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Nursing and Midwifery

MPhil or PhD

Key facts

Start dates

September 2022 / January 2023

Application deadline

Please allow at least four months between submitting your application and your expected start date, especially if you are an international student arranging a visa.

Course length

Full time: 2 - 3 years

Part time: 3 - 4 years

Funding status



A research degree with the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery allows you to develop your research knowledge and skills to advance Nursing and Midwifery theory and practice. This will contribute to internationally recognised research supported by research active staff and a vibrant, cross-discipline research student community.

The School offers high quality research facilities that can be accessed by both part-time and full-time students. All research students become part of the University's Graduate College, which runs a comprehensive programme of training sessions and workshops to give you the opportunity to acquire both research and transferable skills to advance your career. We complement this with research methodology courses, seminars featuring eminent academics, and the opportunity to present work at the Annual Faculty Research Student Symposium.

We also offer a Professional Doctorate in Nursing (DNurs) and a Professional Doctorate in Midwifery (DMid)

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Research expertise

At the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, we aspire to bring together eminent figures in healthcare research through our research. We strive to nurture the next generation of researchers.

The majority of our research is accredited as ‘world-leading’. Meanwhile, our unique partnership across research groups, centres and clinical partners allows us to create the best possible opportunities for our researchers.

Degree routes

All students enrol as probationer research students. During the first year you will formally register your research proposal for one of the below routes. 

How to apply

Entry requirements

All students must be able to meet the University’s requirements for a research degree, which is to be able to devote a minimum of 35 hours per week (full-time) or 15 hours per week (part-time) to the programme of research.

The minimum entry requirement for the degree of MPhil, or MPhil with transfer to PhD, is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification.

The normal entry requirement for a PhD is a Masters degree, or exceptionally a good honours degree/equivalent.

English language requirements

Our requirement is IELTS: 6.5-7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), depending on the subject. Please note that an IELTS certificate must be current; they are only valid for 2 years from issue. For further information about the test visit the IELTS website. Please note that we are unable to accept TOEFL qualifications.

However, there may be some exceptions. See UK Government visa information for more detail on the information.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Application process

  1. If you have a research proposal in mind, explore our research groups and supervisory staff webpages, to identify the relevant research group/s for your research.
  2. Check the fees information on the university website. Oxford Brookes Alumni may be entitled to a discount on course fees.
  3. Email your CV and an outline of your area of interest to Give a brief explanation of how your studies will be funded.
  4. Once we have the initial information we will liaise with you as necessary and pass the information to the relevant Postgraduate Tutor/s, who will advise whether an application can be progressed. If this is possible we will invite you to submit an application through the university system. 

Tuition fees

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities by visiting our finance web pages: 

Fees increase by approximately 4% each year and apply to all MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD, MA by Research, MSc by Research and LLM by Research programmes.

If you have any questions about fees get in touch with the Research Degrees Team at