Nursing and Midwifery (PhD)

Queen's University Belfast the United Kingdom

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About Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University Belfast

Research in the School is organised under one overarching research cluster, led by Prof Fiona Alderdice as Director of Research. The School's research cluster, 'Identifying and Reducing Preventable Burden and Complexity in Vulnerable Groups' is focused on two key health care areas that are embedded in wider University collaborative research initiatives: Maternal and Child Health; and Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care.

Maternal and Child Health Theme co-ordinator: Professor Fiona Alderdice The Maternal and Child Health research theme is a multidisciplinary theme which focuses on high-risk groups in pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and childhood. There are two central strands of work: maternity care research and child health research, which have been developed using a comprehensive approach ranging from study of the health of populations to the health of individuals and the care that they receive and require.

Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care

The aims of the research theme are to:  

  • illuminate the experiences of cancer survivors and patients requiring palliative care, their informal carers and their professional carers, with a view to improving the experience of both survivorship and palliation
  • use those insights to provide a sound evidence base for care


The Maternal and Child Health theme has a long-standing reputation for high-quality research generated by two regional databases, the Northern Ireland Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation (NICORE) and the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR), both housed within the School.

A core strength of our research is the use of these and other international datasets to conduct follow-up studies of, for example, infants born late preterm, infants born with major congenital malformations, and children with cerebral palsy. Our strategy for this theme is to continue to build on our health and well-being follow-up studies and to introduce more Randomised Control Trials (RCTS) using tailored educational web resources, parenting programmes, rehabilitation programmes and psychosocial interventions.

In the Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care theme, our supportive care research concentrates on meeting the needs of cancer survivors. In terms of palliative care, our strengths include research into the palliative care needs of non-cancer patients, of the needs arising from the experience of distressing symptoms such as cachexia, and the needs of those caring for palliative patients. A major strength of both our supportive and palliative care research is our considerable experience in the development and testing of psychosocial interventions.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Entrance Requirements

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. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - 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.


For fees, funding and further information see:


  • Queen's Direct Applications Portal
  • Steps to Postgraduate Study Guidance (HEFCE)

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