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The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work was placed top of the table for nursing and midwifery research in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, making this the ideal place to study for a postgraduate research award.
The postgraduate research programme gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care. We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring issues related to one of the following:
- Cancer, supportive and palliative care
- Child and family health and social care
- Mental health
- Management of long term health conditions
- Service user perspectives and experiences
For more details on research within the School see: our research
The PhD programme of study consists of:
- Supervision by one or two members of staff
- Research training and support
- Taught course units
- Independent study
High-quality supervision is an integral part of the programme and students are typically allocated two supervisors with appropriate expertise from among the academic staff. Students are also assigned an advisor for further support.
The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research. Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences which provides training in research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.
PhD students have the option of studying using a distributed learning (DL) route. See: Online support for MPhil/PhD study
This innovative option is aimed at students who are generally unable to be present on The University of Manchester campus, but have the desire, potential and time to undertake a PhD. This option does include attendance at an annual, on-campus, intensive study week, where they meet supervisors and fellow students.
Scholarships and bursaries
Prospective applicants are advised to visit the Studentships and funding pages for the most up-to-date information. Candidates are encouraged to contact the School well in advance of their proposed study date if they are seeking funded positions. This will facilitate the development of proposals for applications for external fellowships (eg. Department of Health, ESRC).