Research degrees

Research degrees

Postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE) are an important part of our research community.

Research supervisors lead international research projects and our students are supported by teams of experienced supervisors. We have experience in supervision and mentoring of students under NIHR fellowships including pre-doctoral and clinical-academic fellowships.

Our admissions process

Our admissions process to research degrees follow the guidelines and regulations of the University you plan to apply under. Successful applicants are invited for an interview with a panel which includes the Faculty Director of Postgraduate research, the proposed 1st supervisor and an academic independent of the supervisory team.

All applications should include the following:

  • A draft research proposal or project outline (with a Gantt chart or timeline to completion)
  • Academic transcripts/certificates
  • English language certificates (if required) – (IELT total score 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing)

​We aim to process applications within four weeks of the date of application.

For any queries about Postgraduate Research (PGR) applications for FHSCE, please contact the PGR Coordinator​​​ or phone 020 8725 3024​​.

How to apply – Kingston University

To apply to Kingston University, please visit Kingston University: How to apply for a research degree

How to apply – St George’s, University of London

If you are applying under St George’s University of London, you will need to fill in this SGUL MPhil PhD Application Form and return to the PGR Coordinator or Tel: 020 8725 3024) Once your application form has been reviewed against our admission criteria, you will be informed whether you have been selected for an admissions interview with our panel.

Our degrees

PhDs are awarded by either Kingston University or St George’s, depending on the nature of the project and supervisor availability. We are keen to support applicants for NIHR Pre-Doctoral fellowships.

View the Kingston University research pages and St George’s research degrees and training for more information.

Current research topics

The topics listed below are our proposed areas for supervision of prospective students to build upon. These are not meant to be exhaustive and we are open to receiving high-quality applications in other topics relating to our research groups. Candidates are invited to discuss their proposed topic with a suitable supervisor under the research group closer to their chosen area.
Clinical Decision Making

  • Professional, Patient and Shared Decision Making: making implicit, expert knowledge explicit through qualitative approaches and judgement analysis. Training enhanced approaches to improve practice.

Death/Dying/Bereavement and Intellectual disability (ID)

  • Shared end-of-life decision-making with people with ID
  • Advanced Care Planning with people with ID
  • Dementia and ID
  • Preparedness of services to support people with ID at end of life
  • Bereavement issues/bereavement support for people with ID

Digital Health

  • Innovation strategies for digital health technology in older person care and impact of digital technology on older person care management.


Emergency, cardiovascular and critical care

  • Prehospital urgent care workforce and service development-measurement and spread
  • Emergency Department team staffing models-medicine, paramedicine and nursing
  • Ambulance staff turnover
  • Perceptions and service provision in marathon runners who collapsed
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation in Non-Obstructive Coronary Artery disease
  • Digital Health interventions to improve adherence in Cardiac rehabilitation exercise programmes

End of life or bereavement issues for people with severe/profound ID

  • Needs/perspectives of family carers
  • Support mechanisms for staff in ID services and/or staff in generic healthcare settings, to enable them to support people with ID at end of life

Healthcare Education

  • Research and evaluation related to healthcare education and professional development across the entire lifespan of the career of healthcare professionals, including nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, radiographers, rehabilitation scientists, occupational therapists, paramedics and pharmacists

Implementation and Improvement in Health care

  • Sustaining the improvement in patient-centred approaches in acute health care
  • Informal or family carers of people with long-term conditions, e.g. dementia and stroke

Informal or Family carers

  • Informal or family carers of people with long-term conditions, e.g. dementia and stroke

Investigation of the effects of frailty in major trauma patients

  • ‘Missed care’ impact
  • Compassion in emergency Care (compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction)

Leadership in Allied Health Professions

  • Exploring leadership models

Mental Health

  • An In-depth investigation of the role of ambulance crews as first responders when admitting mental health service users under section 136 of the mental health act England and Wales
  • Cultural and religious influences on nurses attitudes towards mental health services users who self-harm.

Maternity care topics

  • Early labour (realistic review and experience-based design enquiry)
  • Implementing Better Births/Continuity models of maternity care-exploring workforce perspectives
  • Choice of place of birth-testing interventions to enhance choice offer
  • Too much, too soon- approaches to reducing interventions without clinical benefit in maternity care. Feasibility study

Rehabilitation in Rare respiratory disease

  • Exercise prescription and service needs of people with Interstitial lung disease and Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Service user support groups

Workforce Development

  • Innovation in Health Care workforce
  • Innovation in health care workforce, e.g. new roles, new advanced clinical practice roles, new strategies for recruitment and retention, new models of multi-professional team working


It is important that you know how you are going to fund your studies for the duration of your research degree, and ensure you have the resources to pay tuition fees and living expenses. You are advised to explore funding opportunities at an early stage of the application process


If you have any questions, please contact Nabilla Waise (HSCE Post Graduate Research Coordinator)  on , telephone 02087255323 (Currently not in use)

In line with Government and university guidance about Covid-19 we are currently working from home and can best be contacted via email.

For subject specific matters, please contact the people below:

Mental HealthProf Mary
Clinical Decision MakingProf Priscilla
Intellectual Disability in end of life CareProf Irene
Work Force DevelopmentProf Vari
Emergency Medicince, Trauma, Cardiology, Critical CareProf Tom Quinn
Dr Mary Halter
Dr Tino Kulnik
Healthcare EducationDr John Hammond
Prof Ann Ooms
Dr Agnieszka Lewko
Maternity TopicsDr Kirstie Coxon
Dr Melania Calestani
Improvement & Implementation, Science and ArtProf Annette Boaz
Prof Fiona Jones
Supervision for Healthcare ProfessionsDr Deborah

Please see the Kingston University and St George’s, University of London websites for more information.