Advanced Clinical Practice - Postgraduate Research
Advanced Clinical Practice research is concerned with advancing professional knowledge and practice which is tempered with an understanding of the theoretical and epistemological bases of nursing. The research programme is relevant to enhancing patient experience and service delivery as well as addressing the intellectual and vocational needs of individuals in the health care sector. Students' research projects are supervised by leading nursing academics in the School and where appropriate by other external specialists that have a strong clinical focus in primary and secondary (acute) care in order to enhance the students' understanding of research methodologies that will increase their expertise as future researchers.
There are three routes to Advanced Clinical Practice Doctorates. These are direct entry onto the traditional MPhil/PhD programme, direct entry onto the Doctorate in Professional Practice and finally via the taught Advanced Clinical Practice MSc Programme which introduces the student to theoretical and practice knowledge and skills development at advanced practice level. The Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) MSc facilitates students in exploring research possibilities in the dissertation module.
To enter the MPhil/PhD programme, you will need to have a good first degree in nursing, social science, health science or an applied biological sciences related discipline. Normally in full time programmes, MPhil students should plan for around two years of full-time study and for a PhD, you should expect to spend three years engaged in research. In relation to part-time research, MPhil students should expect to spend three years engaged in part time research and for a PhD, you should expect to spend four to five years engaged in research. There is a new MPhil/PhD entry each autumn (late September) however students are also accepted in the spring (February) as well. The School is happy to consider either full-time or part-time MPhil/PhD applications at any time and will provide you with guidance in preparing and submitting your research proposal for consideration of acceptance by the School's Research Degrees Committee.
Advanced Clinical Practice research topics supervised in the School range widely across advanced practice disciplines. Current projects in advanced practice being supervised include:
- Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Glaucoma Expert Patient Programme
- Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Competency-Based Advanced Practice Programme in Ophthalmic Nursing
- Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a PROM for Assessing Quality of Life Post Cataract Surgery
- Evaluating the Contribution of Nursing in Intensive Care
- Advanced Practice Nursing: Achieving and Maintaining Excellence
The School particularly welcomes applications which explore issues associated with enhancing the patient experience and service delivery.
We are happy to discuss with you ideas for research. You may find it helpful to get a sense of what the School does in relation to advanced clinical practice by looking around this website, for instance at the School's academic staff's publications. Then write or email us with an outline of your idea(s) for research and we will assist you from there.
Professor Carol L. Cox:
Tel: +44-(0)20 7040 5812