Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

  • Professional Doctorate in Nursing

    The Professional Doctorate in Nursing (DNurs) is a part-time doctoral programme which is aimed at nurses who wish to remain in practice, develop research skills and knowledge with a peer group and experience our world class research institute OxINMAHR. The programme is focused for nurses who want to develop their knowledge and skills in research to enable them to become independent nurse researchers. The programme will enable nurses to develop research and leadership in practice  through the application of higher level critical thinking knowledge and skills. The DNurs programme develops students over a 5 year period, with the first 2 years being delivered in a modular format, through face to face teaching and on-line activities and the last 3 years exploring an area of practice through independent research.  The programme modules are outlined on the module page.  The successful outcome of the award is through production of a thesis and successful defense of your research at a viva examination.

  • The aims of the DNurs are to:

    • provide a deeper knowledge, understanding and awareness of nursing
    • develop and produce independent, reflective and competent researchers
    • promote critical self reflection and knowledge acquisition
    • help professionals to manage their own learning in order to promote high levels of critical understanding and professional application.
  • The DNurs will provide the opportunity to:

    • study nursing theory and practice with a cohort of like-minded individuals
    • develop research skills in order to carry out doctoral level research
    • research specific issues of professional relevance and concern in depth
    • develop a strong research-practitioner community
    • study the methodology and methods of health care research.
  • Why study at Oxford Brookes?

    • Home to the world class research institute OxINMAHR.
    • 125 years nursing education in Oxford
    • Part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (OxAHSC) – one of only six such Centres designated by the Department of Health in England
    • Partnerships with local NHS Foundation Trusts (Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford Health and Great Western Hospitals)