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Research

Research

Welcome from the Chair 

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery conducts and supervises research within a wide range of areas and welcomes applications from researchers who wish to undertake a research degree leading to a Master's by research or PhD award. Our research activity aims to develop practice focused research that enhances the health and social care of service users and the educational preparation of health care professionals.

Three Research Clusters

Four Research Clusters

Our work focuses around three main clusters and research interest groups.

These key areas are supported by a group of academic staff and research students with a shared research interest around each of the key themes. The research clusters have strong alliances, both within the University of Limerick and with external health care and academic agencies, which enhances the research support structures available to all members of the clusters. The purpose of the themes is to develop expertise in specific areas of nursing, midwifery education and research.

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
Chair of Research
Professor of Nursing & Midwifery
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

Structured PhD

Structured Phd in Education and Health Sciences 

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) offers students an opportunity to undertake a focused and critical examination of a particular topic with the aim of contributing to the development of knowledge in that field. The PhD degree 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 to an academic supervisor and his/her research is overseen by a doctoral studies panel. Applications for entry to the programme are welcome from those in nursing or midwifery. If you are interested in pursuing a Master's by research or PhD in nursing/midwifery at the University of Limerick, you should first identify a potential topic that you are interested in. You should then contact Professor Alice Coffey 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 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.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Forms may be downloaded from: University of Limerick Graduate School
Completed Application Forms should be submitted online

Master's by Research MSc (Nursing)

Master's by Research MSc (Nursing)

The 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. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Candidates undertaking a master's by research degree are required to complete a thesis in a relevant research area. Master's by research degrees are normally completed over a period of two years. Supervision is provided by an academic staff member with research interests relevant to the candidate's thesis. More information here.

Structured PhD which will allow the student to complete a PhD within 4 years (full-time) EHS Structured PhD

MSc Nursing – please contact Professor Alice Coffey.

Full contact details:

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

Email:  alice.coffey@ul.ie
 

 

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Professor Alice Coffey
Chair of Research
Professor of Nursing & Midwifery
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