Institute of Health & Society

Study for a PhD at IHS

Study for a PhD or MD

IHS is a lively and thriving research environment, with over 120 students studying full-time or part-time for a postgraduate research degree – PhD, MD or MPhil – at any one time. All postgraduate research students are fully integrated into the life of the Institute, working alongside academic staff, postdoctoral and early career researchers and research colleagues, taught programme students, and clinical and other trainees, and joining with them in addressing active issues. Our students are funded by the MRC, ESRC, EPSRC, the NIHR, a range of international sponsors, and other prestigious funders.

The Institute is divided into research themes, very broadly covering (i) health through the lifecourse and (ii) public health, public policy, and health inequalities, with (iii) data and health sciences providing methodological grounding. All postgraduate research students have a supervisory team of at least two supervisors, providing complementary content area and methodological expertise. Where appropriate, we facilitate students working across other institutes and faculties in the University.

Many of our students subsequently take up postdoctoral research posts within Newcastle University or elsewhere, while others move to positions in academia or health services in the UK and around the world.

We are always pleased to hear from potential students from a wide range of backgrounds, subject to fit with our expertise. For more information see

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

or contact Prof Elaine McColl

We are also open to co-supervision of postgraduate research degrees in other disciplines

Ageing MPhil, PhD, MD
Dentistry and Dental Sciences MPhil, PhD
Economics MPhil, PhD
Food and Human Nutrition MPhil, PhD
Pharmacy MPhil, PhD, MD
Psychology MPhil, PhD
Medicine and Surgery MPhil, PhD, MD
Sociology MPhil, PhD
Speech and Language Sciences MPhil, PhD

Please note that an offer of a place to study a PhD is not also an offer of funding