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
Health Services Management PhD/MPhil
Writing a proposal for HSMC
Social science, social policy and social theory are at the heart of Health Services Management Centre's academic contribution. Successful postgraduate research proposals engage directly with the research interests of HSMC supervisors. A list of supervisors and their interests is provided below. When writing your proposal, consider whether HSMC academics already published books and articles in an area that is related to some of your key ideas? Are they researching and presenting papers in your research area? Are they using a methodology that could underpin your project?
Download a copy of our brochure 'Postgraduate Research at the School of Social Policy', 2016 (PDF)
Supervisor research interests
Qualitative, mixed methods and participatory research methods. Social care, older people, prevention, health sociology, experience of illness, long-term conditions.
Health and social care leadership, ethical leadership, mental health, virtue ethics, phronesis (practical wisdom).
Qualitative methods, elite interviewing. Health policy, medical professionalism, health inequality, policy implementation.
Qualitative methods - particularly place-based methods, such as ethnography, shadowing, situating interviewing. Mixed methods - particularly those with a clear link to theoretical perspectives such as Bourdieu, critical realism. Emancipatory methods - anti-oppresive, critical, feminist methodologies and questions.
Complementary and alternative medicine; community-based health care workforce (e.g. pharmacy, outreach workers, health trainers, health visitors, community nursing, midwifery); health risks and public health; primary care workforce (GPs, nursing, receptionists, practice managers).
Health and social care policy, community care, personalisation, joint working.
Decommissioning healthcare; social value and impact measurement; personalisation in adult social care; the changing relationship between the state and third sector in public service delivery.
Organisational aspects of quality and safety; cultures, incentives and policies. Mixed methods approaches.
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Integration, working across third and statutory care sectors, change management.
Social care, co-production, personalisation, public sector workforce, interpretive policy analysis.
Health and social care policy; mental health transformation, equalities; patient and public involvement; advocacy and service user involvement; commissioning for mental health and wellbeing.
Welfare regimes; history of health policy; geography of public service provision; theoretical developments in the welfare state; public sector partnerships; equality in the welfare state; decentralisation of public provision; consumerism and citizenship; health care workforce issues.
Health purchasing and commissioning; primary care policy and management; integrated care/older people's care; international comparisons in health policy and organisation. Evaluation of policy and practice interventions in health care.
Methods: Case study approaches, survey, focus group, participatory action research, policy analysis, Delphi research. Resource allocation in health care; priority setting; decommissioning in health care; population decision making in health care.
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).
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.