The School is committed to advancing scholarship through teaching and research.

Research Brochure (PDF 273KB)

Our Research Aim

To engage with key partners to develop, deliver and disseminate high quality research that is of value to society, those using health and social care services, and the professions of nursing and midwifery.

Our Research Objectives:ENTER Conference

  1. To build on existing research strengths by focusing work programmatically around three key thematic areas.
  2. To build research capability and capacity by proactively nurturing staff and student research development, and by considered appointments of new staff.
  3. To proactively collaborate with external partners and internal partners) to ensure research quality and relevance.
  4. To increase research income year on year in line with the targets in the School plan.
  5. To increase the quality and quantity of published research outputs in line with REF 2020 targets in order to ensure a substantive nursing and midwifery contribution.
  6. Within the context of our overarching scholarship model, to develop mechanisms to ensure our research informs our teaching and practice and, in turn, our learning activities inform our research.

Key Thematic Areas

We have three key thematic areas for research, covering a range of sub-themes.

  1. Community health and wellbeingNetworking

    1. Mental health/psychosocial research
    2. Bereavement care research
    3. Maternal/child/family health research
    4. Community/public health nursing research
    5. Long term conditions research
  2. Policy, education and practice (PEP)

    1. Policy to practice evaluation research
    2. Educational research
    3. Inter-professional education research
    4. Clinical skills research
  3. Patient experience/safety

    1. Healthcare associated infections research
    2. Palliative care research
    3. Older people’s care research
    4. Non-medical prescribing research


All of our academic staff are committed to using best research evidence and many of our staff are involved in carrying out research.

Adult NursingSenior Team

Mental Health Nursing


Children and Young People’s Nursing

Community Nursing & Occupational Health


Senior Management

e-Learning Team

Enquiries about research studies and opportunities should be directed first to Dr Colin Macduff, Head of Research and Scholarly Activity.

Research Degrees

The School has a vibrant community of post graduate research students and there are opportunities to study for Research Masters, PhD and Professional Doctorates in topics related to our main themes.

We welcome enquiries about studying here. Please contact Dr Sundari Joseph, Research Degrees Co-ordinator, for further information.

Applying for a Research DegreeDoctorate of Professional Practice

Recent Doctoral GraduatesFaulty of Health and Social Care

Dr Ziying Shuai: An analysis of policy to practice developments in NMHAPs in Scotland 2005-2010

Dr Elaine Allan: Nursing middle managers’ experiences of role enactment and processes of change across evolving Community Health Partnership organisations

Dr Steve Smith: Becoming: An analysis of narratives describing the experiences of nurses who have undertaken training in solution focused brief therapy


The School has been instrumental in founding the new International Network for Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Nursing (INETDIN) which aims to be the key global site for knowledge about nursing e-theses and dissertations.