Research opportunities in the School of Healthcare Sciences
- Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME)
- Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)
- North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR)
- North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH)
- Implementation Research Programme (IMPLEMENT@Bangor)
- Experiencing and Managing Illness in Cultural Contexts – Centring patient and family perspectives in service development (EMIC)
- Bangor Evidence Synthesis Hub (BESH)
Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research
Bangor University launched the Institute of Health and Medical Research in 2016 in order to build on our innovative research programme, providing an integrated platform for dedicated health-based research and postgraduate research work within the School of Healthcare Sciences. The new Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) advances an established foundation of research excellence: www.bangor.ac.uk/healthcaresciences/research/ref.php.en
The expertise embedded in the BIHMR focuses on five core research groups, representing themed activity and staff: www.bangor.ac.uk/healthcaresciences/research/groups.php.en These are the Dementia Services Development Unit (DSDU), Implement@BU, the North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH), the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) and the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR). In this way, BIHMR provides a forum for a critical mass of academics from across different scientific and professional disciplines to work collaboratively, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary working in clinical and applied research. Particular areas of excellence that emerge from these groups focus on dementia, cancer and rehabilitation, as well as developing new methods for doing high quality research across a range of methodologies. Overall, the Institute facilitates interdisciplinary research that spans discovery in the laboratory through to research that solves complex health problems in the real world. In this way, BIHMR contributes to improvements in local health and healthcare, as well as making an impact across Wales, the United Kingdom and internationally.
Within the School of Healthcare Sciences the BIHMR offers a variety of exciting opportunities for engaging in a postgraduate research programme for PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research. It provides an excellent environment and training programme for postgraduate research students of health and medical research that enables personal and professional growth. The four research groups; Innovative Approaches and Methodologies, Ageing and Dementia, Rehabilitation and Cancer, represent a substantive reservoir of expertise and interests and potential areas of interest for postgraduate study is detailed in the 'Research Projects' tab, firstly representing internationally recognised expertise in innovative methodologies and approaches to health sciences relevant to a wide range of context, including Implementation science and complexity in trials, and secondly focused on the themed areas of dementia, rehabilitation and cancer.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
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Fees & Scholarships
Please take a look at our Fees & Scholarships pages for details.
How to apply
Step 1 – Select your research topic
You have two options with regards the selection of your research topic;
Prepare your Research Proposal, based on the research expertise at the School.
Occasionally, the University advertises PhD Studentships. Studentships are funded / sponsored PhD placements which cover tuition fees and sometimes living costs, usually for a period of 3 years. They are offered for specific research projects. Studentships are advertised on the University website and Academic Schools’ websites and there is normally a deadline for submitting applications. The terms and conditions of Studentships vary and may become available at different times of the year.
If you are applying for a Studentship, enter the name of the studentship on the application form.
Step 2 – Prepare your documentation
You will need to gather the following documentation to present with your application:
- Bachelor degree certificate and transcript
- Masters degree certificate and transcript (if undertaken)
- English language test certificate (if undertaken)
- Academic reference / support letter
- Confirmation of funding / sponsorship (if applicable)
- Research Proposal (if you are NOT selecting a project from the Directory of PhD opportunities or applying for a Studentship). Click here for guidance about how to write a good research proposal.
Step 3 – Apply Online
International students have two options when applying;Apply online
Option 1 – Apply online yourself
- Apply online yourself through our Online Application Portal. Refer to the Guidance Notes for help in filling the form OR
Option 2 – Apply online with the help of a recruitment agent
- If you would like help in completing and managing your application you may seek help from one of our authorised representatives or agents. To see a list of our representatives for your country please visit the Country pages.
Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.
Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree
As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/MPhil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.
All PhD/MPhil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/MPhil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.
Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/MPhil research proposal.
At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/MPhil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.
Your research proposal
A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:
- Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
- Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
- Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
- Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.
When do I Apply?
You can apply at any time of the year.
It is possible to start a PhD degree at any point in the year at most academic Schools, subject to agreement with the supervisor.
We advise that you submit your application in enough time to:
- organise funding
- undertake an English course
- obtain documents such as transcripts and references required for meeting the conditions of the offer
- apply for a visa
- make accommodation arrangements
Admission related queries
If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org