PhD in Rehabilitation

PhD in Rehabilitation

Department of Sport and Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Oxford Brookes University


Professor Karen Barker

Professor Derick Wade

Professor Helen Dawes

Clinical Collaborator

Karen Barker Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.


Developing effective rehabilitation strategies in acute, subacute and chronic settings is critical for sustainable health services.  Research is needed into optimal approaches, doses and timings of therapy interventions that provide cost effective interventions to enable people to live longer more meaningful lives. We are looking for AHPs seeking to develop a clinical academic career and develop as health service leaders of the future. We will work with excellent candidates to develop three innovative research proposals aligned to clinical expertise, and local and global health service strategy and challenges.

Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 4 years alongside undertaking clinical duties within the trust. The successful applicant’s should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised Higher Education Institution. A Master’s degree with research methods training and/or evidence of the skills required for higher research study would be desirable. 

Contact Professor Helen Dawes for more information about this project

Please see the main OUH Studentships page for the full requirements and application process.