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Summary

Postgraduate Research Education within the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences is organised and delivered through the Institute of Nursing and Health Research. The Institute is well known nationally and internationally for providing high quality research training, which is relevant to nursing and health practice.

Nursing at Ulster University is in the premier league of universities in the UK and in terms of 4* research (i.e. research that is world- leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour) we are ranked among the top 3 universities. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results show that 96% of nursing and health sciences research at Ulster University is of international excellence or 'world leading' and 100% of our research impact and 100% of our research environment are also recognised and world leading or internationally excellent.

The University welcomes applicants interested in researching Health and Rehabilitation Technologies, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Chronic Illnesses, Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research, and Person-centred Practice Research.

About

Research facilities and groups

There is excellent infrastructure of supervision and support for PhD researchers both off and on campus. The Faculty supports and monitors postgraduate research education and is responsible for ensuring high quality supervision. The Doctoral College and Faculty organise PhD researcher conferences, to encourage and develop student's skills, throughout their doctoral programme. Regular PhD researcher progress seminars are organised by the Institute of Nursing and Health Research at which PhD researchers present their research at an initial assessment, at around 10-15months (confirmation assessment) and prior to submission of the thesis (final assessment). These seminars offer PhD researchers and supervisors an opportunity to discuss methodological and other issues. The emphasis is on promoting a culture which values research.

The Institute of Nursing and Health Research provides a unique experience for doctoral researchers who wish to develop their research skills and knowledge in order to make a significant contribution to knowledge in their chosen fields. Supervision is available to support improvements in Nursing and Healthcare across the life course, from before birth to bereavement support. Postgraduate study contributes to research centres in:

Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies

Head of Centre: Professor Suzanne McDonough
Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Head of Centre: Dr Laurence Taggart
Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre

Head of Centre: Professor Vivien Coates
Centre for Maternal, Foetal and Infant Research

Head of Centre: Professor Marlene Sinclair
Person-centred Practice Research Centre

Head of Centre: Professor Assumpta Ryan

In addition, the Institute of Nursing and Health Research is supporting the development of programmes of research in mental health nursing (as part of a University-wide development in mental health research), nursing and health sciences education and health promotion. The purpose of the centres and evolving programmes is for members to focus on their selected areas of expertise and to support each other, share ideas and resources in order to promote research in their fields, locally, nationally and internationally. MPhil and PhD supervisors are drawn mainly from these groups. We invite applicants to make contact with the relevant Centre leader and/or postgraduate tutor (Dr Donna Brown) if they want to discuss a project for their study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study. We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master's Degree with Distinction.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.

Additional information for International applicants may be found
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/apply/int...

English language requirements

In order to be admitted to research study at Ulster, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as part of your application.

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/apply/eng...

Duration

PhD Research
You can study for a PhD on a full (3 years) or part-time (6 years) basis and by the end of your programme, you will have produced a body of work that makes a contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

We have various routes to obtaining a PhD - for example, in some areas you can submit a practical element as part of your submission, such as a piece of art or a musical composition.

MPhil:
The MPhil programme is studied over a 2 year period on a full-time basis or 4 years on a part-time basis.

We would recommend that you contact one of our academic staff whose interests align with your own to discuss your intended research prior to submitting an application.

Careers or further progression

Careers and opportunities

PhD graduates are recognised by employers to hold valuable transferrable skills, as the nature of the degree trains candidates in creativity, critical inquiry, problem solving, negotiation skills, professionalism and confidence.

The most recent Ulster survey of PhD graduates found that 92% had secured employment within the first year since graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2015), and while two thirds end up in the Higher Education or Research sectors, the range of skills acquired equips the remainder for employment in a wide range of contexts.

Further enquiries

Contact supervisor
Professor Kader Parahoo
Telephone
+44 28 7012 4623

Email
ak.parahoo@ulster.ac.uk

Comment

Research facilities and groups
There is excellent infrastructure of supervision and support for students both off and on campus. The Research Graduate School supports and monitors postgraduate research education in the Faculty. It is responsible for ensuring high quality supervision. One of the key roles of the Research Graduate School is to organise student conferences, usually at three crucial points during the doctoral programme (at three months, at the end of the first year and prior to submission of the thesis). Regular seminars are also organised by the Institute of Nursing and Health Research at which staff and students present their research and discuss methodological and other issues. The emphasis is on promoting a culture which values research.

