Nursing & Midwifery

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

Course overview

The School of Nursing at Midwifery is a research intensive School with an international reputation for high quality research. As with our teaching programmes, we strive to ensure that our research improves nursing and midwifery practice, the health of those receiving nursing and midwifery care and informs health care policy. The School's key research interests and activities are centered around cognate research clusters. Each cluster is composed of a group of academic staff and research students with a shared research interest who offer each other support within a resourced research environment.  The School has specific methodological expertise in case study, grounded theory, phenomenology, in evaluating complex interventions through randomised trials including cluster trials and in systematic reviews and meta analyses.

Please check the School's website for more information about our areas of research interests, activities and expertise.

Research activity within the School of Nursing involves over sixty postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in four main research areas: 

Chronic illness and older people

This cluster brings together researchers working in the field of ageing and chronic illness and involves both qualitative and quantitative research. The focus of work has been on the care of older people with a specific focus on quality of care, person centered care, factors impacting on older people's lives, life stores/biographical data, dementia, rural ageing, carers quality of life, and end of life care.  Innovative ways of educating others to self manage chronic illnesses are also a key element of the work for example developing and implementing structured education programmes in relation to the self management of COPD, prevention and management of diabetes including self-management and teaching health care staff to support clients with dementia.

Maternity care and women's health

This cluster brings together researchers working in the field of midwifery and women's health. Work in this area focusses on the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care including perspectives on childbirth and assessment of fetal wellbeing including cardiotocography and intermittent auscultation.

Teaching and learning

This cluster brings together researchers working in the field of education. Specifically, the work of the cluster focuses on three priority areas; teaching, learning & assessment strategies; distance education (including e learning & blended learning) and competency assessment and preceptorship in nursing and midwifery.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Research Cluster (MHRC) places priority on clinical focused research. The work of the group is committed to further enhancing links between mental health research, education, policy and practice.  The group has a wide range of multidisciplinary collaborations locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, the cluster has close links with HSE and user and carer organisations at local and national level.  The overall aim of the MHRC  is to undertake and disseminate high-quality interdisciplinary mental health research that has national and international relevancy. This research will influence and be responsive to contemporary mental health policy, practice and education.

Programmes available

PhD (Nursing), part-time
PhD (Midwifery), part-time
MPhil (Nursing), full-time
MPhil (Nursing), part-time
MPhil (Midwifery), full-time
MPhil (Midwifery), part-time

Entry requirements

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. Additional entry requirements: candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

to pursue an MPhil  potential candidates should, in the first instance, consult the list of key research areas of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and make contact with Head of School or with the relevant academic staff member/potential supervisor. Following informal consultation, the candidate will submit a research proposal for consideration by the Board of the School of Nursing and Midwifery for entry to the MPhil  programme. In the event that the potential candidate is accepted for entry onto the programme the, the candidate must then formally apply via PAC 

Areas of interest

  • Management of chronic illnesses 
  • Dementia care 
  • Older people 
  • Quality of life 
  • Person-centred care 
  • Cultural issues in nursing & midwifery 
  • Health promotion and nursing 
  • Service learning 
  • Structured Education 
  • Nurse-patient relationships 
  • Caring and nursing 
  • Oncology nursing practice 
  • Advanced practice roles in nursing 
  • Maternity care and women's health 
  • Models of maternity care 
  • Assessment of fetal wellbeing 

Researcher profiles

Professor Kathy Murphy
Quality of care and quality of life of older people, person-centred care, cultural issues
in nursing chronic illness and structured education programmes

Dr Dympna Casey
Health promotion and nursing, care of older people, cultural issues in nursing, service learning,  self management and chronic illness and structured education programmes  

Dr Maura Dowling
Nurse-patient relationships, caring and nursing, oncology nursing practice, advanced practice roles in nursing, mental health.

Dr. Adeline Cooney
Quality of life of older people, the meaning of “home” for older people in long-stay care settings, connectedness and older people, dementia, reminiscence, life story, older people and chronic illness, structured education programmes and grounded theory.

Professor Declan Devane
Maternity care and women's health, models of maternity care, assessment of fetal wellbeing,
randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta analyses. 


Contact Us

Dympna Casey | Declan Devane
T +353 91 493 652 | +353 91 495 858

PAC code


PhD (part-time) GYN60
MPhil (full-time) GYN73
MPhil (part-time) GYN74


PhD (part-time) GYN78
MPhil (full-time) GYN75
MPhil (part-time) GYN76

Current project


Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2016/17

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2016/17

Ph.D. EU Full time programme:  €4,529 p.a.

Ph.D. EU Part time programme:  €2,320 p.a.

How to Apply

How to Apply