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Postgraduate Research

September 2012 : An Introductory Guide

This document is an introductory guide to help you to piece together relevant information regarding assessment of progression through doctoral studies. The guide is available in pdf format.

Dr Sonja McIlfatrick


The Institute of Nursing and Health Research has a large and vibrant community of doctoral scholars, including many international students from all over the world. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, we were ranked among the top three UK institutions carrying out powerful research in nursing and midwifery. The results showed that all of the School’s research was of an international standard and 40% was classed as being ‘world leading,’ making this the ideal place to study for a postgraduate research award.

The postgraduate research programme provides students with transferable skills in research and serves as the foundation for a career as an investigator and scholar. It also gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in healthcare. We are committed to offering excellent supervision and support to our doctoral students and our PhD supervisors are drawn mainly from the four research centres and the new research programmes within the Institute.

Doctoral programmes are available either on a full-time basis studying over three years, or part-time basis studying over six years. Currently we have 26 full-time and 35 part-time PhD students enrolled in our PhD programme.

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Doctoral students are supported through student conferences, regular seminars and a programme of methodological development workshops and training opportunities. We also have a postgraduate doctoral research committee, who have a clear focus on all issues related to the supervision, education and training of research students as well as seeking to enhance the overall quality of admission, supervision, performance and examination of research students within the Institute.

Dr Sonja McIlfatrick,
Postgraduate Tutor for Institute of Nursing and Health Research,
For further information:
PhD student forms (research office)