University of Stirling PhD

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University of Stirling PhD

University of Stirling PhD

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is commitment to creating a vibrant research community. PhD students have the opportunity to be supervised by some of the leading academics in their field.

Becoming part of an international research community, PhD students benefit from the knowledge and experience of two doctoral supervisors and access to state-of-the-art support facilities.

We attract research income from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Linked to our research groupings is an extensive portfolio of research training.  These opportunities range from our MRes programme to Clinical Doctorate and full and part-time PhD programmes. Opportunities for achieving your PhD by publication are also available.

In supporting its Masters and PhD research students the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport aims to:

  • provide a stimulating and varied environment for research students.
  • provide both full and part-time research students with excellent support and supervision to successfully complete their research degree within the required period.
  • advance knowledge within health and social care with a particular focus on patients and/or clients.
  • improve the health and illness experience of individuals and their carers, whilst building the capacity and capability of researchers from health professions and the social sciences.

Students will benefit from the opportunity to study with a research group engaged in health and social care research.   Research within the Faculty falls within five themes/groups and research students will be linked to one or more of the Faculty’s research programmes or centres.

Clinical staff and service users are at the core of our research and play an important part in research development and activities. This collaborative approach to research helps ensure that our focus remains relevant to service users and clinical work across a wide range of specialities and processes.

Applied research and multi-disciplinary research are encouraged within the Faculty and there is a commitment to theoretical and methodological advancement. Innovation is encouraged.  A range of research design and methods are utilised within the Faculty including systematic reviews, experimental design, longitudinal, cross-sectional, ethnographic and participatory approaches. School staff can offer expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, including action research. The Faculty has wide-ranging national and international research links, all of which create a lively environment for research students.

The process

Students initially register for a higher degree by research. Registration at Masters (MPhil) or Doctorate (PhD) level is determined through a formal review which is carried out towards the end of the equivalent of one year’s full time study.

We aim to provide both full- and part-time students with the necessary support and supervision to successfully complete their research degree. Students accepted at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport to undertake postgraduate research will be allocated a principal and additional supervisor who are specialists in their field.

The University of Stirling has a graduate support facility for postgraduate students – Stirling Graduate Research School (SGRS), which provides academic and social support.

Modes of study

Full time: PhD 3 years, MPhil 2 Years
Part time study is also available over a longer period

Submission of a PhD thesis of not more than 80 thousand words is followed by a viva voce examination.

Entrance requirements

The entrance requirement is normally a good upper second class Degree or equivalent. Applicants should have an Honours Degree or a Higher Degree from a University or institution recognised by the University of Stirling. Prospective students are encouraged to contact either the Postgraduate Research Tutor or one of the Research Programme leads to discuss their own application and requirements.

Programme start date

The normal start date for degrees by research is October.


In first instance, for further information and an informal talk, contact the Postgraduate Tutor:

Dr Josie Evans
Tel: 01786 466352