Active research is at the heart of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Organised by our two Research Centres: Health: Disability, Ageing and Wellbeing and Social Change: Community Wellbeing, our vibrant, dynamic and interdisciplinary research feeds in to all elements of our undergraduate, postgraduate and post registration programmes.
Strongly established, respected and widely published in the fields of Nursing, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Social Care and Speech and Language Pathology, members of our two Research Centres: Health: Disability, Ageing and Wellbeing and Social Change: Community Wellbeing, together with our faculty partner the Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (CIKE) bring together an impressive array of research and knowledge exchange activity.
Reflecting the demands placed on policy makers, employers and public services we rely on an integrated approach to research and the issues affecting individuals, communities and populations, delivering successful collaborative research and knowledge exchange projects across our extensive regional, national and international networks.
The Faculty is home to an active and thriving postgraduate research student community, offering postgraduate supervision at Master’s and Doctoral level in a wide diversity of aspects of Physiotherapy, Nursing, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Care, Social Work and related topics. With over 80 current PhD students completing their research on a full or part time basis, our research community is an eclectic mix of new and experienced researchers, practitioners and experts from a wide range of countries, bringing an international aspect to our work.
Research activity in the Faculty and Research Institute centres around seven broad areas:
- Ageing and the long term conditions associated with ageing,
- Applied Psychology and Wellbeing,
- Disability and Participation (including communication impairment, learning disability, physical disability and critical disability studies),
- Health Outcomes (including pain management, public health, palliative care and health service evaluations),
- Community and Critical Psychology,
- Safeguarding and Critical Professional Practice, and
- Substance use and Addictive Behaviours.
Research active, research engaged
Staff within the Faculty are research active and keen to engage and supervise students across a wide range of fields and specialisms, meaning that our academic staff utilise their own research not only to develop their teaching, but also use their teaching to inform their research.
We welcome opportunities for collaborative research and applications from prospective postgraduate research students. We are interested in developing research projects and activites which inform policy, challenge practice, celebrate diversity, are ethically driven and work within the wider framework of health, psychology and social care.
We currently offer a range of research degree programmes at master’s and doctoral level including MPhil, MRes and PhD routes across a variety of specialisms and levels of expertise from those new to research through to experienced practitioners and those wishing to undertake doctoral level research.
For more specific, discipline-related information, visit our academic departments; Health Professions, Nursing, Psychology and Social Care & Social Work. For a general discussion on postgraduate research degrees, contact Dr Peter Goodwin.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
In the 2014 REF, high quality submissions were made to UoA22 (Social Work and Social Policy) and UoA3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) in collaboration with colleagues across the university. Allied Health Professions research at MMU was placed 12/94 in the UK. Over 60% of our outputs were deemed to be internationally excellent or world leading and 100% of our impact was graded as internationally excellent or world leading. In Social Work and Social Policy, too, 60% of our outputs were rated as internationally excellent or world leading and the strength of our research environment was commended.