Health Sciences Integrated PhD

Developed in partnership with local NHS organisations and health and social care providers, this pioneering new programme aims to develop practitioners who can contribute to the quality, quantity and sustainability of health care research locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr Debbie Cooke Programme Director, Integrated PhD in Health Sciences

Why choose this course?

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. 

What you will study

The Health Sciences Integrated PhD is an important step in developing clinical academic research careers for nurses and allied health professionals, social care professionals and graduates from other disciplines. It will provide education and training for those wishing to utilise both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, focusing on mixed methodology as an underpinning philosophy.

The programme has been designed to allow students from different areas of practice to learn together. It will include core and compulsory modules developed to enhance skills in research, and will help students contextualise their learning through their membership of a community of practice and research.

Students will access two research modules from the Department of Sociology, and benefit from the opportunity to mix with other disciplines and gain a wider perspective of health sciences research.

The programme is suitable for health professionals, allied health professionals and anyone with a background in health research (including sociologists, psychologists and anthropologists). It would suit those who wish to enhance their skills in applied health research and develop innovative skills in health care practice, education and leadership.

Participants will carry out original research contributing to new knowledge and will be actively encouraged to present and publish their research before they graduate.

All Integrated PhD students receive supervision from at least two supervisors in their specialist field. With taught components comprising various research modules, students will be able to hone their research skills and knowledge. 

Close links with practice are encouraged, and many research projects include collaborative work. There are regular research seminars and doctoral 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.

Read our Health Sciences PhD student case study.

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.

Bench fees

In addition to University fees, a bench fee will also be charged. This will vary between disciplines, but can be up to 10,000 per annum for the experimental sciences.

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
Integrated PhD Full-time 30-48 months October, April
Integrated PhD Part-time 60-96 months October, April

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or health sciences 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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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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