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PhD/MPhil Healthcare Management

 

Course Overview

Healthcare Management focuses on examining the management, leadership, and improvement of health services, with specific attention on how effectively they provide treatment for individuals with physical and/or mental illnesses, or whether they seek to improve the health of the population through prevention and health promotion strategies. Studying for a PhD or MPhil is a truly challenging and deeply rewarding experience, and University of Newcastle provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your research studies.

Key Features

A research degree gives you the chance to pursue a research project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career or boost employment prospects outside academia.  

Research degrees typically last from three years (full-time study) to six years (part-time) for a PhD, or two years (full-time) to four years (part-time) for an MPhil.  Key features include:

·        An environment in which you can develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem solving, independent thinking, project management, and critical thinking.

·        The support of two academic supervisors throughout your studies.

·        The availability of structured training, interdisciplinary seminars, dedicated research facilities and software from both the College and University.

·        Support from a dynamic community of research staff and students each pursuing their own lines of research.

·        Assessment by means of a thesis of up to 100,000 words which must demonstrate the student’s capacity to pursue original research and should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject. This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).

You can gain an insight into what studying for a research degree will involve, and hear about other students experiences, in our latest brochure.

The most recent UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in HEI’s (the Research Assessment Exercise 2008), revealed that 70% of the research carried out by the College was of international or world-leading quality.  With our research into the health disciplines demonstrating outstanding quality in originality, significance and rigour, students can be assured that they will be immersed in the dynamic and supportive research culture needed for their studies.  

Description

Healthcare Management focusses on examining the management, leadership, and improvement of health services, with specific attention on how effectively they provide treatment for individuals with physical and/or mental illnesses, or whether they seek to improve the health of the population through prevention and health promotion strategies.

Recent examples of student research in this field include research into patient and public involvement, data security in information systems, and improved methods for evaluating large capital expenditures in health care.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the PhD programme would normally have, or be studying for a Master’s degree, while our MPhil programme requires a first or upper second degree in a discipline related to the proposed research project, or a relevant, approved postgraduate qualification.  In some cases, there may be opportunities for MPhil students to continue their studies as a PhD student.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office is happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email  for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at UNC. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the UNC English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.5 in each component).

How to Apply

As part of your application you should include a research proposal outlining your proposed topic of study. 

Applicants can expect to be interviewed following their application to discuss their topic of research and ensure they demonstrate the necessary level of commitment to their studies and training.

Please note that it is advisable that you contact us before submitting your application.  This will ensure we can identify appropriate supervisors, and where necessary work with you to refine your proposal.  If you would like to do this you should contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Duration

PhD: Typically three years in duration (full-time) or six years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

MPhil: Typically two years in duration (full-time) or four years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research. In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

 

Assessment

PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area. This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area.  This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).

Research

Delivering high quality research is a key step in enhancing the health, social and economic well-being of all sections of society. It is essential that decisions on policy and practice are informed by the latest research findings and evidence available if we hope to improve organisational effectiveness and sustainability, social welfare and cohesion, and quality of life.

Through our cutting edge research, the College of Human and Health Sciences is bringing about real-life benefits for the health care, social care, voluntary and private sectors, ultimately leading to improvements for patients, users, practitioners, managers and policy makers.                                                     `

Our research is delivered through discipline focussed research centres. In doing so, we have secured funding from a number of prestigious collaborators and funding bodies in recent years such as the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, Public Health Wales. These collaborations have been crucial in ensuring research informs, and is informed by, the wider healthcare environment.

 

 

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