Nursing Studies

PhD/MPhil Nursing Studies

The PhD/MPhil Nursing Studies programme is an advanced 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.



Start date

Recommended start dates are September and January. 

You should submit your application at least two months before the proposed start date.

Length of study

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

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

Programme director Dr Sheila Rodgers

Why study this programme?

Reasons why you should study this programme.

Contents and structure

Find out how your research will be structured.

Potential PhD titles

A list of potential PhD titles supervised by Nursing Studies staff.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the PhD/MPhil in Nursing Studies.


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

Research environment

We offer a lively research environment with a mix of research interests and methods.

PhD students

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

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

Related links

PhD by Distance

Scholarships and Student Funding Information