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Postgraduate Research

Nursing & Midwifery

School of Nursing and Midwifery | PhD
Entry Year
Academic Year 2022/23
Entry Requirements


From Maternal and Child Health, to Chronic Illness and Palliative Care, our research is changing and improving care for people at every stage of life – from their first breath to their last.

Your research will be hosted in our School and linked to the interdisciplinary and university wide Centre For Evidence and Social Innovation and the Graduate School, extending your potential in the UK and internationally.

How to apply:

1. Check you are eligible

Before drafting a research proposal and making an application to undertake a PhD, please check you have the appropriate qualifications and which projects are ongoing. Click the Projects tab to view current projects. If none of the available projects suit you, you must check whether we can support your area of interest, and identify a supervisor.

2. Contact the potential Supervisor

Once you have confirmed your qualifications and identified a potential project and supervisor in the area of your research interest, you should make contact via email for an initial introduction. Please include:

1. The reason for selecting this particular supervisor
2. a 500 word statement of the area you are interested in and its significance
3. a brief, but precise, account of your academic qualifications
In particular, please indicate any qualifications you already have in Nursing and Midwifery, the level and final mark. Further information on any practical experience and/or dissertations completed would also be helpful to the potential supervisor.

If you have been unable to identify anyone from the webpage who might be a suitable supervisor, please contact for further support. Note that while we will do all we can to help you find a supervisor, it is not always possible to do so.

3. Research Proposal

If the proposed supervisor is willing to support an application from you then you must prepare a good quality research proposal to submit with your application for consideration by the selectors. Please note that agreement to submit an application is not a guarantee of success at this stage. To help you with your research proposal we have developed a guidance document and videos

Any proposals exceeding 2000 words will be returned for amendment.

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Key Facts

  • The School was ranked 7th in the UK for research intensity in 2014 UK REF Exercise.
  • Our research is funded by the NIHR, UKRI, the World Health Organisation, Horizon 2020 as well as leading international charities.

Course content

Research Information

Research Themes
Nursing and Midwifery: Chronic Illness and Palliative Care (PhD/MPhil)

The aim of this research theme is to improve the health and wellbeing of those with chronic illness, especially in relation to chronic heart disease, and those requiring palliative care and their informal carers. Our team’s research fosters a sound evidence base in which multiple research approaches are promoted, using: epidemiology, ethics, health services research, behavioural sciences and randomized control trials. An innovative feature of the team is in pioneering the viability of the palliative care approach beyond the field of cancer care into areas such as dementia care and a range of chronic illnesses.
You’ll work with an internationally recognised and connected group of researchers conducting research with them to provide new solutions for supportive care in chronic illness and innovative palliative care.

Research Themes
Nursing and Midwifery: Maternal and Child Health (PhD/MPhil)

The aim of this research theme is to improve health and well-being in pregnancy, childbirth and early years care and amongst children with long term health conditions or disabilities, such as acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy. Our team’s research is renowned for developing and evaluating interventions, contributing to the evidence base worldwide in improving Maternal and Child Health outcomes, especially focussing where need is greatest. One of the many valuable innovations we make to the field of Maternal and Child Health is in relation to fathers and prospective fathers, unlocking men’s potential to improve health and social care outcomes for children, and in turn to men’s own health.

You’ll work with an outstanding group of researchers who are at the heart of improvements in parental and child health, recognising that improving health in pregnancy, infancy and childhood is important for adult health and wellbeing across generations.

Research Themes
Nursing and Midwifery: Education and Practice (PhD/MPhil)

The School is at the forefront of educational innovation and this theme showcases emergent research and scholarship in education and practice.
This programme promotes the integration of research in curriculum and practice development enabling us to develop the future leaders in nursing and midwifery.

Find a PhD Supervisor
Prospective PhD students should take a moment to look at our website to identify a researcher who could supervise and support them throughout the 3 years of the programme.

Applications must include a named supervisor.

Research Impact
The School's research is having a profound impact on the health of the population, from cradle to grave.

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

People teaching you

Prof Joanne Reid
Director of Research
Nursing and Midwifery

Learning Outcomes

Course structure



The Annual Progress Review requires students to present their work in writing and orally to a panel of academics from within the School. Successful completion of this process will allow students to register for the next academic year.

The final assessment of the doctoral degree is both oral and written. Students will submit their thesis to an internal and external examining team who will review the written thesis before inviting the student to orally defend their work at a Viva Voce.


Feedback can be written, verbal or online, and may come from your supervisor or mentor; the Postgraduate Tutor or indeed, on occasions, from other students.


The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's has one of the most advanced Clinical Education suites in Europe, and we are introducing a new state of the art Simulation Centre in Autumn 2020. This will prepare students for the increasingly challenging and complex realities of modern clinical practice.

Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
Social Participation and Quality of life in disabled young adults.
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Disability, Young People Dr Mark Linden, Dr Claire Kerr
Dr Mark Linden, Dr Claire Kerr
Application deadline
30 June 2021
School of Nursing and Midwifery Funded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2 1625007600
A mixed methods study to determine the key reasons for individuals with dementia attending the Emergency Department, and recommendations for a best practice approach
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Dementia; nursing home; care home; emergency department; GPs; Out of hours; dementia carers; inappro Dr Gillian Carter
Dr Gillian Carter
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2
Suicide bereavement support
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Suicide Prevention Suicide Bereavement Mental Health Promotion Dr Karen Galway
Dr Karen Galway
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2
A mindfulness mobile application to promote psychological health in patients receiving unit haemodialysis
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Mindfulness, kidney, feasibility. Dr Helen Noble
Dr Helen Noble
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2
The development of a cancer action plan to respond to the health inequities faced by LGBT patients and their families:
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Supportive Cancer Care, Psychononcology , Families, LGBT Dr Olinda Santin
Dr Olinda Santin
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2
Developing and validating eye-tracking based Executive Functions tests for children with Cerebral Palsy
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Cerebral Palsy; Executive functions; Neurodevelopmental disorder; Cognitive development; Motor impai Dr Oliver Perra
Dr Oliver Perra
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2
Professor Michael Brown
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2
Implementing a Mindful Resilience programme for nursing staff providing palliative care: a feasibility study
School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD Mindfulness, Feasibility studies, palliative care, Randomised controlled trials Dr Helen Noble and Dr Clare McVeigh
Dr Helen Noble and Dr Clare McVeigh
Application deadline
None specified
School of Nursing and Midwifery Unfunded Nursing & Midwifery Open 2

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. As part of the application process candidates will be required to submit a research proposal and undertake an interview.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £17,460
International £17,460

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Nursing & Midwifery costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.