Health Sciences and Social Work, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) is committed to delivering research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. A wide range of research interests exist amongst staff within the School and we support a number of postgraduate researchers carrying out PhD, Professional Doctorate, MPhil, MD and MRes awards. Our postgraduate researchers have access to seminars and tutorials in epidemiology and statistical methods, database management, qualitative research, and development and assessment of quality of life measures. Research within the field of Health Sciences and Social work may also be closely linked to: Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, Psychology, and Geography.


Research Groups

  • Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS):The Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS) serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences. Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, and apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses.
  • Allergic and respiratory disorder research group: The Allergic and respiratory disorder research group is focused on improving the quality of life for those with allergies. We research into how these conditions develop, improving diagnosis, effectiveness of management strategies, and the impact on quality of life.
  • Health and social care environments: In Health and social care environments, in line with the World Health Organisation, we are interested in improving health from the perspective of the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals.
  • Health and social care of the older person: The Health and social care of the older person research group conducts and supports collaborative research in all areas of older person well being.
  • Global health and social care unit: At the Global health and social care unit we undertake high impact policy relevant research on international health as well as theoretical research underpinning health inequalities and health outcomes.

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Module Details

Allergic and respiratory disordersResearch areas include:
  • Development and prevention of allergic diseases
  • Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances
  • Diagnosis and management of food allergies and intolerances
  • Quality of life and food allergies
  • Consumer behaviour and nutritional intake of sufferers of food allergies and intolerances
Health and social care environmentsIf your research interest lies in the area of sensory environments (e.g. the built environment and the materials, components, and multi-faceted systems making up the environment), we can provide you with supervision in fields such as:
  • Effects of health and social care environments on health-related outcomes
  • Psycho-social effects of health and social care environments
  • Methodologies for conducting research in environmental design
  • Cross- disciplinary collaborations and networks in environmental design research
Health and social care of the older personResearch areas include:
  • User-driven, participatory projects to address practice-based problems
  • Falls and fall-related injury prevention
  • Psycho-social well-being (e.g. quality of life, dignity, and sense of control)
  • Collaborations and networks with multiple stakeholders and organisations
Global health and social careThe School's researchers are working and supervising students in topics such as:
  • Causes and consequences of demographic transition
  • Reproductive health; maternal and child health,
  • Inequalities in access to health care
Our focus is on developing countries, particularly countries in South Asia, Africa and South America.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12600 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4121 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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