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Nursing MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Nursing.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in patient experience, nursing ethics, sexual health, children, young people and families, mental health nursing, interprofessional simulation, values based practice, end of life and palliative care, international nursing, and acute and emergency nursing.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcesterís virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Nursing team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project. The Institute of Health and Society has a state of the art clinical skills and simulation centre that is staffed by three dedicated clinical skills technicians. Simulation suites include; hospital, therapy and home environments that are designed to mimic real life settings so that students can practice in realistic healthcare surroundings. The simulation suites are fitted with video recording equipment which is controlled from a central control room.

Some of our current Nursing research students are exploring the nursing student's journey in constructing a professional identity; and perceptions of the development, implementation and impact of new roles in mental health nursing. Recent successful projects have involved exploring stories of emotional growth in the lifeworlds of student nurses.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Paul Snelling ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Jackie Bentley
Expertise: child health; children and families; nursing; pain.

Dr Janice Clarke
Expertise: nursing and spirituality, religion, multicultural issues, sociology and philosophy of nursing; roles and professional issues in nursing.††††††††††††

Dr Tim Kilner
Expertise: emergency & urgent care; major incident triag; medico-legal aspects of healthcare practice; professional regulation; education of prehospital clinicians.

Dr Leo Mayers
Expertise: anatomy and physiology research in nursing; qualitative research; student nursesí perceptions of learning.

Associate Professor Theresa Mitchell
Expertise: qualitative methodologies including interpretive phenomenology, feminist phenomenology, Grounded Theory, ethnography (including organisational ethnography) and action research; service evaluation.†††††††

Dr Sue Neilson
Expertise: palliative and end of life care; bereavement; communication skills.

Dr Brian Nyatanga
Expertise: palliative care research; burnout; death anxiety.†††††††

Dr Jan Quallington
Expertise: values based practice; health and social policy; education.

Dr Paul Snelling
Expertise: healthcare ethics; public health ethics; professional regulation.†††††††

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