About the Institute

All of our research is internationally excellent in impact, and the majority is world-leading. 73% of research outputs are 3* or 4* - internationally excellent or world leading. REF 2014


The Institute for Health Research (IHR) is committed to carrying out real world research, providing information which can influence policy and practice.

About the IHR

The IHR was launched in 1994.

It brings together a team of researchers, who are committed to real-world health research, providing information which has influenced policy and practice at national and international level

The primary aims of the IHR are to:

  • Engage in collaborative research locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Create research partnerships with purchasers and providers of health care, with the professions, industry and the independent sector
  • Promote and co-ordinate health-related research across the University
  • Enhance research skills in the community through the provision of quality educational programmes

IHR Summary

The Institute for Health Research (IHR) at the University of Bedfordshire is a centre of excellence in research. Currently, our staff and research students come from more than 15 countries to create a strong global research community with interests in public health, health inequalities, applied research in the organisation and delivery of health and social care, health informatics, epidemiology, chronic and infectious diseases, primary care, biostatistics, mental health and health services research. A major goal of the IHR research programme is to further understand the factors which determine health and health behaviour and those aspects of local contexts, health systems and political economies that influence the successful implementation of proven health interventions and technologies. The IHR has strong collaborative links in the UK and also in Europe, Middle East, Asia and America. The IHR hosts an MSc in Public Health and also offers extensive postgraduate research training in its approx 50 doctoral students.

The IHR has been externally commissioned by a range of prestigious organisations including NHS National Institute for Health Research; Health Education England; The King’s Fund; Kidney Research UK; NHS Blood & Transplant; Big Lottery Fund, Autistica, Department of Health; Tata Trusts; and the European Commission. The IHR has nationally and internationally recognised staff who are accredited by organisations such as the World Health Organisation; UK Faculty of Public Health; Royal Society of Medicine; Royal Society of Public Health and UNESCO. The IHR have held research grants totalling in excess of £15m.

Staff have continued to publish high quality outputs resulting in over 300 journal articles, as well as books and book chapters. These outputs have led to extensive academic and societal impact.


Enquire about research degrees

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For all the information you need on how to apply for a research degree and to make sure you fulfil the entry requirements go to How to apply

You should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or masters degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.

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