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?

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.

Programme overview

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:

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

Read our Health Sciences PhD student case study and a blog by paramedic and PhD student Scott Munro

Research areas

  • E-health
  • Women’s health
  • Diabetes
  • Integrated care
  • Cancer and supportive care
  • Emergency cardiovascular care
  • Long-term conditions
  • Communication in healthcare
  • Nursing and healthcare ethics
  • Education for practice

The team also offers a range of core expertise in:

  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Large qualitative studies
  • Complex interventions
  • Health care ethics
  • Health economics
  • Communication in health care
  • Population data management
  • Health evaluation
  • Mixed methods
  • Systematic reviews


Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty studentships and scholarships page 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: 30-48 months
  • Part-time: 60-96 months

Start date:

October, April


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 682 222

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 School of Health Sciences to discuss your experience and qualifications.

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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 £4195 £17,500
Part-time £2100 £8,800

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Doctoral College

Our Doctoral College supports researcher excellence and employability across the doctoral and early career stages of the researcher journey.

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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