From Maternal and Child Health to Chronic Illness and Palliative Care, our research is changing and improving care for people at every stage of life – from their first breath to their last.
Your research will be hosted in our School and linked to the interdisciplinary and university-wide Centre For Evidence and Social Innovation and the Graduate School, extending your potential in the UK and internationally.
How to apply
1. Check you are eligible
Before drafting a research proposal and making an application to undertake a PhD, please check you have the appropriate qualifications and which projects are ongoing. If none of the available projects suits you, you must check whether we can support your area of interest, and identify a supervisor.
2. Contact the potential Supervisor
Once you have confirmed your qualifications and identified a potential project and supervisor in the area of your research interest, you should make contact via email for an initial introduction. Please include:
The reason for selecting this particular supervisor;
A 500-word statement of the area you are interested in and its significance;
A brief, but precise, account of your academic qualifications.
In particular, please indicate any qualifications you already have in Nursing and Midwifery, the level and the final mark. Further information on any practical experience and/or dissertations completed would also be helpful to the potential supervisor.
If you have been unable to identify anyone from the webpage who might be a suitable supervisor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further support. Note that while we will do all we can to help you find a supervisor, it is not always possible to do so.
3. Research Proposal
If the proposed supervisor is willing to support an application from you then you must prepare a good quality research proposal to submit with your application for consideration by the selectors. Please note that the agreement to submit an application is not a guarantee of success at this stage.
Any proposals exceeding 2000 words will be returned for amendment.
Nursing & Midwifery Highlights
In relation to the Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care theme, the School is a constituent member of the All-Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care and through that is developing an island-wide research portfolio.
The School promotes the integration of research in curriculum and practice development, working closely with our practice partners to develop the future leaders in nursing and midwifery.
Internationally Renowned Experts
In Maternal and Child Health, we have conducted some of the first UK wide trials on relationships and sexuality education in schools to help better prepare young people for positive sexual and reproductive health and parenting.
We offer fully-funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres
We have put together a series of videos to help you apply, as well as guidance on how to write a proposal, but first please make contact with the Director of Postgraduate Studies Dr Helen Noble so that a suitable supervisor can be identified who can work with you on a research proposal prior to interview.
The School was ranked 7th in the UK for research intensity in the 2014 UK REF Exercise.
Our research is funded by the NIHR, UKRI, the World Health Organisation, Horizon 2020 as well as leading international charities.
Nursing and Midwifery: Chronic Illness and Palliative Care (PhD/MPhil)
The aim of this research theme is to improve the health and wellbeing of those with chronic illness, especially in relation to chronic heart disease, and those requiring palliative care and their informal carers. Our team’s research fosters a sound evidence base in which multiple research approaches are promoted, using: epidemiology, ethics, health services research, behavioural sciences and randomized control trials. An innovative feature of the team is in pioneering the viability of the palliative care approach beyond the field of cancer care into areas such as dementia care and a range of chronic illnesses.
You’ll work with an internationally recognised and connected group of researchers conducting research with them to provide new solutions for supportive care in chronic illness and innovative palliative care.
Nursing and Midwifery: Maternal and Child Health (PhD/MPhil)
The aim of this research theme is to improve health and well-being in pregnancy, childbirth and early years care and amongst children with long term health conditions or disabilities, such as acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy. Our team’s research is renowned for developing and evaluating interventions, contributing to the evidence base worldwide in improving Maternal and Child Health outcomes, especially focussing where the need is greatest. One of the many valuable innovations we make to the field of Maternal and Child Health is in relation to fathers and prospective fathers, unlocking men’s potential to improve health and social care outcomes for children, and in turn to men’s own health.
You’ll work with an outstanding group of researchers who are at the heart of improvements in parental and child health, recognising that improving health in pregnancy, infancy and childhood is important for adult health and wellbeing across generations.
Nursing and Midwifery: Education and Practice (PhD/MPhil)
The School is at the forefront of educational innovation and this theme showcases emergent research and scholarship in education and practice.
This programme promotes the integration of research in curriculum and practice development enabling us to develop future leaders in nursing and midwifery.
The School's research is having a profound impact on the health of the population, from cradle to grave.
Employment after the Course
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Feedback can be written, verbal or online, and may come from your supervisor or mentor; the Postgraduate Tutor or indeed, on occasions, from other students.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's has one of the most advanced Clinical Education suites in Europe, and we are introducing a new state of the art Simulation Centre in Autumn 2020. This will prepare students for the increasingly challenging and complex realities of modern clinical practice.
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. As part of the application process, candidates will be required to submit a research proposal and undertake an interview.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check with us the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
Northern Ireland (NI) 1: £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2: £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1: £4,500
EU Other 3: £17,460
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22 and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.