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Research

Research

Welcome from the Chair 

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The mission of our department of Nursing and Midwifery is to "engage in dynamic and transformational teaching and research that make a significant contribution to imporving the health and wellbeing of local, national and global communities".  To achieve this we conduct interdisciplinary research in collaboration with local, national and International partners and research centres, clinical partners, health service professionals and patient and public involvement.  Our research contributes to new knowledge, evidence and innovation that informs health porfessional practice, health policy and planning and is relevant to the health and wellbeing of local, national and international communities.  With our growing network of local, national and international partners, we aim to contuct research that has impact in the real world through translation and implementation of evidence to practice and policy.

Research Clusters

We have three key research clusters that bring together academic staff, researchers from across the University along with research students with shared research interests.  The research clusters have strong alliances and build collaborations with partners locally, nationally and internationally, which enhances the research support structures available to all members.

 

Women, Child &

Family Health

 

Supportive & Palliative

Care

 

Ageing, Mental Health

& Intellectual Disability

 

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Our aim is to strengthen and build research capacity within the area of women’s and children's health and to enhance the health & wellbeing of women, children and their families through the conduct of ethical research.
 

We will undertake research in partnership with key stakeholders which has a positive impact on women and children’s’ health and contribute to the knowledge development which informs practice.

 
Our aim is to participate in interdisciplinary research which addresses the palliative care needs of people with chronic illness and end of life care needs. Our research will impact on policy and practice in order to enhance person centred and quality care.

Participate in interdisciplinary research that addresses the palliative care needs of people with chronic illness and undertake research related to end of life care, develop the capacity and capability in palliative care research and adopt participatory approaches to palliative care research where appropriate.

 
Our aim is to undertake and disseminate high quality national and international, interdisciplinary and collaborative research that is both responsive and influential to contemporary health and social care practice, policy and education.
 

Our research centres on promoting independence, quality of life and active participation in society. We do this through engaging the public in research focused on person centeredness and applied translational research.

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For Further Information

Professor Alice Coffey
Professor in Nursing and Chair of Research
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Health Science Building
University of Limerick
Ireland
V94 X5K6

Room: HS3-038
Tel: +353 61 234279
Email: alice.coffey@ul.ie

Research Degrees

Our Department is committed to excellence in our research training and supervision and we welcome applications to our research programmes:

  • The Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Practice (NVQ level 10 taught programme)
  • Structured PhD and Structured Masters by research
  • PhD by Research and thesis (normal route)
  • Masters by Research MSc (normal route)

Please see details below:

Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Practice Programme

The Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Practice is a NVQ level 10 taught programme equivalent in level to a PhD.  The programme will facilitate students to develop advanced skills in designing and conducting research and practice based inquiry relevant to their own area of practice.  The Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Practice programme will highlight specialist and transferable research skills within a programme consisting of taught modules and research thesis conducted over three years - full-time.  The programme was developed and designed in conjunction with health service partners.

Programme Brochure

How to Apply

Online Application

 

Structured PhD and Structured Masters

The Structured PhD, which will allow the student to complete a PhD within 4 years (full-time).  The research project will be sited within one of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, but the taught elements will be shared across the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, maximising learning opportunities for the students.  It will promote a sharing of expertise and experience, which will lead to high quality translational research in accordance with the faculty mission to advance the wellbeing of people.  Please see details below 

Structured PhD in Nursing & Midwifery

There are two intakes per year to the structured programme in September and February.

Click here for information on how to apply - How to Apply

 

PhD by Research and Thesis

The PhD degree involves in-depth research on a topic and an original contribution to knowledge, leading to a thesis examined by a viva voce examination.  This normally requires a registration period of not less than three years and not more than four years for full-time students.  For part-time students, the period of registration is usually not more than six years.  Each student is assigned an academic supervisor with research interests relevant to the candidate's thesis and a doctoral studies panel oversees his/her research.

Applications are accepted throughout the year

Click here for information on how to apply - How to Apply

 

Master's by Research MSc

A master's by research degree enables students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research.  A master's by research demonstrates a critical application of specialist knowledge and makes a substantial contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research.  A Master's Degree by research normally requires a registration period of not less than one year and is normally completed over a period of two years.  An academic staff member with research interests relevant to the candidates' thesis provides supervision.

Applications are accepted throughout the year

Click here for information on how to apply - How to Apply

 

If you are interested in pursuing a Master's or PhD by research and thesis or via the structured route,

you should first identify a potential research topic.  Then contact Professor Alice Coffey, Chair of Research in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery to discuss your research topic and receive further information on the application process.  Prior to applying, it is also advisable to make informal contact with a potential supervisor with research interests most relevant to your area of interest.  Please visit the Faculty and Staff page of our website and view our academic staff profiles, which include details of research interests. 

Applications are accepted throughout the year

Click here for information on how to apply - How to Apply

 

Full contact details:

Professor Alice Coffey,
Professor in Nursing and Chair of Research
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences Building
University of Limerick
Ireland
V94 X5K6

Email:  alice.coffey@ul.ie
 

 

Professor Alice Coffey
Professor in Nursing and Chair of Research
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Health Science Building
University of Limerick
Ireland
V94 X5K6

Room: HS3-038
Tel: +353 61 234279
Email: alice.coffey@ul.ie