(Structured PhD) Nursing

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Nursing

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

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:

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.

Areas of interest

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

Contact Us

Programme Director
Dr Maura Dowling

T +353 91 493 833
Email maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

GYP40 – Structured PhD (Doctorate in Nursing Practice), full-time
GYP41 – Structured PhD (Doctorate in Nursing Practice), part-time

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €€4,529 p.a 2016/2017

Non-EU: €€13,750 p.a 2016/2017

EU part-time: €2,250 p.a 2016/2017