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Nursing & Midwifery - Structured

PAC Codes:
GYP40 Full Time
GYP41 Part Time

Course overview
This is a Structured PhD programme for experienced nurses which aims to further develop practice expertise and capacity to assure quality and patient outcomes, lead and manage change. This programme is especially suited for experienced nurses in leadership roles.

Students are required to undertake the following compulsory modules on the programme (totalling 90 ECTS):

Advanced Nursing Concepts in Theory and Practice

Health Economics and Influencing Policy

Systematic Review and Research Synthesis

Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration

Research Practice

Programmes available

Structured PhD (Doctorate in Nursing Practice) – full-time, four years
Structured PhD (Doctorate in Nursing Practice) – part-time, six years

Areas of interest

The School's research interests, expertise and activities are centred on the following themes:
Healthy and Active Ageing
Maternity Care and Women's Health
Randomised Trials and Evidence Synthesis

Entry requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Additional entry requirements
Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.


Structured PhD (Nursing & Midwifery) full-time four years

Structured PhD (Nursing & Midwifery) part-time six years

Further enquiries

Programme Director
Dr Maura Dowling

T +353 91 493 833

Research areas

Areas of interest

Management of chronic illnesses
Dementia care
Older people
Quality of life
Person-centred care
Cultural issues in nursing & midwifery
Health promotion and nursing
Service learning
Structured Education
Nurse-patient relationships
Caring and nursing
Oncology nursing practice
Advanced practice roles in nursing
Maternity care and women's health
Models of maternity care
Assessment of fetal wellbeing
Wound Management

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