Manchester Metropolitan University

PhD by Published Work (Route 1) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Affiliation with Research Centres and groups within the faculty and collaboration with research active colleagues across the University
  • Aimed at academics and clinicians with research experience, this route allows applicants to build on current published material in order to gain a doctoral qualification.

About the course

This route is aimed at candidates who already have research experience, whether alone or done collaboratively, and have published a minimum of 3 academic publications, papers or journal articles.

These publications must be in the public domain and demonstrate a depth of scholarship and originality, and would normally have been peer reviewed. For this route, the University provides academic supervision and support as the candidate adds to their existing body of published work. To apply, students are requested to submit their existing publications and an outline of the proposed area of future research and publications. Candidates will be interviewed to discuss their plans, and a place will be offered subject to funding and the availability of appropriate supervision.

The same type of supervisory team will be provided, and the same support and review processes will operate as for the conventional PhD route.

The endpoint for this route is a thesis comprising approximately eight to twelve thematically linked publications, accompanied by critical commentary of 10-15,000 words. As with the conventional route, students defend their theses in a viva voce examination.

PhD completion on this route usually takes either two years full-time or four years part-time.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You will normally have a UK Master’s level qualification (or
international equivalent) and have published a small number of
research papers to enrol in the doctoral programme. Applicants
must submit their publications and a research proposal and,
provided that appropriate supervision is available, candidates
will be invited to an interview. Candidates must be graduates (or
equivalent) of at least 5 years with a Master’s degree, research
training or equivalent experience.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.