Nursing & Midwifery - Research

School Description:
The School of Nursing and Midwifery was established in 1996 at a time of great change in nursing education in Ireland. Subsequently a rapid expansion followed to a point where postgraduate programmes are offered catering for many branches of nursing and midwifery as well as other Healthcare professions. The School has a definite research profile and has formed many national and international links.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
• at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
• a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees
All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Head of School: Prof. Anne-Marie Brady
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Prof. Fiona Timmins
Telephone:+353-1-896 2579
Fax:+353-1-896 3001 or

Application date

Research Applications
No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Prior To Submitting An Electronic Application, All Applicants Should Ensure That They Have Met The Specific Programme Requirements Laid Down By Trinity Business School.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing

Research areas

Research Programmes
The School has a growing record of attracting research funding in various health care areas. Research interest groups are working in collaboration with international experts in the areas of cardiovascular, oncology-palliative care, child health care, midwifery-led care, generic and intellectual disability, autism, health care management, mental illness and adult education issues. This work has created opportunities for full-time research posts.

In partnership with Queen's University Belfast, staff have assisted the School of Nursing in Jordan University of Science and Technology to develop two existing M.Sc. programmes and to institute a third. This work is funded by an EU TEMPUS grant. Staff are also working with universities in five countries including Charles and Pardubice Universities in the Czech Republic, Turku and Stadia Polytechnics in Finland, Murcia University in Spain, and Dundee and Paisley Universities in Scotland on a study investigating the development of ethical reasoning in student nurses as a care skill. The School has also been granted support by the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme for an exchange project aiming at exploring educational issues relating to the training of professionals to care for people with intellectual disability with Akershus University College in Norway.

Furthermore, an important study, involving several EU countries, is in preparation, and is being submitted for EU FP7 funding.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Nursing and Midwifery (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Nursing and Midwifery (Full-Time)
• Master in Science, Nursing and Midwifery (Part-Time)
• Master in Science, Nursing and Midwifery (Full-Time)

September 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Nursing and Midwifery (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Nursing and Midwifery (Full-Time)
• Master in Science, Nursing and Midwifery (Part-Time)
• Master in Science, Nursing and Midwifery (Full-Time)

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