MSc by Research Health and Social Care

The Course

This MSc by Research degree provides an opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge in a particular field of study. You will have the freedom and flexibility to choose and develop your own subject area and the opportunity to enhance your highly transferable research and project management skills.

The postgraduate research team within the School of Health and Social Care are committed to providing the best possible experience for their students. You will have the chance to work alongside experienced academics who will guide you through the research process and support you with your personal and professional development in order to maximise your career opportunities on graduation.

You will have opportunities to meet with and discuss your project with other research students both within the school and across the university. There are regular opportunities to attend research seminars hosted by the research groups within the School and College. The School also has close ties with the University’s central Doctoral School who provide a wealth of training opportunities for all research students and the opportunity to present your work at their annual research showcase.

We are open to discussion about research ideas in all areas of health and social care, and will endeavour to support prospective students wherever we can reasonably do so in terms of supervision capacity and expertise.

Below are some of the research areas where members of the team have particular expertise and would be happy to take on new students;

  • Health economics
  • Healthcare workforce planning and development
  • Trauma, critical and emergency care
  • Pre-hospital care
  • Mental health
  • Addiction
  • Hospital acquired infections
  • Health inequalities
  • Teaching and learning in health and social care
  • Nurse education
  • Inter-professional education and multi-agency working
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Service evaluation, transformation and quality improvement
As this is a research degree there is no formal taught content on the programme. You will work with a carefully selected supervision team who will support you to develop your subject and research methods knowledge, and to execute your research project.

Full time students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least 12 times in a calendar year (six times for part time students). The length and frequency of your supervision meetings will depend on your existing research experience; the preferred approach of you and your supervisor and your stage of study. In between supervision meetings students are expected to study independently. As a Master’s level research student you will need to be self-motivated and able to use your initiative to identify and address your learning needs.

This programme is assessed by the submission of a written thesis (maximum 25,000 words), and normally an oral examination (viva voce). You will be examined by two examiners, one internal and one external to the University. Following the oral examination it may be necessary to undertake some amendments to your thesis in order to completely satisfy the criteria for award.
Applications should be made through the online system, which can be accessed through the Apply Online button.

You will need to submit a research proposal that outlines your proposed topic of study, the rationale for your research question and an indication of the research methods that you will use. We strongly encourage you to make contact with the School postgraduate lead or postgraduate research administrator prior to application who will be able to provide you with further advice and information about potential supervisors.

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263


2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £15,300 £7,650
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,300 £6,650
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,219 £2,219


* Academic year August – July

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

A minimum upper second class honours degree in a related subject.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this research programme, students may receive support from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Academic Contact

Dr Kelly Sisson +44(0)1522 837128

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

You may choose to continue to build your research skills by pursuing a research career in either the academic or non-academic sectors. A wide range of industries and organisations look to employ graduates with research and analytical skills and the ability to manage complex and large scale projects.

Some students may decide to move onto to further study, building on the knowledge base established during the MSc by Research programme. Most commonly this would be a PhD, but there may be other options within your specific career area.

If you are already in employment, successfully gaining your Master's by Research may open up new opportunities and routes to progression.


An exciting new development for the School, the Sarah Swift Building, is a £19m investment into a dedicated facility for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses high-quality teaching, research, social and learning spaces for both Schools.

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.