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The School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences at the University of West London welcomes applications from students who wish to study for a PhD/MPhil research degree in subject areas such as: Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Health and Social Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Physiology, Complementary Medicine, Communicable Diseases, Community Health, and other health and human science related subjects.
Richard Wells Research Centre
The Centre has established a national reputation for quality research within the field of communicable diseases. Specific research interests include evidence-based approaches to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAI), influencing individual and organisational behaviour to promote health protection and patient safety, using novel forms of disease surveillance to enhance infection prevention and control practice, and the care and management of persons with infectious diseases, especially HIV disease and tuberculosis.
Centre researchers have specialist skills and experience in conducting large-scale systematic reviews and incorporating best evidence into Department of Health (DH) national infection prevention and control guidelines and associated National Health Service blended e-learning educational initiatives.
The Centre is continuously engaged in long-term government funded infection prevention and control research projects and is home to the DH National HCAI Research Network which manages DH funded research in this specialism.
The Centre Director is Professor Robert Pratt, an internationally recognised authority on the nursing care of persons with HIV disease and evidence-based infection prevention and control. Dr Carol Pellowe, Deputy Director, and an experienced and cohesive team of senior researchers, research fellows and research assistants, manage the Centre's research programme and provide supervision for research students.
The aim of the PhD/MPhil research programme is to enable research students, nationally and internationally, to explore and critically evaluate related issues to extend the knowledge base of their field and, where applicable, to recommend organisational change of policy.
The programme is designed to build on your existing strengths and to bring you to the leading edge of knowledge in your chosen area of research.
The PhD/MPhil research programme consists of the following stages:
Submission of a short outline research proposal and a brief CV to help us to assess the candidate's suitability, the viability of the topic to be investigated, and to allocate a suitable supervisor to the candidate.
Acceptance of candidate
Once the suitability of the candidate and the topic for investigation has been established, that candidate is accepted onto the programme. A copy of the University Research Regulations, and an enrolment and application form are sent to the candidate to complete and return, with the appropriate annual fee.
During the initial stages of the research proposal, a student's research supervisor will support and guide them to produce a full research proposal for submission to the University Research Degrees Committee, to upgrade their status from enrolled student to formal registration as an MPhil research student.
Research students can study full-time or part-time. The ideal method of completing a PhD is to be a full-time student at all stages. However, for a variety of reasons this may not be possible. It is also possible to mix full and part-time status during the course of the research study.
The minimum entry requirement is a good first degree (First Class or 2.1), or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, plus MA/MSc qualifications, or relevant postgraduate or research experience.
Candidates with other qualifications are required to discuss their eligibility with a member of staff.
International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7 or above. Contact our International Office to find out what international qualifications you need to get onto a course www.uwl.ac.uk/international
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International (non-UK/EU) fees
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- GBP10,995 Find out if you are a home or overseas student.
FundingFind out more about funding, scholarships and bursaries
Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.
During the course
To support you towards the award of PhD/MPhil, your progress is monitored regularly both formally and informally.
Informally, you can expect your supervisor(s) to meet with you regularly to monitor your progress and discuss any concerns you may have.
You will be required, on an annual basis, to write a formal report to the University Research Degrees Committee to highlight your progress and your plans for the future.
Students who are accepted on the programme are allocated one or two supervisors, plus, in many cases, an external supervisor to support and guide them throughout their research. In addition to supervision support, all enrolled research students are able to access the postgraduate diploma course of the University's MSc/PgDip programme in Research Methods, free of charge. This programme is delivered part-time, and is especially useful for students who do not have prior research experience.
The School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences at the University of West London has excellent research links with local health and community services via its system of Learning Communities, in addition to a range of formal and informal subject-based links locally, nationally and internationally.