Health Services Research (PhD/MPhil), Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #301 ,
The PhD/MPhil programme Health Services Research, Bangor University will provide a dedicated route for high calibre students who want to carry out clinical, health or social care research using an evidence-based methodology, including randomised clinical trials, leading to postdoctoral status.


Alternatively it would be appropriate for students who are seeking a high level qualification suitable for a career in research with transferable skills for graduate employment.

The NWORTH Trials Unit

NWORTH, or the North Wales organisation for Randomised Trials (in health and social care), was founded in 2002 and is one of the original seventeen fully accredited UKCRC clinical trials units registered in 2007 in recognition of being able to provide the full spectrum of expertise required to deliver high quality clinical research and the capability to centrally co-ordinate multi-centre trials to the highest standards.

NWORTH is active across a wide range of clinical, health and social care research interests by collaborating with research-active specialists in disciplines such as cancer care, children’s health, dementia, dentistry, mental health, obstetrics, oncology, pharmacy and public health. Whilst students need to produce independent research, the NWORTH Trials Unit can provide a wealth of advice and support where appropriate including project design and governance, data collection and management, QA and compliance plus analysis.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

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

    • Duration 36 months
    • Average duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      PhD: 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

IMSCaR uses the ‘four paper’ model for its PhD programme whereby the thesis comprises four pieces of independent but related research that are of a publishable standard in a high quality peer reviewed journal.

In addition to the support of the research project’s supervisors and from fellow postgraduate research and professional researchers within all of IMSCaR’s three research centres and especially its NWORTH Clinical Trials Unit, there will also be the opportunity to undertake taught modules at postgraduate level as well as attend workshops and courses provided for postgraduate research students by the University’s Academic Development Unit. Any taught modules and courses will not count as credits towards this or any other qualification but, if identified as being of developmental value by the student and the supervisory team, will provide the extra skills and knowledge needed to undertake postgraduate research.

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

Given the high expectations, applicants must have a minimum degree class of 2:1 or above / equivalent in a relevant subject. International students must also have IELTS of 7.0 or above.

Tuition Fee


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