Here at Health Sciences our Integrated PhD is flexible and student-centred, with an intermediate award of MRes Clinical and Health Research, and an integrated system of progression reviews to facilitate progress towards a PhD.
It will also help you to achieve the core competencies relating to research detailed within the NHS knowledge and skills framework, as well as the competency framework for clinical research nurses.
As an Integrated PhD student you will receive individualised support and supervision from two recognised research experts.
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For further information on this health sciences doctorate programme, please contact PhD Programme Lead Dr Tracey Harding T.A.Harding@soton.ac.uk or Dr Nikki Jarrett or Dr Ruth Turk (Deputies).
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You will complete a rigorous programme of required modules in applied health care research, along with another module of your choice.
Finally you will submit an original piece of research for your doctoral thesis. This will evidence sophisticated analysis and research-based conclusions.
Our Research Groups
Active Living and Rehabilitation
Complex Healthcare Processes
Fundamental Care and Safety
Health Work and Systems
Typical entry requirements
Candidates for the programme must satisfy the post-graduate Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in the General Regulations. The University welcomes applications from students who meet the entry requirements and who can demonstrate financial support for their studies.
In addition, the normal requirement for entry to the Integrated PhD is a good first degree (first or second class) in a relevant subject from an approved University or institution of higher education.
In accordance with University policy, applicants for whom English is a second language must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English. The minimum requirement for direct entry on the programme is 6.5 IELTS overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each discipline (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Entry requirements via the University’s pre-sessional English language programme are available at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences/postgraduate/research_degrees/degrees/mphil_phd_research.page.
All candidates must satisfy the Programme Director that they are competent to pursue the programme. Candidates must also be approved by the Faculty in which they will be supervised for their empirical work. The right to refuse permission shall be reserved to the Programme Director.
The Admissions Process
All prospective candidates are required to complete an application form, indicating their reasons for wishing to enrol and outlining ideas for their proposed research project. The names of two referees, who can comment on their academic ability and clinical experience, are requested. Applicants will be interviewed either in person, by phone, or on-line (e.g. Skype) prior to acceptance.
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Typical course content
Our individually tailored Integrated PhD in Clinical and Health Research focuses on developing highly skilled research-led innovators in healthcare.
The programme can be taken either full- or part-time. The minimum time for completion of the programme will be 4 years (full-time) and 7 years (part-time). The maximum time will be 5 years (full-time) and 8 years (part-time) (http://sp2010anon.soton.ac.uk/sites/ese/quality_handbook/Handbook/Integrated%20PhD%20Programmes.aspx). There will be one cohort per year, commencing in October.
Part 1 of the programme (Year 1 full-time, Years 1-2 part-time) focuses on research training modules.
When you have successfully completed Part 1, you will be eligible for an intermediate award of MRes Clinical & Health Research.
Part 2 of the programme (Years 2-4 full-time, Years 3-7 part-time) integrates professional and transferable skills training with the process of research and thesis preparation.
Modules contributing to Part 1 are:
1. HLTH6177 Designing and Conducting Clinical Research (10 ECTS)
2. HLTH6110 Applied Qualitative Research Methods (10 ECTS)
3. HLTH6111 Applied Quantitative Research Methods (10 ECTS)
4. HLTH6114 Clinical Research in Practice (10 ECTS)
5. HLTH6116 Developing Research Skills (10 ECTS)
6. One choice of required module (10 ECTS) taken from the FoHS portfolio of M-level modules†
7. HLTH8012 Research Dissertation (30 ECTS)
The Research Dissertation module is offered at Level 8 and completion of this module will entitle you to the intermediate award of MRes in Clinical & Health Research. While undertaking this module, you will be supported by an action learning group (ALG), facilitated by an experienced member of academic staff, together with other members of your cohort. The purpose of the ALG will be to rehearse with you and critically reflect upon key research skills and values, and to formatively address the process of developing and implementing a small piece of original research. This piece of research will act as a bridge to your doctoral research project by giving you the opportunity to develop methodological expertise and the skills of a researcher in the field, and by, for example generating a key dataset, piloting techniques, or assessing feasibility relevant to future work.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be granted up to a maximum of one third of a Masters programme (30 ECTS) (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/quality/assessment/prior_learning.page).
The following credit structure of 270 ECTS credit points is set out in the University guidance on Integrated PhD programmes:
• 60 ECTS credit points may be undertaken at FHEQ Level 7 during Year 1 (full-time) or Years 1-2 (part-time);
• 30 ECTS credit points must be undertaken at FHEQ Level 8 by the end of Year 3;
• 180 ECTS credit points are notionally allocated to thesis preparation at FHEQ Level 8.
Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 (full-time) or Year 2 to Year 3 (part-time) is dependent on passing all Level 7 modules (60 ECTS credit points) and completion of the level 8 Research Dissertation module (30 ECTS credit points).
Professional and transferrable skills are a key part of the required modules. We will support you to consider the advantages of developing professional and transferrable skills when choosing your additional module.
In addition, the Faculty through its seminars, workshops, and postgraduate forums, and Researcher Development and Training Centre through Gradbook, offers a wide range of further opportunities for experience and learning in the use of communication and information technology, writing for academic purposes, presentation skills for researchers, and teaching in higher education.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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