Research Degrees in


in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care


Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?

With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in Physiotherapy you will:

  • Work with leading experts in the field. We are a renowned centre for the study of health. In the most recent national research evaluation, 73% of our Allied Health and 60% of our Social Work & Social Policy research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2014). We are in the top 20 universities in the UK for health research power (Research Fortnight).
  • Choose from our flexible study pathways. You can pursue research as a full-time or part-time student. We offer PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research programmes, with different pathways to reflect your academic and professional background.
  • Join a thriving intellectual community. Our new Health, Psychology and Communities research centre brings together researchers across a number of disciplines with the aim of improving the future health and wellbeing of local, national and international communities.
  • Benefit from our facilities and events to support your research. We have a fully equipped acupuncture and physiotherapy clinic, as well as dedicated facilities for postgraduate researchers. Regular seminars and events bring researchers from different disciplines together.
  • Undertake tailored personal and professional development training. You can build your own programme of training to enhance your academic knowledge, expand your research skills, and/or prepare you for practice in the health and social care sectors.

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Areas of supervisory expertise

We can supervise a wide range of projects within the broad area of Physiotherapy. We have particular strengths in:

  • Knee dysfunction
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Musculoskeletal interventions
  • Simulation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical and economic outcomes.

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Research culture

We are home to a vibrant community of established and emerging researchers. We are proud to deliver research that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, applied and impactful. We regularly engage with colleagues in clinical practice, as well as with professional and service user groups. These networks ensure we are delivering solutions that reflect user needs and that meet the latest challenges.

More about our research culture

We have recently launched a number of new research centres to serve as beacons for research excellence. Our Health, Psychology and Communities centre brings seeks to transform health and social care services through theoretical and applied research. Our Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine centre undertakes cutting-edge research to help understand the mechanisms that control human movement.

Our large community of postgraduate researchers are a core part of our research culture. We will encourage you to take part in conferences, seminars and engagement events at Manchester Met and beyond. We will also support you to develop the technical and research skills necessary to excel in your studies. At the centre of our calendar is the annual Faculty Research in High Summer conference which brings together leading researchers and practitioners to discuss the major issues in health and social change.

Courses offered, duration, and start dates

Programmes offered

  • PhD (3 years full time, 6 years part time)
  • Master's by Research (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
  • MPhil (18 months full time, 36 months part time)
  • PhD by Published Work or Professional Practice (course duration varies by route taken and candidate's background).
  • Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (3 years full time, 6 years part time).

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Start dates

The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.

Career prospects

A research degree with us can help you to deepen your professional practice, or prepare you for pursuing a new career within the health and social care sectors. Qualified therapists often begin careers within the NHS, although our graduates are equipped with skills and knowledge for a wide range of roles.

Course structure

This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.

Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.

Fees and funding

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Postgraduate Research Degrees Fees

Please refer to our Fees page for more information about tuition fees.

Loans for research degrees

Many of our PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes are eligible for the government's Doctoral Loan Scheme. MPhil and MA/MSc by Research degrees are eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

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Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Health and Social Care are advertised on our site.

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Entry requirements

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You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.

International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.

We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.

See more about our standard entry requirements.


Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Professor Francis Fatoye,, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for the Department of Health Professions.

For further information on the application process, contact the Admissions team, +44 (0)161 247 2966

How to apply

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The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

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