The PhD Health and Wellbeing programme is linked to the interdisciplinary South West doctoral pathway of the same name.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership Health and Wellbeing pathway enables students to cultivate the skills needed to develop and evaluate interventions and strategies to improve health behaviour. Your work will make a major impact on the social science underpinnings of avoidable health problems and will build research capacity at the interface of biomedical and social sciences, both within and beyond academia.

All students will have two supervisors from different disciplinary perspectives on health and wellbeing. Your supervisors will convene joint meetings on a regular basis and will attend the annual one-day workshop for all pathway students.

Students will normally be registered in the school of their first supervisor. This may not be the school that processes your application.

Entry requirements

A master's qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£4,758 per year
UK: part-time
£2,379 per year
Overseas: full-time
£20,700 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC SWDTP scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or the alumni PhD scholarship fund.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

The PhD in Health and Wellbeing offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Our students often go on to employment in areas of government policy and health promotion at local, national and international levels. Others have continued to academic careers, taking up post-doctoral positions and lecturing in UK and international universities.

The programme establishes both a sound research training base and an understanding of practical applications, which prepare our students for different types of employment, including research, policy and intervention.

Meet our supervisors

The following list shows potential supervisors for this programme. Visit their profiles for details of their research and expertise.


Research groups

The pathway integrates the study of the interaction between three important lifestyle behaviours (nutrition, physical activity and substance use, including smoking and alcohol consumption), their impact on public health and risks for chronic diseases.

For further information on our associated research groups and staff, please visit the School for Policy Studies webpage.

Contact us


Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator

+44 (0) 117 954 6785