Postgraduate

Public Health Epidem Health Serv Res MPhil PhD MD

Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research MPhil, PhD, MD

MPhil - full time: minimum 12 months, part time: minimum 24 months
PhD - full time: minimum 36 months, part time: minimum 72 months
MD - full time: normally 24 months, part time: normally 48 months

Profile

The Institute of Health and Society has an international reputation in translational research aimed at promoting evidence-based policy and practice for the benefit of patient and population health. Postgraduate research supervision is available in applied epidemiology, decision making and organisation of care, life-course, development and ageing, and public health improvement.

Research in the Institute of Health and Society (IHS) is organised into four themes and underpinned by four discipline groups. As a research student, you will be fully integrated in a theme or group. You will have a team of supervisors, including clinicians or policy makers from a range of health and social care settings. Current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles.

Themes

Applied epidemiology

The applied epidemiology theme contributes to the understanding, prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable disease across the life course. Research areas include:

  • maternal and perinatal health
  • childhood cancer
  • life course epidemiology

Decision making and organisation of care

Decision making and organisation of care brings together social and behavioural science, and clinical expertise to conduct applied health research.  Research areas include:

  • implementation/improvement science
  • shared decision making/patient-centred care
  • experience of health, illness and healthcare

Life-course, development and ageing

Life-course, development and ageing explores healthy ageing, from development in childhood and the consequences of disability, to the health and wellbeing of the oldest old (85 and over).  Research areas include:

  • ageing and health
  • transitions in health and disability
  • understanding child disability
  • improving quality of life
  • technologies and the environment
  • cognitive impairment and dementia

Public health improvement

The public health improvement theme conducts applied health research with a focus on the development, evaluation and translation of health interventions. Research areas include:

  • understanding and tackling health inequalities
  • understanding and changing health related behaviours
  • evaluation of public health policy
  • public health nutrition
  • prevention of alcohol misuse

Discipline groups

Health economics

The Health Economics Group conducts research aimed at improving the allocation of scarce health and social care resources, tackling inequalities in access to care and health, applying and developing research to better measure the benefits of health and social care. Research areas include:

  • evaluating benefits/quantifying preferences in for health and health care
  • development and application of economic evaluation
  • commissioning and priority setting in health care
  • econometric applications in studies of health, with a focus on income and health inequalities

Health psychology

The Health Psychology Research Group focuses on behavioural and psychological processes in health and health care. The group's research includes work on methodology, theory and the development and evaluation of interventions, contributing to both scientific and practice agendas. Research areas include:

  • causes of behaviour relevant to health and health care
  • behavioural theory
  • modifying behaviour, emotion and cognition
  • complex behavioural interventions for health and health care
  • knowledge translation in health care.

Medical sociology

The Medical Sociology Group is theoretically and methodologically broad ranging. The group applies different theoretical sociological approaches dependent upon the subject under research. Research areas include:

  • individual patients’ and carers’ experiences of health and health care
  • evaluation of health care organisation and work
  • implementation of health care technologies


Health technology evaluation

The Health Technology Evaluation Group conducts research into healthcare methods and interventions including:

  • screening procedures
  • drugs
  • medical devices
  • surgery
  • therapy interventions
  • behaviour change interventions
  • organisation and delivery of health care

This is done through systematic reviews, rigorously designed clinical trials and process evaluations, multi-method feasibility studies and other high quality designs. Research areas include:

  • feasibility of health technologies
  • acceptability of health technologies
  • efficacy and effectiveness of health technologies
  • comparisons of health technologies
  • health technology evaluation methods

Pharmacy

Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.

We will be offering the following PhD projects:

 

Delivery

Attendance on campus is flexible, agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of your research project. You are expected to undertake 40 hours of work per week with an annual holiday entitlement of 35 days, which includes statutory and bank holidays.

You will receive formal, high quality subject-specific and generic skills training with modules including:

  • quantitative and qualitative methods
  • health and health care policy
  • health economics
  • health care quality

We have a thriving postgraduate community with friendly and supportive relations between students and staff. Although formal supervision takes place once a month, you will be encouraged to present your studies to your research theme and to the wider Institute.

Our Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) silver award was renewed in 2014. This recognises good employment practice and the promotion of women working in science, engineering and technology.

Student profile

I would definitely recommend my course to my friends. I am now four months into my PhD and I've really been enjoying it so far. My supervisors have been extremely supportive and helpful.

Sebastian's student profile
Sebastian

Related Degrees

  • Public Health and Health Services Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert

    This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and/or Health Services Research in the UK or internationally with the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad), local government, the voluntary sector or academic health care.

  • Epidemiology MRes

    Our Epidemiology MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

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Training & Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.

Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.

You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.

Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership

The Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and offers:

  • researchers the opportunity to address scientific biosciences questions
  • an exceptional programme of research training, emphasising the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology
  • the latest technologies and facilities to deliver world-class results

Each year we award around 22 fully-funded studentships across the partnership on the following research themes:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
  • Bioscience for Health
  • World Class Underpinning Bioscience

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics

 The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics offers MRes plus PhD studentshipsYou will be trained in the design, deployment and evaluation of community driven digital technologies and services.
 
The CDT in Digital Civics brings together a wealth of expertise and is a collaboration between five of the University’s leading research centres in the following areas: Human Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computingsecurity, privacy and trust ; teaching and learning; planning and public health and social care.
 
It is a unique partnership between Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Northumberland County Council, as well as a range of local, national and global industry and third sector partners

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK

Full time: £4,800 - £12,400
Part time: £2,400 - £6,200

EU

Full time: £4,800 - £12,400
Part time: £2,400 - £6,200

International

Full time £21,000 - £28,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Fee ranges

Our fee range takes into account your research topic and resource requirements.

Your research topic is unique and as such will have unique resource requirements. Resources could include specialist equipment, such as laboratory/workshop access, or technical staff.

If your research involves accessing specialist resources then you're likely to pay a higher fee. You'll discuss the exact nature of your research project with your supervisor(s). You'll find out the fee in your offer letter.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

MPhil

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.

PhD

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.  Further research experience or a Master’s degree would be advantageous.

MD

A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Find a research supervisor from the Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School Office.

Start dates

Students usually commence their studies in September, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Janice Fuller
Postgraduate Administrator
Institute for Health and Society
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8754
Email: postgrad.ihs@ncl.ac.uk