The PhD Mental Health provides opportunities for future leaders in mental health to gain core research skills, as well as a deeper and more critical insight into mental health theory, translational research, and how this impacts on policy and practice. You will develop quantitative and qualitative research skills, improve knowledge management, enhance leadership skills and effectiveness, and advance scholarship in presenting written and oral arguments.
The programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and critical understanding of:
The PhD in Mental Health will be of interest to people with a relevant background who are working, or aspire to work, in the field of mental health, and who wish to engage in a higher level of education and gain advanced research skills. The PhD is international on focus and not restricted to any one professional group or discipline, appealing to individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including:
The standard minimum entry requirements are normally an upper second class honours degree, or a good Masters in an appropriate subject. Potential applicants with a lower degree qualification may be accepted where they can demonstrate equivalent relevant work experience in the field.
If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each separate skill: writing, reading, listening and speaking). Information on minimum requirements for TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic
The PhD Mental health is offered part-time via blended learning over 5 years. Years 1 and 2 will involve online taught modules on research skills, ethical considerations, organisational change and psychosocial aspects of mental health. Online e-learning will be coupled with annual interactive academies held at Lancaster University, in June of Year 1 and in September from Year 2 onwards. From Year 3, you will undertake a research project, which will conclude with the submission of a thesis (35,000 words) that makes an original contribution to knowledge within your area of professional interest, and will be of direct relevance to it. This research project will be supervised from Lancaster University but undertaken in your own location or workplace.
The course commences in June and runs part-time over 5 years.
You can download a copy of the PhD in Mental Health flyer by clicking the link below:
Applications to the PhD in Mental Health can be made via the University's online applications system.
Information on using our online systems can be found at the following link:
For further information, please contact:
Dr Alyson Dodd
Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research
Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lancaster LA1 4YT