Nursing Studies

PhD/MPhil Nursing Studies

The PhD/MPhil Nursing Studies programme is an advanced postgraduate research degree for students wishing to conduct in-depth independent research on an area to contribute to nursing knowledge and evidence. It offers the student a chance to make a significant contribution to knowledge in nursing.

Applications Portal 

Applications for 2024/25 entry are now open. Please read through the Apply section for all relevant information on application requirements and deadlines. 

Start date

September and January. 

Length of study

MPhil: two years full-time, four years part-time

PhD: three years full-time, six years part-time

Programme director Dr Larry Doi

Why study this programme?

Reasons why you should study this programme.


Find out how your research will be structured.

Student Research and Potential Supervision

A list of potential PhD topics that can be supervised by Nursing Studies staff.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the PhD/MPhil in Nursing Studies.

How to apply

We operate a gathered field approach for PhD and MSc by Research applications. Find out how this works.

PhD students

Find out about our current PhD students and previous PhD students that have completed in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh since 1960.

Tuition Fees information 

Visit the funding & scholarship webpages to browse the opportunities available across our subject areas


Other relevant programmes of study:

Our PhD Health in Social Science programme is a School wide PhD for those interested in wider Health issues and for those who wish to undertake a Health related PhD but are not nurses.

Find out more