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About our programmes

By choosing to research health, nursing or midwifery as a postgraduate at Hull you will be joining a vibrant and supportive research community. The Faculty of Health and Social Care offers high quality postgraduate research opportunities to students from a range of professional backgrounds. We are a rapidly expanding faculty with more than 115 academic staff, with diverse research interests and methodological expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. Our growing community of full- and part-time research students benefits from the guidance of a strong team of committed and experienced supervisors and a lively and supportive and research setting.

We offer the following postgraduate research options:

MPhil Nursing and Health Studies

This programme is for nurses, midwives and members of related professions who wish to undertake a complex research project under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. It is aimed at professionals, such as nurse consultants or clinical specialists - who wish to develop their research skills to a high level and apply them in the context of their work, or those who wish to develop a career in higher education.

PhD Nursing and Health Studies

A PhD is the ultimate form of student-centred learning. This programme is for nurses, midwives and related professionals who wish to undertake a complex and original independent research project under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. It is aimed at professionals who wish to develop advanced research skills with a view to becoming independent researchers, or those who wish to develop a career in higher education.

Research supervisors


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MPhil 2 years 3 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


The main research activities in the School of Health and Social Work are carried out within the following groups:

Health Technology, Innovation and Intervention

  • Feeding difficulty in older people with dementia
  • Nursing workforce development
  • Instrument development
  • Practices in continence care and infection control

Maternal, Reproductive, Relationships and Sexual Health

  • Psychological impact of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Complementary methods in maternity settings
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Psycho-sexual health
  • Sex education and sexual health awareness in care settings
  • Asexuality
  • Healthcare law and ethics
  • Military medical ethics
  • Public health and health visiting

Wellbeing in Long-term Conditions

  • Skin health and skin integrity
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Medicines management
  • Behaviour change interventions

We particularly welcome applications in these areas but are very happy to discuss any potential project.

PhD/MPhil enquiries:

Dr. Moira Graham


+44 (0)1482 464514

"The teaching staff have helped me bring together my skills and experiences and apply them to my studies and practice. Studying at Hull gave me the chance to shine.”

Timothy Buescher, PhD Health Studies

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £16,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline, plus appropriate experience in a professional environment.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.