The Institute of Nursing and Health Research provides a unique experience for doctoral students who wish to develop their research skills and knowledge in order to make a significant contribution to knowledge in their chosen fields. Within the Institute of Nursing Research there are 5 Research Centres:

Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
(Head of Centre: Professor Suzanne McDonough, s.mcdonough@ulster.ac.uk)

Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(Head of Centre: Dr Laurence Taggart, l.taggart@ulster.ac.uk)

Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
(Head of Centre: Professor Vivien Coates, ve.coates@ulster.ac.uk)

Centre for Maternal, Foetal and Infant Research
(Head of Centre: Professor Marlene Sinclair, m.sinclair1@ulster.ac.uk)

Person-centred Practice Research Centre
(Head of Centre: Professor Tanya McCance, tv.mccance@ulster.ac.uk)

In addition, the Institute of Nursing and Health Research is supporting the development of programmes of research in mental health nursing (as part of a University-wide development in mental health research), nursing and health sciences education and health promotion. The purpose of the centres and evolving programmes is for members to focus on their selected areas of expertise and to support each other, share ideas and resources in order to promote research in their fields, locally, nationally and internationally. MPhil and PhD supervisors are drawn mainly from these groups. We invite applicants to make contact with the relevant Centre leader and/or postgraduate tutor if they want to discuss a project for their study.

Application date

Apply

We are delighted that you are considering Ulster University for your research studies. Full details on the application process and further guidance on how to apply, and what you will need to upload as part of your application, is available at the link below.

Once you have identified supervisors, discussed a research proposal and are ready to make an application, please apply using the online application system.

Ulster University welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from persons with disabilities. It is University policy to assess all applications using academic criteria and on the basis of equality of opportunity and you should be assured that reasonable adjustments will be made should you require them.

Research areas

Staff research areas
Professor Owen Barr
o.barr@ulster.ac.uk
Physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities, Attitudes towards people with learning disabilities, Community care, The role of genetics in health care.

Dr Rosario Baxter
rcs.baxter@ulster.ac.uk
Children's nursing, Medical ethics and law.

Dr Pauline Black
p.black@ulster.ac.uk
Critical Care, ICU delirium, family involvement in care.

Dr Donna Brown
d.brown1@ulster.ac.uk
Evidence-based practice, culture and context, knowledge utilisation, person-centred practice, pain management, older people and nursing outcomes indicators

Ms Jackie Casey
j.casey2@ulster.ac.uk
Seating & postural control interventions for children and young people; Design of equipment to meet the needs of disabled children and their carers; Virtual reality with children; DCD in children.

Professor Vivien Coates
ve.coates@ulster.ac.uk
Self management of diabetes mellitus, People's management of chronic illness in general Research relating to nurse education.

Dr Wendy Cousins
w.cousins1@ulster.ac.uk
Health Psychology, Children and Young People, Organizational communication, Mental Health, Qualitative Methodologies .

Professor Helen Dolk
h.dolk@ulster.ac.uk
Epidemiology, Womens health, Congential abnormalities.

Dr Orla Duffy
od.duffy@ulster.ac.uk
Speech and Language Therapy

Dr Patricia Gillen
p.gillen@ulster.ac.uk
Midwifery research and women's health.

Dr Jackie Gracey
jh.gracey@ulster.ac.uk
Management of low back pain within physiotherapy; exercise and advice in the management of low back pain; cancer related fatigue and the role of exercise.

Dr Mary Hannon-Fletcher
mp.hannon@ulster.ac.uk
Macromolecule damage (DNA, lipid and carbohydrate), antioxidant and micronutrient, including folate and related B-vitamins, status in health and disease.

Dr Ciara Hughes
cm.hughes@ulster.ac.uk
Physiology, cell biology and complementary medicine.

Dr Sinead Keeney
sr.keeney@ulster.ac.uk
Cancer Prevention, Attitudes to Cancer, Suicide and Self Harm, the Delphi Technique and Consensus Methodologies.

