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Research in our Faculty

Our applied clinical and health research seeks to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients and those important to them, wherever they are cared for.

We pioneer the very best in nursing, midwifery and palliative care by integrating:

  • Cutting edge international research to discover, test and implement new interventions and treatments that build knowledge to lead policy and practice.
  • Skilled multi-professional care across the life span from birth to death through top-quality evidence-based clinical care and support to patients, carers, and family.
  • Innovation in education, training and engagement that advances policy and practice locally, nationally and globally, engaging the patients and the public, whilst inspiring and equipping tomorrow's leaders.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 90% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Faculty is ranked number two in the world and number one in the UK in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 (Nursing). It is also ranked second in the world and first in the UK for nursing in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

The Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, ranks first in Europe and second in the world in terms of research citations in palliative and end of life care.


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PhD projects

PhD projects

PhD projects available in the Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care.

Nursing and midwifery research

We undertake research across three themes:

  • Patient and carer experience focuses on improving clinical care in a range of conditions by developing new interventions that build on the findings of previously completed observational studies, and then testing these in trials or other evaluative research. 
  • Workforce, organisation and service delivery investigates work and care environments and their relationship to professional and patient / client outcomes and cross boundary, interdisciplinary working.
  • Health and wellbeing. We conduct research among specific population groups, such as maternity, older people, children, caregivers, to improve health and wellbeing.


Our impact: nursing and midwifery

Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation 

Research in the Institute is built on four themes:

  • Evaluating and improving care for people with cancer, respiratory disease, heart failure, liver, kidney and neurological disorders.
  • Symptom research. Discovering new ways of controlling common distressing symptoms, including pain, breathlessness, nausea, fatigue and spasticity, and undertaking clinical trials into new treatments.
  • Measuring outcomes. Developing and implementing robust patient-oriented measures of outcomes in palliative care and rehabilitation.
  • Living and dying in society. Investigating care for older people, support for caregivers, cultural issues in palliative care and other issues reflecting how the way we live and die is changing.

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Our impact: palliative care