Nursing and health sciences PhD and research degrees

Find a PhD in nursing and health sciences. Learn about about our research and entry requirements for research degrees.

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The School of Health Sciences strives to transform lives through applied health research, taking place in a vibrant research community within our School and the wider University. We provide a supportive environment, creating safe spaces for discussion of research and personal development. We are committed to working with our students and applicants to ensure their experience is positive, enjoyable, and productive. We have had consistently excellent student feedback, via the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), and we will continue to provide a first-class student experience within the School.

Our primary research themes align with the University themes of Population Health and Wealth and Equity and Inclusion and primarily the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 Good Health and Well-being. They are:

  • Understanding health: exploring people’s experience of health and the challenges of providing equitable healthcare
  • Innovation in health: developing and testing interventions that contribute to positive health outcomes for .
  • Improving health service delivery: design for practice change, quality and safety, equity, service improvement and evidence implementation.

Our research groupings build on our existing strengths and reflect the interests and experience of our staff, they are:

Methodological expertise includes:

  • Evidence synthesis
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Health and Social Care Delivery
  • Global Health
  • Public Health
  • Place based initiatives
  • Patient Reported Outcome and Experience Measures (PROMS and PREMS)
  • Behavioural Science
  • Intervention development and testing
  • Implementation studies

We look forward to receiving applications to study with us in areas aligned to our research groups.

Learn more about research in the School of Health Sciences

Latest PhD opportunities in nursing and health sciences

We have a range of nursing and health sciences PhD projects currently seeking doctoral candidates.

View all PhD opportunities in nursing and health sciences

Propose your own PhD topic

If you want to propose your PhD topic, you can use the contact details below to contact a staff member to discuss your proposal.

How to write your best postgraduate research proposal

Entry requirements

Candidates for MPhil or PhD must hold a good honours degree (First class or 2.1) and/or a Master's Degree. Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APEL) may apply.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0

We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

Nursing and health sciences PhD tuition fees

Academic year of entry Scottish/Rest of UK fee status International fee status
2024/25 £4,786
per year of study
per year of study

Tuition fee per year of study (subject to a 3% annual increase for Scottish/Rest of UK students and a 5% annual increase for International students).

Part time study, where available, is charged on a pro-rata basis.

Scottish/Rest of UK fee status annual increase

Each year, UKRI sets a recommended fee and stipend level for Scottish/Rest of UK students, which we use as the basis for fees charged to this group.

UKRI usually increases its fee and stipend levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. 

Therefore, the Scottish/Rest of UK fees detailed in this table for 2025/26 (and beyond) can only be estimated according to the typical increase. 

The fee charged to you may differ, though only slightly, from the figure given.

Apply for a research degree

You can apply for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree using our Direct Application System.

We have three start dates per academic year.

PhD Nursing & Health Sciences (3 years)

PhD Nursing & Health Sciences (part time)

PhD Nursing & Health Sciences (4 years)

MPhil by Research Nursing & Health Sciences

Nursing & Health Sciences (non-graduating) (research)

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students.