PhD in Nursing

The purpose of the PhD in Nursing degree program is to prepare scholars who will discover and extend scientific knowledge that advances the science and practice of nursing, midwifery and health care. Graduates of the PhD in Nursing program will:

  • Demonstrate evidence of originality in the presentation of their research findings (discovery and development of new knowledge and skills)
  • Make a significant contribution to nursing or midwifery knowledge (delivering findings at the frontiers of knowledge and application)
  • Exhibit an in-depth understanding of their field of research and a mastery of the literature and familiarity with the sources of information pertinent to their area of study
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis methods
  • Develop transferable skills e.g. the abilities to critique and develop organisational structures and initiate change.

This doctoral programme in nursing gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care.  This programme facilities nurses and midwives to:

  • Learn from some of Europe's leading nursing and midwifery researchers whilst undertaking their own project.
  • Access some of the best research facilities in the world at both in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC and in the health services locally.
  • Undergo training in transferable skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals through a tailored Doctoral training and supervision programme.
  • Conduct research at a university ranked in the top 100 Schools of Nursing according to the international QS subject rankings for five successive years.

Students registered full-time normally complete the programme over a 3-year timeframe, whilst students registered part-time can take up to six years to complete the programme.

Please see the PhD calendar entry for admission requirements . To make a formal application, please access the PAC application system using PAC application code CKZ09, PhD Nursing (Full-Time) or CKZ14, PhD Nursing (Part-Time). Application information is also available.

If interested in pursuing a PhD, please make contact with the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren

See  PhD brochure

School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Brookfield Health Sciences Complex College Road Cork, Ireland , T12 AK54

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