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 five core Areas of Work.

HSMC Co-Directors of Research Degrees: Dr Nicola Gale (Current Students and Supervisor) and Dr Ross Millar (PhD Admissions).

Our Research degrees

Health 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 service management and health care policy are invited to apply, outlining their special interests. As part of their application, [more...]

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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).  


In accordance with University codes of practice, students receive joint supervision from a supervisory team of two academics, and continuation on the programme is subject to a successful annual review of progress.  

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 Co-Directors for further information: Dr Nicola Gale ( and Dr Ross Millar (