Health Research (PhD), M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


As a research student, you will be directly involved in the mainstream research of the Faculty. You will receive specialised training relevant to your research topic and methodology. You will be encouraged to take part in a range of more generic courses such as teaching skills, statistical methods and computing.

You will also be encouraged to attend and present lectures and posters at conferences both within the UK and overseas; recent students have attended conferences in the USA and Australia as well as mainland Europe.

For an Integrated Degree (1+3) MRes/PhD study option, please see our listing for the NWDTC funded studentship in Health and Well-being.

Once you have an idea for a topic you'd like to study, there are some basic principles that may prove helpful. Firstly, your research proposal needs to demonstrate a good understanding of your intended research area.

It should also establish an interesting research question and outline how you'll conduct the research. It is expected that most proposals produce new knowledge and it is imperative that you show previous research experience so that the potential supervisor can identify what research you have conducted within a previous degree course.


Lancaster University is the highest placed UK university in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking of the world’s best young universities.

Ranked 10th, a climb of 4 places, Lancaster is the highest ranked of only 14 UK universities to be listed.

Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith welcomed the success: “This is a great result for us as we celebrate Lancaster’s 50th anniversary . Lancaster is a dynamic, young and forward looking university which has seen incredible success in just 50 years.

Other UK universities in the table include Warwick (12th), the University of Essex (22nd), Brunel University (29th) and the University of Bath (joint 34th).

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: “The academy's traditional, ancient elite should be warned – many of the exciting young universities on this forward-looking list do not see their youth as a disadvantage in the global knowledge economy. While they may not have had centuries to accumulate wealth and cannot draw on generations of alumni and rich traditions of scholarship to drive their reputations, they are free from the burdens of history: free to be more agile, lean, flexible and risk-taking, giving them an advantage in a rapidly changing global marketplace; free to offer innovative teaching and focus their research on niche, high-impact areas.”

Lancaster University is also the leading university in the North West according to The Complete University Guide 2015.

Lancaster is ranked 11th in the ranking of 123 UK universities, ahead of all other universities in the North West.

Programme Structure

Assessment: Research training modules (if appropriate). Original research and thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
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Entry requirements: Applicants should hold the minimum of an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13590 International
  • GBP 4121 EU/EEA

Part-time tuition fee:

  • EU: £2,060
  • International: £6,795


The Faculty of Health and Medicine is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for outstanding overseas students wishing to study on a taught Masters level programme. The value of each award will be £1000 per student. Awards will be made for one year only and are conditional on satisfactory progress during the first term of study. These awards are administered by individual Departments.

Applicants wishing to be considered for these awards should apply via the University electronic applications process noting in the section on source of funding that they wish to be considered for 'MSC bursary 2014'.

To be considered for an award, applicants must hold an offer of a place to study in any Department in the Faculty of Health and Medicine by the deadline date and should be due to commence their studies in October. Applicants may only apply for an award for a programme on which they are not already registered.

Scholarship awards will allocated to successful students in the form of a fees reduction.

If you are an Overseas Applicant, the deadline for submitting your application to study on our postgraduate programmes commencing in October in the Faculty of Health and Medicine is 12 August, as from this date there is insufficient time remaining before the start of the programme for us to be able to make a decision in time for you to apply for and obtain a Visa.

Applications from overseas candidates for study on postgraduate programmes with later or flexible start dates will continue to be accepted.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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