Institute of Health & Society




The Institute of Health & Society provides a superb environment for study. Some of the UK’s leading researchers in ageing and the lifecourse, public health, health inequalities, health systems, and health improvement and behaviour change are joined by experts in applied health and data sciences. The Institute is an anchor for health studies and for health improvement in Newcastle and the North East, with extensive research with doctors and health professionals, and patients, carers, and the public.

The Institute is also active in global health research, with collaborators and activities in all continents. Projects include ageing and dementia in India and Malaysia, neurological conditions in East Africa, alcohol and substance misuse in Latin America, access to medicines and rational medicines use in India, Uganda, and Brazil, and mhealth initiatives across Africa.

The deep local engagement has built the skills and insights we need for global work, which in turn brings perspective to local issues.

Our students are taught by our leading staff, and will learn about the latest developments in their subject areas, and they can contribute to active research projects. Students come from the North East, the UK, and many countries around the world, with backgrounds in subjects from medicine and the health professions to biosciences, politics, and geography.

Postgraduate and intercalated study

Postgraduate research and training (PhD, MD, MPhil)

We would be very pleased to hear from you if you would like to study for a PhD, MD, or MPhil with us - we have over 120 students working towards a postgraduate research degree here at any one time. Find out more

If you want to develop research skills to lay the groundwork for a PhD or other research, you might be interested in studying a taught MSc or research MRes.

Higher professional medical training

The Institute is an accredited training location for medical trainees, and welcomes enquiries not just from those in public health and general practice, but from any medical specialty. Find out more

Our staff also teach on the MBBS, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, postgraduate clinical research programmes, and on other MRes programmes.

Continuing professional development

We are keen that we share our knowledge and research widely among health professionals and researchers. We deliver short course and accept a range of students onto individual modules of our taught programmes for continuing professional development. Find out more