Research course

Nursing and Midwifery

Queen's University Belfast · School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Entry requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Entrance Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Months of entry


Course content

Research in the School is organised under one overarching research cluster, led by Prof Fiona Alderdice as Director of Research. The School's research cluster, 'Identifying and Reducing Preventable Burden and Complexity in Vulnerable Groups' is focused on two key health care areas that are embedded in wider University collaborative research initiatives: Maternal and Child Health; and Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care.

Maternal and Child Health Theme co-ordinator: Professor Fiona Alderdice The Maternal and Child Health research theme is a multidisciplinary theme which focuses on high-risk groups in pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and childhood. There are two central strands of work: maternity care research and child health research, which have been developed using a comprehensive approach ranging from study of the health of populations to the health of individuals and the care that they receive and require.

Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care

The aims of the research theme are to:

  • illuminate the experiences of cancer survivors and patients requiring palliative care, their informal carers and their professional carers, with a view to improving the experience of both survivorship and palliation
  • use those insights to provide a sound evidence base for care

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Joanne Reid
+44 (0)28 9097 2459