Research degrees in the Faculty of Health

A postgraduate research degree with the Faculty of Health allows progression in a variety of career paths, including clinical practice, healthcare service, research in non-laboratory and laboratory environments. The first step for potential applicants is to identify a potential research area of interest by browsing our research groups.

Please note that if English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency usually with an academic IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Research opportunities

We also offer a PhD on the basis of prior published works in Medical, Biomedical or Dental Studies.

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research

The Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) is a thriving community that conducts adventurous world-leading research with the explicit purpose of improving the health and care of the populations we serve. 

Our work is grounded in the needs of the people of the South West and other rural, coastal, and deprived communities worldwide, but PIHR’s research has national and international reach and impact. 

Find out more about the work of PIHR

Research skills training with a ResM

Long to take a research degree but have limited research experience? Many areas offer a Research Masters (ResM) degree which incorporates taught elements and an extended research phase, including a research project and dissertation. It is suited to a wide range of people with an interest in developing their research skills within healthcare settings.

PhD on the Basis of Prior Published Works

This degree programme enables eligible candidates who have not previously been able to register for a higher degree but have been research active and publishing – or making research available – in the public domain, to submit a collection of works for consideration for the award of a PhD. You are able to register for a PhD on the Basis of Prior Published Works in all of the University's Postgraduate Research Areas (although only a few have their own programme pages on the University website).

Our team

  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience (Research)
    Deputy Director of Doctoral College
  • Professor of Leadership Nursing
    Deputy Director of Doctoral College
  • Lecturer in Clinical Research
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Health Professions
  • Associate Professor of Immunology
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Biomedical Studies
  • Associate Professor in Psychology
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Psychology
  • Lecturer in Adult Nursing (Education)
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Professor of Neuroscience
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Medical Studies
  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Oral & Dental Health Research
    Postgraduate Research Coordinator for Dental Studies