Professor George Kernohan
wg.kernohan@ulster.ac.uk
Research to support evidence-based practice, especially to improve the creation and use of knowledge across health systems, using information technologies.

Dr Daniel Kerr
dp.kerr@ulster.ac.uk
Acupuncture, low back pain, musculoskeletal disorders, patient advice and education.

Dr Greg Kelly
gp.kelly@ulster.ac.uk
Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing and Autism.

Dr Dianne Liddle
sd.liddle@ulster.ac.uk
Non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal disorders; exercise and health; health care incorporating the perceptions and expectations of the service user.

Dr Maria Loane
ma.loane@ulster.ac.uk
Perinatal epidemiology, congenital anomalies, medication exposures in pregnancy, data linkage

Professor Suzanne Martin
s.martin@ulster.ac.uk
Community care policy and practice; electronic assistive technologies; ageing in place; Supported housing options.

Professor Tanya McCance
tv.mccance@ulster.ac.uk
Person-centred nursing/practice, practice development research, nursing outcome indicators, caring in nursing.

Professor Eilis McCaughan
em.mccaughan@ulster.ac.uk
Needs assessment in cancer care, Gender issues in cancer, Evaluation of nursing interventions

Professor Suzanne McDonough
s.mcdonough@ulster.ac.uk
Physical activity and health care technologies used for musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.

Dr Sonyia McFadden
s.mcfadden@ulster.ac.uk
Radiation dose, medical imaging, dose optimisation, protocols, DNA damage, interventional radiology.

Dr Helen McGarvey
h.mcgarvey@ulster.ac.uk
Preoperative nursing and the care of patients undergoing surgery, Therapeutic value of nursing, Telematics applications in nursing.

Professor Sonja McIlfatrick
sj.mcilfatrick@ulster.ac.uk
Palliative and end of life care; Family care giving and supporting carers, Palliative care and chronic illness.

Professor Hugh McKenna
hp.mckenna@ulster.ac.uk
Health Care workforce, Theory generation and testing, Mental Health, Interdisciplinary Research, Patient and Public Involvement in research.

Dr Oonagh McNally
o.mcnally@ulster.ac.uk
Biology, Student learning, E-learning.

Dr Vidar Melby
v.melby@ulster.ac.uk
Emergency care, vulnerable people.

Dr Kevin Moore
kd.moore@ulster.ac.uk
Gerontological nursing, role of support workers in health and social care, psychological assessment in the post-stroke period, person-centred nursing for mental health clients.

Dr Fidelma Moran
f.moran@ulster.ac.uk
Respiratory diseases with special interest in bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and the respiratory management of neuromuscular disease; non- invasive ventilation; outcome measurement including dynamic lung function and sputum.

Dr Brenda O'Neill
b.oneill@ulster.ac.uk
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise, rehabilitation after critical illness, oxygen therapy, bronchiectasis, patient education and self management.

Professor Kader Parahoo
ak.parahoo@ulster.ac.uk
Research/evidence dissemination and utilisation, Evaluation of interventions, Risk taking behaviours.

Dr Alison Porter-Armstrong
a.porter@ulster.ac.uk
Community care policy and practice; caregivers; assistive technologies and pressure care mapping.

Professor Assumpta Ryan
aa.ryan@ulster.ac.uk
Gerontological nursing and the care of older people, family care giving, community care for older people, impact of entry to care on older people and their families, health and social care in rural areas.

Professor Marlene Sinclair
m.sinclair1@ulster.ac.uk
Midwifery, Birth technology, Evidence-based practice.

Dr Paul Slater
pf.slater@ulster.ac.uk

Dr May Stinson
md.stinson@ulster.ac.uk
Seating; postural management; pressure ulcer prevention; the use of technologies including pressure mapping to prevent the development of pressure ulcers.

Dr Laurence Taggart
l.taggart@ulster.ac.uk
Mental health and people with learning disability, Assessment, treatment and management evaluation of people with learning disabilities, Service provision development, Alcohol use and people with learning disabilities.

Dr Iseult Wilson
i.wilson@ulster.ac.uk
Musculoskeletal, low back pain, shoulder pain, musicians' playing related disorders.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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