Ph.D. On Campus

Health Sciences

University of Surrey

48 months
19900 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
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At the Health Sciences programme of the University of Surrey we’ve been conducting health-related research for over 30 years, putting people at the focus of everything we do. We’re addressing global healthcare priorities and generating evidence to underpin effective, compassionate and integrated healthcare, working in partnership with healthcare providers, governments and businesses.


Why choose this programme

Our PhD is aimed at healthcare professionals looking to undertake research at the highest level. It’s particularly suited for health psychologists, midwives, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists and social scientists. As one of our students, you’ll embrace a ‘patient focused’ philosophy, working to improve the delivery of healthcare nationally and internationally.

You’ll work alongside academic staff who’re engaged in leading healthcare research. Their work drives and reflects the change in clinical practice.

93% of our research was rated world-leading and internationally relevant in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Our research also ranked top 10 in the UK for allied health professions.

What you will study

In the Health Sciences programme of the University of Surrey, you’ll complete research into your chosen area of interest over a period of four years (full-time) or eight years (part-time).

Your first year will lay the foundation for your research project. You’ll work closely with your supervisors to review literature and develop your research proposal. You may start negotiating access for sites and settings for data collection or consider applying for ethical approval from us and the NHS.

During your second and third years, you’ll conduct fieldwork, collect your data and begin to analyse this. During your final year, you’ll continue to analyse your data and write up your findings, in preparation for your thesis submission.

Throughout your PhD, you’ll gain substantial subject expertise and an in-depth understanding of research methodology and design. You’ll also develop transferable skills in public speaking, drafting proposals and writing for publications.

Current students are researching topics including:

The ethical implications of 'spirituality' in residential care for older people. 

The role of medicine management activities in the implementation of paramedic advanced practice.

Programme Structure

Research themes

Our research investigates:

  • Cancer, including early diagnosis, the influence of cancer treatment on people and supportive technologies. 
  • Digital health, including access to primary and community care services, predictive risk modelling, and the remote monitoring and management of conditions. 
  • Ethics in care, including cross-cultural perspectives on caring for the elderly, understanding and responding to fitness to practise complaints, and values-based end-of-life care for young people with learning disabilities. 
  • Long-term conditions and ageing, including dementia care, frailty and multimorbidity in older people and non-medical prescribing. 
  • Maternal, child and family health, including mental health, palliative care, perinatal depression, safeguarding and sexual health. 
  • Workforce, organisation and wellbeing, including staffing and policy implementation, student, employee and patient wellbeing, and supporting healthcare delivery. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or health and social care may be acceptable.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19900 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £10,000

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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