Research course

Nursing Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's foremost research institutions, and Edinburgh's Nursing Studies has played a prominent role throughout the developmental period for nursing research in Europe over the past half century.

Nursing Studies is ranked one of the top nursing departments in Scotland in terms of research quality and productivity, and proportion of research-active staff. Nursing Studies contributed to an impressive result in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Main areas of research activity and development in Nursing Studies currently relate to the themes of experience of health and illness and organisation and policy for person-centred care.

Nursing Studies PhD and MPhil students at Edinburgh participate in and extend, a 40-year tradition of scholarship. Our students share courses with others from a wide variety of disciplines and a number have supervisors from more than one discipline.

Fees and funding

Chief Scientist Office, Training Fellowship Scheme, National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, NHS, employer.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 131 651 3967