College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Professional Doctorate, MPhil & PhD

PhD and MPhil degreesThe University has an outstanding national and international reputation with regards to practice-based research. Our doctoral (Level 8) courses have a strong focus on improving health outcomes and the experiences of patients and their carers through the transformation of care and service delivery. There are two routes available:

  • Professional Doctorate
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Professional Doctorate

Our professional doctorates have been specifically designed for healthcare practitioners:

This innovative course is different from many other doctoral programmes currently available. Learning has been designed to be directly applicable to your workplace. The course will enable you as a professional to consider the questions of importance in your clinical setting, and build capacity in you as a professional and researcher to enable you to answer these pressing questions. The course is designed to support you to reflect at an advanced level on your profession, your practice and enable you to develop new and original ways in which you can contribute to the professional knowledge base in your area of practice.

Download our PDF leaflets for more information.

For further information please contact Professor Heather Loveday ( and Rowan Myron, Associate Professor Healthcare Management (

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our MPhil/PhD programme provides you as an experienced healthcare practitioner/professionals, with high quality research training enabling you to design, manage and complete an applied research project that extends knowledge (MPhil) or makes an original contribution (PhD) to your field.

You will usually enrol for a MPhil with the option to transfer to the PhD at an appropriate stage of your research. In some circumstances it is possible to enrol directly as a PhD student.

MPhil/PhD opportunities are available in the following research areas:

  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Nursing Practice
  • Midwifery Practice
  • Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection
  • Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Education

Our doctoral students tell us that they value the challenging and supportive academic environment and the networks they have become a part of during their studies

For further information please contact Professor Heather Loveday (