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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

Health and Social Care


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Full Time
Course length
4 Years
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Course overview

Postgraduate researchers complete research modules delivered by academics from across the university. These modules provide key transferable skills and equip postgraduate researchers with the knowledge, understanding and tools to progress into and beyond your research degree and into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

We offer a wide range of training and support designed to meet your specific needs. The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-career researchers and professionals. These cover areas relating to effective communication, disseminating research findings or project management skills.

The PhD/MSc Research programmes enable you to undertake a research project that will improve your understanding of health and social care. They provide 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 welcome students from all health and social care and related disciplines who have an interest in exploring related subject areas. A range of services, information and support are available to make your time at university as easy as possible and our outstanding student support teams offer 1-to-1, confidential advice whenever you need it.

Attending a postgraduate open event is a great way to find out more about what postgraduate research at UoG is like.

Study style

You’ll study full-time, or part-time if you are engaged in full-time employment at senior levels of practice, education or leadership. As a part-time student you may be engaged in challenging roles, often studying against a backdrop of organisational change and uncertainty.

Once you’ve successfully completed your research modules, you’ll work with your supervisors to develop your understanding of your project theme and research approach. You’ll work towards ethical and project approval before moving into research activity including data collection and analysis.

Publication during your studies supported by your supervisory team is a great way to disseminate your knowledge and development as a researcher.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

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Start date Course code Fee (UK)
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October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC
October 2026 TBC TBC

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Our postgraduate research students cultivate a diverse set of skills that are highly valued in the UK and internationally, preparing them for successful careers within academia and beyond.

As a postgraduate research student at UoG, you’ll develop and refine a range of skills across research, academic practice, project management and critical analysis to equip you for your future. Whether it’s contributing to ground-breaking academic research or applying problem-solving skills in the workplace, we’ll ensure you’re ready to take on your next challenge.

This versatility opens doors to opportunities across various sectors, from education and research institutions to commercial organisations and NGOs, where you’ll have the confidence to apply your researcher skills and develop innovative solutions to meet your ambitions.

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With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

Get in touch to find out how we can support your research interests by emailing

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Make a difference to health and social care

Our research programmes are designed to support you to make a difference to health and social care. We work with you to identify and communicate the significance, impact and reach of your work for future health and social care practice.

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Get supervision across a range of subjects

With a wide range of staff expertise in nursing, allied health professions, social work and social care, the team is able to supervise research across a range of subject areas, and tailored to your discipline.

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Gain opportunities to train and network

The university offers a range of research training events and you’ll be encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences.

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Learn from expert researchers and practitioners

Be supported by our researchers, who have active leadership roles across the health and care communities in the county.

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