Research degrees

HSMC offers the opportunity to study for research degrees (MPhil and PhD) in a wide variety of topics relating to health services policy and management within the Department’s Areas of Work.

Our Research degrees

PG Research at the School of Social PolicyHealth Services Management PhD/MPhil

We offer two types of research degree: a Health Services Management MPhil and PhD. Prospective applicants for research degrees in any aspect of health services management and health care policy are invited to apply, outlining their special interests. As part of their application, candidates will need to submit an outline proposal of their research topic. All research degree programmes may be undertaken either by full time study or, for home and EU students only, by part time study.

Download a copy of our brochure 'Postgraduate Research at the School of Social Policy', 2016 (PDF)

Entry Requirements

Entry to our research degree programme ordinarily requires a Masters degree, although post-qualification experience will also be taken into account when considering applicants. Ordinarily, students are initially registered on the MPhil Programme and transfer across to PhD on successful completion of the first year.

Both research degree programmes may be undertaken by full-time study or, for Home and EC students only, by part-time study. A PhD takes a minimum of three year’s full-time study (six years part-time study) and MPhil – two year’s full-time study (4 years part-time).  


All postgraduate researchers are assigned two supervisors with complementary expertise and experience to support and guide you through your PhD. You will meet with them at least once a month (or every two months if registered part time).  

Further Information

If you have a particular research interest in pursuing an MPhil or PhD in Health Services Management please feel free to contact our HSMC Postgraduate Research Director Dr Kerry Allen,, for further information.