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:
Our academic staff have expertise in:
Before applying, we suggest you explore the mental health research in the Division of Health Research to ensure we have expertise in your area of interest:
The standard minimum entry requirements are normally an upper second class honours degree, or a good Masters in an appropriate subject, and relevant experience of working within mental health.
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). Alternative qualifications are accepted.
Applicants must also include with their application:
The PhD Mental Health is offered part-time via blended learning over 5 years. Blended learning refers to the methods of interaction between students and course tutors / supervisors on a programme. Teaching and research activities are carried out through a combination of face-to-face and online interaction. Face-to-face interactions include residential academies and work-based workshops while online interactions use our virtual learning environment and include discussion forums, collaborative digital spaces and video conferencing.
Years 1 and 2 will involve online taught modules on research skills, ethical considerations, and mental health theory, research and practice. Online e-learning will be coupled with annual interactive academies held at Lancaster University in September. You must gain an average mark of 60% across the taught element of the programme in order to proceed to the research element in year 3.
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. Supervisors will be chosen based on relevant theoretical or methodological expertise within the student's area of interest where possible.
The course commences in September and runs part-time (minimum duration 4 years, maximum 7 years)
Applications to the PhD in Mental Health can be made via the University's online applications system from 1st September 2014. The deadline for applications is 1st April 2015.
All applications must include an Additional Information form.
For further information, please contact our admissions team:
Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lancaster LA1 4YG