Active research is at the heart of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, and two Research Centres: Health: Disability, Ageing and Wellbeing and Social Change: Community Wellbeing.

Our vibrant, dynamic and interdisciplinary research feeds into all elements of our undergraduate, postgraduate, and post-registration programmes here at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Members of our two Research Centres are strongly established, respected, and widely published in the fields of nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, social work, social care, and speech and language pathology.

In collaboration with our Faculty partner the Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (CIKE), our members 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. This helps us to deliver successful collaborative research and knowledge exchange projects across our extensive regional, national and international networks.

Health: Disability, Ageing and Wellbeing Research Centre

Social Change: Community Wellbeing Research Centre

The Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Met is home to an active and thriving postgraduate research student community.

We offer postgraduate supervision at master's and doctoral level in a diverse range of fields of physiotherapynursingpsychologyspeech and language therapysocial care and social work.

We have over 80 current PhD students completing their research on a full- or part-time basis at Manchester Met. 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 of Health, Psychology and Social Care and Research Institute centres around seven broad areas:

Research active, research engaged

Our Faculty staff are research active and are keen to engage and supervise students across a wide range of fields and specialisms. Staff use their research to develop their teaching, and they 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 activities that 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. These include 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, please visit our academic departments: Health ProfessionsNursingPsychology and Social Care & Social Work.

For a general discussion on postgraduate research degrees, contact our team on

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), high quality submissions were made to Unit of Assessment 22 (Social Work and Social Policy) and Unit of Assessment 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) in collaboration with colleagues across the University.

Allied Health Professions research at Manchester Metropolitan University ranked 12th out of 94 universities in the UK. Over 60% of our outputs were deemed internationally excellent or world leading, and 100% of our impact was graded as internationally excellent or world leading.

In Social Work and Social Policy, 60% of our outputs were rated as internationally excellent or world leading, and the strength of our research environment was commended.

Find out more about REF 2014