Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

OSN+M - what research degrees are there?

  • 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.

  • Full-time: three years. Part-time: 4 years (min.); up to six years (max.)

    Undertaking a PhD involves:

    • Critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic, resulting in an independent and original contribution to knowledge
    • Demonstrating an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field
    • Presenting and defending a substantial thesis by oral examination



    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. 

    For more information visit the Professional Doctorate in Nursing page
  • Studentships

    Application deadline: 25 February 2022

    • Digital self-management for personalised supportive cancer care

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