessed through your research thesis. Following your submission, you will have an oral examination.

Feedback summary

Once a postgraduate research student has submitted their thesis for examination, the examination should take place within three months of the date the Faculty Research Degrees Committee approves the examination arrangements.

Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £4,786 £2,393 per year N/A
International £17,450 £8,725 per year N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of the PhD programme have gone on to occupy senior research, practice and management roles in the NHS, social care, non-governmental and private sector organisations. Many graduates have also used their research degree to launch their academic research and/or teaching careers.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a growing postdoctoral and early career researcher community within the Institute for Lifecourse Development. Equally, the mandatory postgraduate research training provides you with training, accreditation and experience of research and teaching in Higher Education.

The University also offers a careers service which postgraduate students can access.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. There are research-related modules that you may benefit from. For further details contact the programme leader. You can also drop into relevant undergraduate and Master's programmes, upon agreement with the teaching teams.

Support from the department

In addition to the core postgraduate researcher training, the Research and Enterprise Training Institute (RETI) also run additional training courses aimed at the training needs of postgraduate research students.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.