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Nursing & Midwifery - Research

The School of Nursing at Midwifery is a research intensive School with an international reputation for high quality research. As with our teaching programmes, we strive to ensure that our research improves nursing and midwifery practice, the health of those receiving nursing and midwifery care and informs health care policy. School's key research interests and activities are centered around cognate research clusters. Each cluster is composed of a group of academic staff and research students with a shared research interest who offer each other support within a resourced research environment. The School has specific methodological expertise in case study, grounded theory, phenomenology, in evaluating complex interventions through randomised trials including cluster trials and in systematic reviews and meta analyses.

Please check the School's website for more information about our areas of research interests, activities and expertise.

Research activity within the School of Nursing involves over sixty postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in four main research areas:

Chronic illness and older people
This cluster brings together researchers working in the field of ageing and chronic illness and involves both qualitative and quantitative research. The focus of work has been on the care of older people with a specific focus on quality of care, person centered care, factors impacting on older people's lives, life stores/biographical data, dementia, rural ageing, carers quality of life, and end of life care. Innovative ways of educating others to self manage chronic illnesses are also a key element of the work for examples developing and implementing structured education programmes in relation to the self management of COPD, prevention and management of diabetes, including self-management and teaching health care staff to support clients with dementia.

Maternity care and women's health
This cluster brings together researchers working in the field of midwifery and women's health.
Work in this area focuses on the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care including perspectives on childbirth and assessment of foetal wellbeing including cardiotocography and intermittent auscultation.

Teaching and learning
This cluster brings together researchers working in the field of education. Specifically,
the work of the cluster focuses on three priority areas; teaching, learning & assessment strategies; distance education (including e learning & blended learning) and competency assessment and preceptorship in nursing and midwifery.

Mental Health
The Mental Health Research Cluster (MHRC) places priority on clinical focused research. The work of the group is committed to further enhancing links between mental health research, education, policy and practice. The group has a wide range of multidisciplinary collaborations locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, the cluster has close links with HSE and user and carer organisations at local and national level. The overall aim of the MHRC is to undertake and disseminate high-quality interdisciplinary mental health research that has national and international relevancy. This research will influence and be responsive to contemporary mental health policy, practice and education.

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.

MPhil: to pursue an MPhil potential candidates should, in the first instance, consult the list of key research areas of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and make contact with Head of School or with the relevant academic staff member/potential supervisor. Following informal consultation, the candidate will submit a research proposal for consideration by the Board of the School of Nursing and Midwifery for entry to the MPhil programme. In the event that the potential candidate is accepted for entry onto the programme the, the candidate must then formally apply via PAC


GYN59 PhD (Nursing) full-time
GYN60 PhD (Nursing) part-time
GYN73 MPhil (Nursing) full-time
GYN74 MPhil (Nursing) part-time
GYN75 MPhil (Midwifery) full-time
GYN76 MPhil (Midwifery) part-time
GYN77 PhD (Midwifery) Full Time
GYN78 PhD (Midwifery) Part time

Further enquiries

Dympna Casey / Declan Devane
Tel: +353 91 493 652 / +353 91 495 858

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 foetal wellbeing

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