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Postgraduate research

Nursing PhD

What is Nursing?

A research degree will open the door to work in full-time research, healthcare practice and administration and, if you’re a practitioner, to a greater understanding of your professional practice. We provide a broad research environment for candidates from a range of health and care settings with extensive professional and academic expertise in healthcare environments ranging from primary care to public policy.

We offer supervision for cross-disciplinary projects linking to management, public health, health promotion, education and social care. Our particular strengths lie in workforce development, health and wellbeing, mental health, intervention design and evaluation, and public health.

For some candidates the Centre for the Study of Faith, Science and Values in Healthcare may provide a particular focus. The centre is concerned with a whole person approach to healthcare. It seeks to establish a scientific and values-based paradigm for the integration of body, mind and spirit in the promotion of health and wellbeing, as well as the healing of illness and the prevention of dysfunction.

To support the development of your research skills, you’re required to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods and you’ll be encouraged and supported to publish in both academic and professional outlets.

Research areas

  • Workforce development
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Professional development
  • Mental health nursing
  • Physical activity promotion in health care and community settings
  • Intervention pathways and effectiveness for patient care
  • Public health
  • Intervention design and evaluation

This research contributes to the research priority areas  Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing and Learning and Professional Contexts.


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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

Start date Course code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
October 2023 TBC TBC
February 2024 TBC TBC
October 2024 TBC TBC
February 2025 TBC TBC

Industry links

Our researchers have active leadership roles across the health and care communities in the county – a level of community involvement that means our students join a group of engaged researchers who push forward both new knowledge and professional practice.

Applied research has been carried out for a variety of organisations including Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Skills for Care, and the Greenwich Primary Care Trust.

Some current topics include:

  • investigating the clinical benefits from closer links in a three-way therapeutic relationship between carers, service users and clinicians
  • evaluating the implementation of the Sherborne Developmental Movement Programme with children with severe autistic spectrum disorders
  • considering the effects of obesity and well-being on women’s fertility.

Get supervision across a range of subjects

With a wide range of staff expertise in nursing, allied health professions, social work and social care, the team is able to supervise research across a range of subject areas, and tailored to your discipline.

Gain opportunities to train and network

The university offers a range of research training events and you’ll be encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences.

Learn from expert researchers and practitioners

Be supported by our researchers, who have active leadership roles across the health and care communities in the county.

Trips and experiences

The university offers a range of research training events and students are encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences.

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