Course Overview

This is a Structured PhD programme for experienced nurses which aims to further develop practice expertise and capacity to assure quality and patient outcomes, lead and manage change. This programme is especially suited for experienced nurses in leadership roles.  

Students are required to undertake the following compulsory modules on the programme (totalling 90 ECTS):

  • Advanced Nursing Concepts in Theory and Practice
  • Health Economics and Influencing Policy
  • Systematic Review and Research Synthesis
  • Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Research Practice

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (Doctorate in Nursing Practice)—full-time, four years
Structured PhD (Doctorate in Nursing Practice)—part-time, six years
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Candidates will be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application. 

How to apply:

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Before making an online application, we advise you to contact us and consult with a researcher at the School of Nursing and Midwifery. For information on submitting an online application visit How to Apply.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

The School’s research interests, expertise and activities are centred on the following themes:

  • Healthy and Active Ageing
  • Maternity Care and Women’s Health
  • Randomised Trials and Evidence Synthesis

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Extra Information

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,910. p.a.

Contact Us

Programme Director
Dr Maura Dowling
T +353 91 493 833