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Allied Health Studies MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Allied Health Studies.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in Occupational Health, Physiotherapy, Nutritional Therapy, Nursing, Paramedics, Midwifery, Social Work, Dementia Studies, Child Health, Public Health, Palliative and End of Life Care.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcesterís virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Allied Health Studies team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including; Ability House which includes a state of the art assistive technology equipment, McClelland Wellbeing Centre, Simulation Suites and excellent partnerships with local Trusts, Health Services and Social Care Services.

Some of the topic being researched by our current MPhil/PhD students include the implication for under fiveís nutritional status of parentís food knowledge, attitudes and practice; and diet quality and wellbeing in those living with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Yvonne Thomas ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Jackie Bentley
Expertise: child health; children and families; nursing; pain.

Dr Alison Blank
Expertise: phenomenological research methods exploring existential topics around human occupation, meaning and belonging.

Dr Clare Garabedian
Expertise: dementia studies, ageing, end of life, creative arts, music, communication.

Dr Di Haigney
Expertise: research methods and analytical techniques for data.

Dr Tim Kilner
Expertise: emergency & urgent care; major incident triag; medico-legal aspects of healthcare practice; professional regulation; education of prehospital clinicians.

Dr Gabriela Misca
Expertise: developmental psychology and family diversity across the life-span; military and veterans psychology.

Dr Sue Neilson
Expertise: palliative and end of life care; bereavement; communication skills.

Dr Jan Quallington
Expertise: values based practice; health and social policy; education.

Dr Wayne Richards
Expertise: participant action research with young people; heuristic research and reflexive methodologies; race and identity.

Dr Paul Snelling
Expertise: healthcare ethics; public health ethics; professional regulation.

Dr Yvonne Thomas
Expertise: allied health practice and educational curriculum design, including practice education, wellbeing, homelessness, role emerging practice; ethics in health professional practice.

Professor Richard White
Expertise: tissue viability, wound healing and infection; clinical research.

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