PhD in Organizational Health and Well-Being


If you are interested in applying to enrol for this programme for Autumn 2015, please contact Alison Collins to discuss your application before you make an online application.


Study for a PhD by blended learning

The PhD in organizational health and well-being provides an opportunity for individuals currently working, or aspiring to work, in the area of organizational health and well-being to develop their knowledge and understanding of the psychological, social and organizational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health.

This part-time PhD programme offers professionals not wishing to undertake a traditional research PhD the opportunity to engage with higher level education and to conduct their research within their own organization and address 'real' issues of organizational relevance. The objectives of the course are:

  • To develop research and knowledge management skills
  • To develop understanding and synthesis of psychological, social and organizational aspects of the dynamic relationship between work and health
  • To develop a critical understanding of theories, models and concepts
  • To apply this knowledge and conduct autonomous research in an organizational setting

Who should apply?

The PhD will appeal to a wide range of individuals who are interested in the promotion and creation of healthy work places including:

  • Human Resource professionals and managers
  • Occupational health/Public health practitioners
  • Health care workers
  • Health and Safety representatives
  • Applied/organizational psychologists

It is not restricted to any one professional group or discipline, and is intended to be international in focus appealing to individuals working across a variety of public, private and voluntary sectors.

Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements are a recognised first degree or equivalent. 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.

Mode of Study

The course will be delivered primarily through distance e-Learning supported by an annual residential block.

Years 1 and 2 involve taught modules in research methods and organizational health and well-being issues. From Year 3 students will undertake an independent research project which will conclude with the submission of a thesis (35,000 words) which will be supervised from Lancaster University but undertaken in the student's workplace.

Course Duration

Commencing in June of each year, the minimum is 4 years and the maximum is 7 years.


Applications to the PhD in Organizational Health and Well-Being can be made via the University's online applications system


For further information, please contact our admissions team:

Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
United Kingdom

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