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.
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
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
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.
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
- medical devices
- 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
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:
- Targeting Biosynthetic and Regulatory Pathways of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis as Novel Drug Targets
- Design, Synthesis and Target Identification of Novel Anti-Tubercular Agents
- Activity-Based Chemical Probes for the Profiling of Cytochrome P450s
- Development of Novel Silanediol HDAC Inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer
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.
We have a variety of learning and study spaces in the Baddiley-Clark Building and the Medical School. You will have access to video conference facilities and a dedicated audio-visual room for analysing both audio and video information.
You choose to be based with your research theme or in our Postgraduate Student Room, with computers and printers. You have access to an extensive range of specialist software.
We also host the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service North East.
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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
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800 - £12,400
Part time: £2,400 - £6,200
Full time: £4,800 - £12,400
Part time: £2,400 - £6,200
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 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a Master’s degree would be advantageous.
A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.
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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
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
Students usually commence their studies in September, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged.
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.