PhD by Published Work (Route 2) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

How can advances in tracheostomy care impact on the safety and care of the critically ill? What impact does social media have on emergency medical education?

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This is an accelerated route for experienced practitioners and researchers who have a substantial number of publications in a thematically linked area.

Your work should form a body of research and you’ll need to demonstrate at least eight peer-reviewed publications, available in the public domain.

An advisor will help you to adapt this research work and you’ll need to submit a thesis of eight to 12 publications. You’ll also submit a linking narrative that defines the context of the work and how each paper fits into the ‘story’ that the body of work describes. 

You’ll submit a critical commentary of 10,000 – 15,000 words and your work will be examined. You’ll be questioned on aspects of this work and you’ll have the opportunity to respond constructively in a viva voce exam.

Past and current examples of PhD by publication undertaken by medics include: screening for pre-eclampsia; emergency medical education and the interface with social media; advances in multidisciplinary tracheostomy care and their impact on the safety and quality of care in the critically ill.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

You could use your transferrable skills in research, problem solving and communication to work in businesses across the healthcare environment.

You could develop a career in academia and apply for lecturer positions.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a UK masters level qualification (or international equivalent) and a strong record of research publications to enrol in the doctorate programme.

Applicants must submit their papers and a statement indicating the unifying theme of their research and its contribution to knowledge. This will be evaluated and if judged to be of appropriate standard, PhD candidates will be invited to an interview.

Candidates must be graduates (or equivalent) of at least five years with a masters degree, research training or show evidence of having received research training or equivalent experience in their work environment.

Course details

This accelerated route usually takes either six months full-time or twelve months part-time.

It’s designed for experienced practitioners and researchers who can demonstrate extensive experience of independent research and publications in a thematically linked area. As you aren’t creating additional research, you’ll have an advisor rather than a supervisory team (as in Route One).

To apply for this route, you’ll submit your current publications or the sub-set you’d like us to consider. You’ll also need to submit a statement indicating the unifying theme of your research and its contribution to knowledge.

If your work is of the appropriate standard for a PhD, we’ll invite you to an interview to discuss the next steps.

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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: £4,407 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,204 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

UK and EU students: Distance Learning fee: £2,204 to £4,407 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.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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