Health Sciences PhD

Surrey offers a great learning environment, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff, a fantastic campus and resources and a brilliant reputation. I feel very comfortable and supported working here, even under the pressure and workload the PhD brings.

Scott Munro PhD Health and Social Care

Why Surrey?

The School of Health Sciences is a multi-professional teaching and research organisation and a leading provider of postgraduate and continuing professional development education. Our aim is to generate improvements in health and social care practice through high-quality education, partnership working, practice development and research.

We are rapidly establishing ourselves as an international centre for research, education and training in a variety of areas. Research activities within our School are focused on a range of areas relevant to medicine, health and social care and embrace evidence-based practice, policy and education. We have established a research base which drives and reflects innovation and change in clinical practice and medicine.

We actively encourage collaborative research between medical researchers from other disciplines, clinicians and NHS colleagues.

Programme overview

PhD students receive individual tuition in their specialist field, as well as tailored research training and seminars. Close links with practice are encouraged, and many research projects include collaborative work. There are regular research seminars and student-led discussions on methodology and other research issues. The opportunities for students with postgraduate qualifications from Surrey are very wide, and not limited to the area in which you have studied.

Examples of positions achieved by our students whilst studying for their postgraduate qualification with us include:

  • Clinical research nurse
  • Consultant nurse
  • Consultant endocrinologist
  • General Medical practitioner
  • Clinical quality auditor

Read our Health Sciences PhD student case study.

Research areas

  • Women’s health
  • Diabetes
  • Preventative and social care
  • Cancer and supportive care
  • Emergency cardiovascular care
  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Long-term conditions

The team also offers a range of core expertise in:

  • Clinical research including clinical trials
  • Complex interventions
  • Nursing and health care ethics
  • Health economics
  • Communication in health care
  • Health evaluation
  • Mixed methods
  • Education for practice
  • Telecare


Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty Graduate School website as and when they become available.

Research award

All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 689 730

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or health and social care may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language. Please contact the Faculty Graduate School to discuss your experience and qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 7.0

IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £3,996 £15,920
Part-time £1,998 £7,960

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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