This research area provides an opportunity for you to learn about various contemporary aspects of health and wellbeing with respect to working populations and the workplace context. You will get the opportunity to work with a range of academics who specialize in specific aspects of workplace health such as physiotherapists (vocational rehabilitation, musculoskeletal intervention, evaluation of workplace health interventions); public health scientists (workplace health interventions; measuring health and wellbeing at work); exercise and health scientists (promoting physical activity, nutrition and health and wellbeing programmes at work and amongst working populations) and other disciplines such as facilities management (redesigning the workplace to facilitate health at work). This research degree will enable you to research an aspect of workplace health which may have important relevance for future workplace policy and the design of workplaces and workplace interventions.
Led by Professor Pauline Adair, this broad research area provides an opportunity for you to experience the importance of evidence-based public health practice and the design, development and evaluation of contemporary public health interventions. The range of interventions under investigation might be focused on a specific topic (chronic illness, behaviour change, physical activity, alcohol misuse) or a health issue within a certain setting (such as schools or communities). Some students may be interested in contributing to our specialist research areas of oral health behaviour, long term conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, sexual health, alcohol misuse, physical activity etc. by carrying out a study of the epidemiology of relevant behaviours (e.g. sexual risk behaviour, alcohol consumption, exercise) or health outcomes (eg. Sexually transmitted infections, alcohol-related harm, obesity, health behaviour change, quality of life).
In the national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 more than 80% of the School of Health Sciences research was ranked as of ‘international quality’. Within the UK and Europe we are in the top 5% of research groups based in academic departments related to podiatry, physiotherapy, prosthetics, orthotics, occupational therapy, sports science and sports rehabilitation.
You will also be able to do this PhD by distance learning with an October or April start date.
1st class or upper second class undergraduate degree
Masters degree is preferred but not essential.
However, applicants without a Masters degree should provide evidence of previous research methods training.
APEL – We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count.
The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
Overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any one element. We offer four entry points – October, January, April and July. Applications can be submitted at any point within the year.
You should have a first degree that provides a foundation in the basic principles of health and wellbeing. This could include psychology, nursing, physiotherapy, sports science and other applied science degrees as well as social science degrees such as social policy. Preferably you will also have a Masters degree for example an MPH or MSc in Public Health or other similarly-related degree e.g. MSc in Physical Activity and Health Sciences; MSc in Physiotherapy.
Evidence of ability to study and critically appraise literature independently is essential and candidates with a Masters qualification are preferred. Experience of research involving human participants is also preferable but is not essential.
As a student embarking on a postgraduate research degree you will be assigned a supervisory team, to help guide and mentor you throughout your time at the University. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need and be proactive in your approach to study.
All students will be required to attend for an interview.
International Students and student who are not EU, EEA or UK nationals are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/
All postgraduate research students are expected to attend the College’s research methods seminars during your first year of study, covering subjects such as conducting a literature review, methods of data collection, research governance and ethics, and analysis, presentation, interpretation and rigour in qualitative research. Students are also eligible to attend all sessions on the Research Methods in Public Health and Statistics & Epidemiology modules (core elements of the MSc in Public Health).
In addition, the University offers all postgraduate research students an extensive range of free training activities to help develop your research and transferable skills. The Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT) has been designed to equip researchers both for your university studies and for your future careers whether in academia, elsewhere in the public sector, or in industry and the private sector.
As a postgraduate research student at the University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These ‘progression points’ are an important aid for both you and your supervisory team and it is essential that you complete them on time.
Learning Agreement: this is completed by you and your supervisor collaboratively in the first 3 months of your research programme. It encourages both of you to develop a thorough and consistent understanding of your individual and shared roles and responsibilities in your research partnership.
Annual Progress Report: this report is completed by your supervisor at the end of each year of study, and reports on your achievements in the past year, the likelihood that you will submit on time, confirmation of the Learning Agreement and relevant training undertaken.
Self Evaluation Report: this is completed by you at the end of each year of study. It asks you to comment on your academic progress, supervisory arrangements, research environment, research training, and relevant training undertaken.
Interim Assessment: this is an assessment of your progress by a panel. It takes place towards the end of your first year, and is designed to ensure you have reached a threshold of academic performance, by assessing your general progress. The assessment comprises a written report, presentation and oral examination by a Panel. You must successfully complete it in order to register for your second year.
Internal Evaluation: this will take place towards the end of the second year and successful completion is required in order to continue onto your third year of study. You will be expected to show strong progress in your PhD study reflected in the submission of a substantial piece of work, generally at least 4 chapters of your thesis.
The School of Health Sciences currently has more than 80 postgraduate research students is from multicultural backgrounds. As well as the UK we have students from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Denmark, South Africa, China, Malaysia and France. We also have visiting students with us throughout the year (often for short study placements of 2-6 months).
Each of the School research areas is led by an experienced researcher, often a Professor, whose expertise has international recognition. All our research leaders publish their research in peer reviewed internationally recognised journals and are they regularly invited to speak at international conferences. They lead on a wide range of established collaborations with UK, international academic and industry partners.
The research areas for Public Health & Behavioural Medicine are:
Students leaving the School with a postgraduate research degree are well placed to lead and manage research and development activities in a number of areas. This includes health and social care organisations (e.g. NHS, charities, social enterprises), Industry (e.g. Fitness Industry) or local authority (e.g. Councils). Some students have progressed to work with national bodies and some take further research post and work within Higher Education. Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is usually a prerequisite for an academic career and several of our alumni are now senior academics.
Previous students have taken their research expertise and knowledge into public health practice, innovating in health services and helping to advance knowledge and practice in their professional discipline. Others have gone forward to academic positions or found industry positions. We encourage the maintenance of links between graduating research students and their host research group and supervisor. This means the University can become part of the developing professional network that students take forward into their future careers.
The research groups in the School of Health Sciences have extensive industry connections and collaborations. These include companies in biomedical device (Active4Life) and also retail industries (e.g. Unilever – researching toothbrushing behaviour of children). These are available to enhance the research activities of postgraduate students, to improve the quality and application of research, and to form lasting partnerships between students, academics and the external partners concerned. The need for industrial collaboration and selection of suitable partners can be discussed directly with research programme leaders and supervisors. Some students may wish to suggest potential new partners based on their existing professional collaborations and networks.
Start Dates: October, January, April and July
MSc by Research (One year full-time or two years part-time)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil; one year full-time or two years part-time)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD; three years full-time or five years part-time)
MSc Advancing Physiotherapy
MSc Public Health
Vocational Rehabilitation (single module)