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.
With innovation, research and passion at its heart, the School of Health Sciences aims to deliver the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring healthcare professionals. We also work with professionals in fields allied to health care and medicine who wish to pursue doctoral-level study.
Our academics are engaged in leading healthcare research that drives and reflects change in clinical practice and medicine, and embraces evidence-based practice, policy and education.
As a PhD student at Surrey, you’ll receive individual tuition in your specialist field, as well as tailored research training.
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. We actively encourage collaborations between medical researchers from other disciplines, clinicians and NHS colleagues.
At the heart of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by refining your research proposal, engaging with the literature and planning the structure of your work, based on an agreed timetable. Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and the process of getting published.
Examples of positions achieved by our students after studying for their postgraduate qualification at Surrey include:
Read our Health Sciences PhD student case study.
The team also offers a range of core expertise in:
Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty Graduate School website as and when they become available.
All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.
October, January, April, July
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.
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.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
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Dr Wrigley explains how a PhD in Health Sciences has boosted her career.
The University of Surrey is leading a pioneering research project that could transform cancer care – and significantly reduce healthcare costs – by enabling cancer care clinicians to monitor patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast, bowel and blood cancers via mobile phone.
International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory aims to shine new light on ethics in health and social care.
Postgraduate researcher in the School of Health and Social Care.
Project aims to improve support for vulnerable children with a seriously ill family member.
Study reveals more than eight in ten men living with prostate cancer may not be getting the nursing care they need to cope with the life-changing side effects of treatment.
Deborah Macartney is Senior Tutor (Community Specialist Practice). "I entered the nursing profession as mental handicap nurse, working within a hospital and community home setting. I then gained valuable experience as an RGN in accident & emergency, followed by a position as a nurse practitioner within a nurse-led minor injuries unit. Now in my capacity as Senior Tutor and Director of Studies for the Primary and Community Care programmes, I have a particular interest in policy development, advanced practice and clinical risk management. My teaching mainly focuses on developing knowledge and understanding related to error prevention and improving patient safety."
"I’m a principal cognitive behavioural psychotherapist for the NHS, which involves advising other clinicians around the country on difficult-to treat patients."
Dr Karen Ballard spent an extraordinary year working with mothers-to-be in Ethiopia.
Dr Ann Gallagher, Reader in Nursing Ethics and Director of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, has written articles and appeared on radio to discuss the ethical questions raised by the mental health tribunal about the care of Ian Brady on the ethics of force-feeding.
Professor Tom Quinn, Associate Dean for Health and Medical Strategy in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, has been awarded the top research prize at the TRUST ‘Making an Impact: what’s new in emergency pre-hospital care research?’ conference in Cardiff.