Study

Department for Health MPhil and PhD

Qualifications and durations

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme will enable you to conduct supervised research into your chosen topic and produce a written thesis (typically 20,000 - 60,000 words). You can complete the MPhil in 1 to 3 years (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time).

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme comprises a more significant piece of research which will enable you to contribute to the academic community through a larger written thesis (typically up to 90,000 words). You can complete your PhD in 2 to 4 years (full-time) or up to 6 years (part-time).

The Department for Health also offers the Professional Doctorate in Health programme.

Overview

Our staff provide an overview of the PhD application process.

The MPhil and PhD is an opportunity to undertake original, in-depth research under expert supervision.

Most of our students are registered in the first instance for the MPhil degree. You will be expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of your chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to passing an assessment process which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Our Department produces high-quality research with a strong focus on application and real world implication. You can study any topic in which we have research expertise. Details of research staff expertise and interests are available on individual staff pages, as well as on our current research students page.

Current student projects

Take an insight into what some of our current students are researching »

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) pathway:

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.
  • A Masters degree or appropriate research training is also desirable. We consider applicants without Masters or appropriate research training on a case by case basis. We might require applicants to satisfactorily complete one of our Masters programmes, or to attend some/all of the units of our MRes programmes while undertaking the MPhil or PhD programme.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 7 (with no less than 6.5 in each component)
  • PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

References

  • Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference.

How to apply

You can apply to study online.

Financial information

Costs

Potential sources of funding

Contact

Email: doctoraladmissions@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1225 385949

Related links

 

Our Department for Health carries out high-quality research with a strong applied focus, promoting population health and wellbeing and the efficiency and quality of health services.

Find out more about our research

The Department for Health is one of the largest departments for student numbers at the University. Our research promotes wellbeing and enhances functional performance.

Find out more about the Department for Health