Nursing Studies

Why study this programme?

Reasons why you should study this programme.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s foremost research institutions and there are obvious benefits for Nursing Studies in being located in a university with such a long research tradition and a strong research infrastructure.

Track record of excellence

Edinburgh’s Nursing Studies has played a prominent role throughout the developmental period for nursing research in Europe over the past 50 years. Established in 1956, Nursing Studies was Europe’s first university-based centre for nursing education and research. Scotland’s government-funded Nursing Research Unit was based in the then Department from 1971 to 1994, strengthening its national and international reputation as a major centre for research in nursing.

Unique research training

The MSc by Research offers the opportunity to gain advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing. The programme will enable you to develop your understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice in relation to nursing and related practices.

The programme is designed for qualified practitioners and for graduates (or equivalent) interested in research in the field. The distinctive features of this degree include:

  • Integration of generic social science and discipline-specific nursing studies research training and development
  • Social science approaches to research training in nursing studies
  • Close links with social science research concerned with health, illness and health services

International environment

Nursing Studies at Edinburgh University attracts a wide range of research degree students from the UK and from overseas. Our cosmopolitan community of graduate students make a valued contribution to a thriving research environment in Nursing Studies, the School, and the University.