PhD in Organisational Health and Well-Being

Study for a PhD by blended learning

The PhD in organisational health and well-being provides an opportunity for individuals currently working, or aspiring to work, in the area of organisational 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 organisation and address 'real' issues of organisational relevance. The objectives of the course are:

  • To develop research and knowledge management skills
  • To develop understanding and synthesis of psychological, social and organisational 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 organisational 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/organisational 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.

Research Areas

Before applying, we suggest you explore the organisational health and well-being research in the Division of Health Research to ensure we have expertise in your area of interest.

Entry Requirements

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 organisational health and well-being.

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:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Two references from individuals able to comment on the applicant's suitability for study at a PhD level (it is recommended that at least one should be from an academic)
  • A 500 word research proposal which should include an introduction to the study topic, research questions and the methods that may be used. (We recognise that these ideas are likely to change)
  • A personal statement giving a clear indication of their motivation for pursuing a PhD in Organisational Health & Well-being
  • A CV
  • All applications must include an All applications must include an Additional Information form.

Mode of Study

The PhD in Organisational Health & Well-being 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 healthy organisations. 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.

Course Duration

The course commences in September and runs part-time (minimum duration 4 years, maximum 7 years).


Applications to the PhD in Organisational Health and Well-Being 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 University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
United Kingdom

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