Nursing and Health Studies, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #501 ,
This programme is for nurses, midwives and related professionals who wish to undertake a complex and original independent research project under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor.


The Nursing and Health Studies programme is aimed at professionals who wish to develop advanced research skills with a view to becoming independent researchers, or those who wish to develop a career in higher education. 

We are a friendly Faculty and our pursuit of achievement is inspired by the University ethos of 'going beyond', a determination to exceed expectations and to encourage our students to strive for excellence in whatever they do.

We are a rapidly expanding Faculty with over 115 academic staff including five professors with diverse research interests and methodological expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. There are three Research Development Groups within the Faculty:

  • Wellbeing in Long-Term Conditions
  • Maternal, Reproductive, Relationships and Sexual Health
  • Health Technology, Innovation and Intervention

We have a growing community of full and part time research students who benefit from a strong team of committed and experienced supervisors and a lively and supportive and research setting. The University provides a Post Graduate Training Scheme, the Faculty has a Research Seminar Series and encourages students to become involved in many all aspects of activity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We recommend that you apply by 1 August for September course start (or at least 6 weeks before any other start date). 
  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 84 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The main research activities in the School of Health and Social Work are carried out within the following groups:

Health Technology, Innovation and Intervention
  • Feeding difficulty in older people with dementia
  • Nursing workforce development
  • Instrument development
  • Practices in continence care and infection control
Maternal, Reproductive, Relationships and Sexual Health
  • Psychological impact of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Complementary methods in maternity settings
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Psycho-sexual health
  • Sex education and sexual health awareness in care settings
  • Asexuality
  • Healthcare law and ethics
  • Military medical ethics
  • Public health and health visiting
Wellbeing in Long-term Conditions
  • Skin health and skin integrity
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Medicines management
  • Behaviour change interventions

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A good Honours degree in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline, plus appropriate experience in a professional environment.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15300 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA

Home/EU: £2,098 (part-time)


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