Nursing & Health Sciences is leading healthcare research to promote health, well-being, social participation and caring throughout the lifespan.

The University of Dundee is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching and research and has a core mission to transform lives across society. Dundee has particular strengths in health sciences, life sciences and medical sciences research supported by its strengths in computing, design and informatics.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences leads the Scotland-wide Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) and is taking the lead in the establishment of the Dundee Centre for Health and Related Research (D-CHARR) which is intended to strengthen interdisciplinary health-related research across the university. Research projects within these thematic and expanding areas are welcomed with particular reference to population health, long term conditions, maternal and child health, and mental health.
Methodological expertise includes systematic reviews, evidence synthesis and integrative data analysis as well as a range of health and related research methods for example social and behavioural science, human computer interaction and design.

SNHS has a strong track record in research capacity both nationally and in disciplines including midwifery and allied health professions. Our researchers also have expertise in applied health sciences, and educational research such as the evaluation of the effectiveness of educational approaches such as distance learning in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Please contact us to discuss how your research interests might articulate with research in SNHS.

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 Requirement: Non-Clinical Research - IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

How to Apply

To apply for a research degree, use the online system UCAS Postgraduate. You may wish to visit our PhD application process webpage first for more information on what you should submit as part of your application.

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UCAS Postgraduate before proceeding with your application.


Dr Elaine Lee

Telephone: +44 (0)1382 388668


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