MPhil, PhD Health and Wellbeing

Year of entry

The MPhil/PhD is offered in ‘Health and Wellbeing’, with optional endorsement according to professional discipline, under the following headings: Allied Health Professions, Public Health, and Nursing and Midwifery.

MPhil/PhD research in Health and Wellbeing takes place in all areas of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

The Faculty has particular strengths in:

  • Mental Health (including forensic mental health, public mental health, mental health of minority groups)
  • Arts and Health
  • Innovation in Practice Development and Health Education
  • Pedagogic Research in Health and Social Care, and
  • Patient, Carer and Public Involvement/Service User and Carer Involvement.

The PhD programme is co-ordinated by Dr Janet Melville-Wiseman. The initial point of contact is through the Faculty, please contact us for any general enquiries.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Daniel Bressington – CCCU Visiting Reader in Mental Health Research/ Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • medication management in severe mental illness
  • physical health in severe mental illness
  • Novakian concept mapping as an educational and research strategy 

Dr Pat Chung:

  • dementia
  • caregiving
  • mental health in ageing
  • activity engagement
  • occupational therapy
  • qualitative research, especially grounded theory approach

Dr Tim Clark:

  • adult nursing
  • competence
  • learning styles 

Professor Stephen Clift:

  • arts & health
  • singing and respiratory illness
  • singing and mental health

Esther Coren:

  • social work
  • safeguarding
  • child sexual abuse
  • social inclusion
  • street children and homeless families
  • systematic review methods

Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou:

  • self-help and mutual aid in mental health
  • co-production in health and social care services
  • refugee/migrant mental health
  • family carers of people with long-term conditions
  • domestic violence
  • participatory action research in health and social care

Dr Eve Hutton:

  • occupational therapy
  • child health and wellbeing
  • special educational needs and disability

Professor Doug MacInnes:

  • mental health
  • mental health in secure settings (forensic mental health, prison mental health)
  • carers of people with mental health problems
  • collaborative working with service users and carers
  • social network analysis

Professor Kim Manley:

  • practice development for person centred safe and effective care
  • participatory research approaches, stakeholder and realistic evaluation
  • workplace culture, clinical and systems leadership
  • consultant practice and effectiveness
  • facilitation of learning, development improvement, inquiry, knowledge translation and innovation

Dr Ian Marsh:

  • suicide and suicide prevention
  • critical approaches to mental health and disability
  • occupational therapy
  • discourse analysis
  • Foucault

Dr Janet Melville-Wiseman:

  • gender
  • sexuality; sexual abuse; sexuality and spirituality
  • ethics in professional practice 
  • case study methodology
  • emancipatory research

Dr Keith Piper:

  • radiography
  • clinical image reporting
  • image interpretation

Dr Susan Plummer:

  • mental health
  • primary care mental health
  • depression and anxiety
  • medical sciences

Dr Sally Robinson:

  • promoting children's health and wellbeing
  • health education, health promotion, public health
  • healthy eating, obesity, public health nutrition

Dr Ann Skingley:

  • arts and health
  • wellbeing and older people
  • dementia care
  • case study research

Dr Jacqueline A Wier:

  • Midwifery regulation and governance
  • Women's studies 
  • Medical law and ethics

Dr Toni Wright:

  • feminist research
  • lives of women and/or the socially marginalised

Dr Tilly Paz

  • Food, eating, nutrition, dieting
  • Health inequalities and food policies
  • Children and childhood settings (food-focused)


How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MPhil/PhD Health & Social Care apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Health & Social Care apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time February 2021
MPhil/PhD Health & Social Care apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Health & Wellbeing apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time October 2020
MPhil/PhD Health & Wellbeing apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time January 2021
MPhil/PhD Health & Wellbeing apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time February 2021
MPhil/PhD Health & Wellbeing apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Health & Wellbeing apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time February 2021

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.



  • Not applicable

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