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Phd Integrated in Clinical and Health Research


Our individually tailored Integrated PhD in Clinical and Health Research focuses on developing highly skilled research-led innovators in healthcare.

It is multiprofessional, offers a tailored approach to studying for a PhD, and includes comprehensive research methods training.

Introducing your degree

This innovative programme is particularly suitable if you are seeking to build on your essential research skills to develop high level methodological expertise and skills for applied research. It is flexible and student-centred, with an intermediate award of MRes Clinical and Health Research. Having completed an intensive modular training programme, you will submit an original piece of research for your doctoral thesis. Individualised support will be provided by a team of two supervisors in a faculty with a thriving postgraduate research community and close links clinical practice partners. You can complete the Integrated PhD over four to five years full time, or seven to eight years part time.

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.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

For further information on this health sciences doctorate programme, please contact PhD Programme Lead Dr Tracey Harding or Dr Nikki Jarrett or Dr Ruth Turk (Deputies).

You can apply to register to undertake a postgraduate degree using our online application here for further information call +44 (0)23 8059 5500 or email


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 on PhD Research Doctorate page

Selection process

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

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 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). 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).

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.

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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This multi-disciplinary programme is your opportunity to move your career forward by strengthening your research abilities. It will benefit those who aspire to a clinical academic career or a leadership role in healthcare practice, research and education.

If your ambition is to conduct clinical research at the very highest level, the Integrated PhD in Clinical and Health research could be the key to your success. This research doctorate is especially suitable for nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, health care educators, managers, health scientists and social scientists, looking to carry out research related to health and social care.

As part of the programme, you will follow the Research Development Framework closely, which will help you to make important decisions about your ongoing career development.

Study locations

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