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A research degree in the Department of Nursing allows you to develop your skills and contribute to internationally recognised research supported by skilled staff and a vibrant, cross-discipline research student community.
The department offers high quality training and research facilities that can be accessed by both part-time and full-time students, and 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. The department complements this with research methodology courses, seminars featuring eminent academics, and the opportunity to present work at the Annual Faculty Research Student Symposium.
You may register for a research degree on a full-time or part-time basis and applications are welcome from part-time students in employment who wish to undertake a research project which is connected with their work. 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.
All students enrol as Probationer Research Students and during the first year formally register their research proposal for one of the following routes.
We run a successful, well established and innovative Doctoral (PhD) Training Program (DTP) that encourages nurses and allied health professionals to remain in clinical practice and actively involved in patient care, while pursuing doctoral studies. This program is modelled on the highly successful clinical DTP model used by the medical profession. Over the four years, the PhD candidates remain in clinical practice for 50% of their time and spend the remaining 50% on their translational research which is directly related to their clinical work and has a recognized benefit to patients and the NHS. The DTP is overseen by two experienced post-graduate tutors, who are also Professors in OxINMAHR, and whose role is to monitor progress and oversee a comprehensive training program that is delivered at University, Faculty and OxINMAHR levels.
Examples of recent opportunities
For more information visit the OxINMAHR opportunities page
Full-time: three years. Part-time: 4 years (min.); up to six years (max.)
Undertaking a PhD involves:
Full entry requirements can be found under Section 2 of the Research Degree Regulations (B6) available at /regulations/
Research degrees normally start in September or January. You can apply at any time of year. Please allow at least four months between submitting your application and your expected start date so there is time to process your application, especially if you are an international student arranging a visa.