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.

Impact on nursing

The PhD/MPhil programme is an advanced research degree enabling students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice, thereby contributing to the knowledge and evidence base for nursing.

International environment

Nursing Studies at Edinburgh University attracts a wide range of research degree students from the UK and from overseas. There are around 15 to 20 students registered for higher research degrees (i.e. MPhil or PhD) at any one time, some studying full-time and many on a part-time basis. Applicants with interests related to current research in Nursing Studies are especially welcomed. Our cosmopolitan community of graduate students make a valued contribution to a thriving research environment in Nursing Studies, the School, and the University.