You will need to submit a research outline as part of the application process. At this stage we are looking for the potential of your project and your ability to successfully complete the degree, as well as our capacity to supervise your research. The guidance for writing your research outline is here. We recommend discussing your research outline with a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application.
Informal inquiries are welcomed by any of our supervisors or the course leader, Professor Lisa Jones. Our supervisors are listed below - please do click on the links to their webpages so that you can find out more about their specific research expertise. Please only contact one potential supervisor. If another supervisor is better suited to your project, we will redirect your query.
Professor Rachel Ashworth
Rachel has expertise in cell signalling research.
Dr Leo Donnelly
Leo has quantitative research expertise in light and electron microscopy in relation to microvascular permeability as well as nerve regeneration, and an interest in the establishment of ‘safe zones’ to minimise iatrogenic damage during surgical interventions.
Professor Lisa Jones
Lisa is an experienced researcher in field of adult severe mental illness, in particular the aetiology of major mood disorders. She has expertise using quantitative research methods.
Professor Kay Mohanna
Kay has expertise in conversation analysis of video recorded data and also some qualitative methods that share a thematic analytical approach. She is interested in identity formation, diversity and inclusion, leadership and the use of humanities in teaching and learning.
Professor Sandra Nicholson
Sandra strongly believes in the value of medical educational research and scholarship that enhances the experience of both students and tutors, and ultimately seeks to improve the care and satisfaction of patients. She enjoys collaborating and taking an interdisciplinary approach to research and has frequently engaged with policy holders. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative educational methodologies.
Dr Hannah Reed
Hannah has research expertise in physiology and pathophysiology.
Professor Rebecca Stack
Rebecca is an experienced researcher in the areas of health psychology and behavioural medicine, including public health, help seeking behaviour, adherence to medicines, stress and coping with illness and patient perceptions of new medical treatments and technologies. She has expertise in a range of methods including qualitative research and analysis, meta synthesis, survey-based research and statistical analysis of quantitative data.
Rebecca would be particularly interested in supervising the following projects:
- Service user and healthcare professional perceptions of help-seeking behaviour for new onset mental health conditions (barriers and facilitators of help-seeking behaviour).
- Service user and healthcare professional perceptions of help-seeking behaviour for perinatal mental health conditions.
- The impact of financial hardship on health and wellbeing.
- The impact of financial hardship on decisions about health and wellbeing.
Dr Erica Thomas
Erica is an experienced researcher in the areas of public health, health psychology and behavioural medicine. She has expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods including quasi-experiments, survey-based research and focus groups. She is interested in the socioecological determinants of health and health behaviours and how behavioural interventions can be used to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good mental health.
Dr Elizabeth Walden is a biochemist. She has expertise in many cell-based lab methodologies and an interest in cell signalling, cellular metabolism, and the cellular basis of disease.