Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4. PhD: 3-6 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

HLTHSTRP

MPhil/PhD Health and Social Care Research Opportunities

This programme is designed to develop the research and critical-thinking skills that can benefit you in your future career.

Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4. PhD: 3-6 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

HLTHSTRP

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Zahid Asghar - Programme Leader

Dr Zahid Asghar - Programme Leader

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD Health and Social Care Research Opportunities

The MPhil/PhD programme provides candidates with an opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge in a particular field of study. Students will have the freedom and flexibility to choose and develop their own subject area and enhance 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. Students are able to work alongside experienced academics who can help guide them through the research process and offer support on personal and professional development in order to maximise career opportunities on graduation.

Students are able to meet with and discuss their 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 wider College. The School also has close ties with the University’s central Doctoral School, which provides a wealth of training programmes for all research students and the chance to present work at the annual research showcase.

How You Study

As this is a research degree there is no formal taught content on the programme. Students will work with a carefully selected supervision team who will support them to develop their subject and research methods knowledge, and to execute their 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 supervision meetings will depend on existing research experience, the preferred approach of student and supervisor, and the stage of study. In between meetings, students are expected to study independently. PhD students need to be self-motivated and able to use their initiative to identify and address their own learning needs.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How you are assessed

This programme is assessed by the submission of a written thesis (maximum 80,000 words), and normally an oral examination (viva voce). Students will be examined by two examiners, one internal to the University and one external. Following the oral examination it may be necessary to undertake some amendments to the thesis in order to completely satisfy the criteria for award.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

A minimum of an upper Second Class honours degree or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

However, in some cases we will consider applicants who do not have a Masters’ qualification but do have relevant experience. Those interested should contact the programme leader.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

The School is happy to consider research ideas in all areas of health and social care, and will endeavour to support prospective students wherever it 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
  • Public health and health promotion
  • Inter-professional education and multi-agency working
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Service evaluation, transformation and quality improvement

Examples of recent research projects include:

  • Prevalence of mental health disorder in a probation population.
  • Self-management in people living with and beyond cancer in a rural and urban setting.
  • Improving pain management in pre-hospital care.
  • Supporting asylum seekers through effective social work practice. A case study in Sao Paulo.

How to Apply

Applications should be made through the online system. This can be accessed through the 'Apply Now' button.

Students will need to submit a research proposal that outlines their proposed topic of study, the rationale for their research question, and an indication of the research methods that will be used. We strongly encourage applicants to make contact with the School’s Postgraduate Research Lead or Postgraduate Research Administrator prior to application as they will be able to provide further advice and information about potential supervisors.

Career and Personal Development

Students may choose to continue to build their 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.

If you are already in employment, successfully gaining your PhD may open up new opportunities and routes to progression.

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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.
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