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Nursing PhD

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Degree awarded
Typically 36 months FT, 72 months PT
Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject, OR an MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution, OR satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full time.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

or contact, telephone: +44 (0)161 306 0270

The deadline for complete applications for September 2014 entry: 27 June 2014. Early application is advisable.

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work was placed top of the table for nursing and midwifery research in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, making this the ideal place to study for a postgraduate research award.

The postgraduate research programme 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. We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring areas related to the School¿s research programme .

The PhD programme of study consists of:

  • Supervision by one or two members of staff
  • Research training and support
  • Taught course units
  • Independent study

High-quality supervision is an integral part of the programme and students are allocated two supervisors with appropriate expertise from among the academic staff. Students are also assigned an advisor for further support.

The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research. Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences which provides training on aspects such as research methodology, critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics.

Open days

For general open day information, see: open days and visits


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,480
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,240
    International students (per annum): £7,000
  • PhD (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £4,480
    International students: £14,000
  • PhD (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,240
    International students: £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
+44 (0)161 306 0270
+44 (0)161 306 7895

Academic department overview

See: About the School.

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