Health Studies, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
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They offer interdisciplinary programmes which form part of our Universitys ESRC Doctoral Training Centres pathways in Research Methods in Health and in Health and Organisational Research. This follows the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) introducing a new Postgraduate Training Framework, which changed the way it provides support for postgraduate training. Our Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) offers 16 fully-funded ESRC studentships across 21 doctoral pathways.


Please note that a doctoral pathway is the term used to describe the routes to postgraduate study, whether this is a one-year Masters followed by three years of doctoral research (1+3) or three years of doctoral research (+3) for those who have already completed a relevant Masters degree (from another ESRC-accredited DTC or one with a substantial methodological element). Essex has 21 doctoral pathways that are arranged into nine themed clusters and two of these are in the area of health. This includes Health and Organisational Research (offered in collaboration with Essex Business School) and in Research Methods in Health (offered in collaboration with our Institute for Social and Economic Research). 

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Why study PhD Health Studies at Essex?

Our School of Health and Human Sciences offers a multidisciplinary environment with an excellent reputation for research and teaching. Within our School, our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having staff that are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers, sociologists and social policy and management specialists, so they have clinical and academic credibility.

A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health policy and practice and related fields. We have research interest groups in Developing Professional Practice and Applied Health Research, and host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Within our multidisciplinary School of Health and Human Sciences, we offer research supervision in the following fields:

- analysis of large scale surveys;
- approaches to pain management;
- child and adolescent mental health;
- children with special educational needs;
- clinical decision making;
- clinical psychology;
- cognitive behavioural therapy;
- consumerism and consumption in health care;
- cross-cultural mental health;
- educational psychology;
- evaluation of psychological treatments;
- health-related social movements;
- health-related stigma;
- health services research;
- housing and health;
- how life events and conditions influence health;
- interpretative policy analysis of health care;
- mental health services;
- the third sector and health care provision;
- nursing theory and practice;
- physiotherapy education and practice;

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Potential research students are welcome to make preliminary enquiries directly to a potential supervisor within our School of Health and Human Sciences or, more generally, through our Graduate Administrator. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 EU/EEA


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