Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice conducts research that addresses the health and wellbeing of children, families, older people and the disadvantaged by undertaking impactful, innovative and interdisciplinary research to inform policy and practice.

MRes | MPhil | PhD
Start Date
February and October

Our aim, to engage with key partners and conduct research, is encompassed within three overarching themes:

  • Organisation and delivery of health care
  • Health inequalities
  • Health and wellbeing across the lifespan.  

Our researchers and research students undertake their studies within a wide range of theoretical frameworks and models relating to the development of policy and practice that takes account of: lived experiences of health and social issues, health and social care use, and, service delivery by the nursing, midwifery and paramedic professions, the evaluation of complex interventions and implementation in practice.

Our research aligns with a range of theoretical frameworks and models relating to the development and evaluation of complex interventions and implementation in practice. We have expertise across a range of methodologies including mixed methods, systematic literature reviews, scoping and mapping studies, quantitative and qualitative research.

We have a vibrant community of post graduate research students and we are committed to advancing scholarship through teaching and research. We offer excellent supervision and a comprehensive research training programme alongside access to a range of resources to support research.

There are opportunities to study for Research Master's and PhD in topics related to our three main themes.


We welcome proposal submissions from students to undertake research in the following indicative areas, although other areas will be considered: 

  • Community Health, Long Term Conditions, End of Life Care, Qualitative methods, action research and systematic reviews - Professor Catriona Kennedy
  • Educational Research; Nurse Education; Community Nursing; Advanced Practice; Qualitative Research; Case study approaches - Dr Heather Bain
  • Ethnography, quality and safety improvement, in particular, developing and evaluating complex interventions, prescribing (social, therapeutic and drug), self-care, digital health and delivery of care - Dr Aileen Grant
  • Metastatic spinal cord compression, end of life care, interdisciplinary team working, COPD, long term conditions, eHealth and population health. Dr Siew Lee
  • Quantitative and qualitative; questionnaire design, analysis of quantitative data; systematic review; asthma; allergy; COPD; quality of life & self-care; care homes- Dr Sheelagh Martindale
  • Qualitative; JBI systematic reviews; Bereavement Care; bariatric surgery; multi-disciplinary care; case study analysis of recruitment & selection - Dr Audrey Stephen
  • Qualitative; JBI systematic reviews; death, dying, bereavement; male grief - Dr Fiona Work
  • Qualitative research methods, older people, ageism, frailty, dementia, long term conditions, care homes, nursing
  • Cardiovascular health, primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation, psychological care for people with cardiovascular disease, physical activity and health, mixed methods research - Prof Susan Dawkes
  • Qualitative and mixed research methods, ethnography using participatory community-based approaches, complex health intervention evaluation studies, health inequalities, poverty and food insecurity and its impact on health, wellbeing and health condition management, public health nursing - Professor Flora Douglas
  • Qualitative, Pre-registration Nurse Education - Dr Neil Johnston
  • Occupational Health, Prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases, JBI Systematic reviews, Mixed-Method Research, Theoretical Domain Framework (TDF) -  Dr Zoi Papadatou
  • Quantitative and mixed methods, chronic pain and health related quality of life, epidemiology, community prescribing and data linkage Dr Nicola Torrance
  • Educational research: Nurse education, Simulation and clinical skills, volunteer patients/service users, interprofessional education - Dr Kate Goodhand

Normal entry requirements are a first or upper second class honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom, or from an overseas University, or degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University. Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. 

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Master’s degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise. 

English Language

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


For Academic Year 2022/2023


  • Full time - £4,596 per academic year
  • Part time MPhil/PhD - £2,760 per academic year
  • Part time MRes/MSc by research - £2,298 per academic year


  • Full time - £17,000 per academic year
  • Part time MPhil/PhD - £10,200 per academic year
  • Part time MRes/MSc by research - £8,500 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.


Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.


Scholarships and Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

Student Finance


All applications should be made via the University's online application for research students.

Our Research degrees usually start in February and October each year. There is no official deadline for you to submit your application, though we recommend you submit it as early as possible in order to ensure we can help you join us at your preferred time.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:
  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)

For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English, applications must include:

  • Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking).
  • Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement.


For more information on your proposal and application, or for informal enquiries please contact:

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