PhD (by Dissertation) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

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This is the conventional route to a PhD degree. Students need to supply a research
theme and synopsis of their proposed research to the University. If we have the academic
expertise to supervise the proposed research, the applicant will be interviewed. If this is
successful, and the student has appropriate financial support to fund their proposal, the
PhD request is accepted and the student allocated a supervisory team. Students who do
not have an appropriate Masters level qualification prior to entry, will be advised to enrol
on an MPhil then apply to transfer to the PhD later on.

The supervisory team consists of a Director of Studies and either one or two additional
supervisors. We aim for a mix of knowledge and skills within the team, to cover both
subject area expertise and appropriate research methods.

There are no fixed units of study, but a programme of research methods training will be
agreed between the student and the supervisory team. The supervisory team will meet
with the student on a regular basis to discuss progress, provide feedback and identify any
issues. There is also an independent annual review of progress. This programme of study
usually takes either three years (full time) or six years (part time) to complete. The student
will submit a thesis approximately 80,000 words in length which they will defend in a viva
voce examination.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a UK Master’s level qualification (or international equivalent) to enrol in the doctorate programme. Applicants must submit a research proposal, and provided that appropriate supervision is available, candidates will be invited to an interview. 

Course details

  • Health and Social Care Policy
  • Some Psychology
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • A Critical Look at Research Methods
  • Change Management
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Projects, Proposals and Practice
  • Development 

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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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £4,260 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,130 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

Additional Information

A Master's qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Taught tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). Research tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Other Costs

There are no additional costs barring those relating to data collection, which are the students own responsibility, and which will vary hugely depending on the duration and nature of the research

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


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