HYMS is a fantastic place to pursue your PhD in Medical or Human Sciences. We have exceptional scientists, cutting-edge facilities and excellent student-centred support. We're a modern, dynamic medical school and our range of research is remarkable — so there are many options for PhD students. The PhD in Human Sciences is specifically for students who are based in the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences within HYMS. All other research centre PhDs are normally registered for the PhD in Medical Sciences within HYMS.
Your PhD will give you the opportunity to conduct a substantial independent research project, leading to an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.
You can work in a wide range of areas. Our current students are researching topics as diverse as the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, the role of doctors' consciences in clinical practice, and how dietary stresses and strains affect skull shape.
Throughout your studies, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a specialist Thesis Advisory Panel. You will be registered for a PhD in Human Sciences if you are supervised within the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences.
Before making your PhD application, you need to find a member of academic staff at HYMS to supervise your research project. Your principal academic supervisor must be employed by either the University of York or the University of Hull.
To find your principal academic supervisor:
The HYMS PhD is offered either full-time (three years) or part-time (six years).
If you have fewer than about 35 hours a week to devote to your studies, you should consider studying part-time. Part-time study is at least 17.5 hours per week.
As a PhD student at HYMS, you will also take part in our Postgraduate Training Scheme, which provides you with extra opportunities to develop both specialist and transferable skills.
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