PhD in Nursing

The Queen’s School of Nursing offers a challenging and innovative PhD program to prepare you with the skills required to expand knowledge related to clinical, theoretical and health system issues. Situated in an academic environment that embodies scholarship, you will be well-prepared for a career as a leader in research and scholarship, clinical practice or health care administration.

Our PhD program consists of course work, a comprehensive examination, and a thesis.  The thesis requires independent, original research and makes up at least two-thirds of the time normally required for the program.

You will be taught primarily in small graduate seminars, in which you will engage in a lively, critical examination of philosophy, policy and research, and delve into your own research. Nurtured by close mentoring relationships with faculty supervisors, the Queen’s model is to ensure graduate students present and publish their research, and normally complete their program in 4 years.

The research programs of faculty in the School of Nursing are reflected through 3 clusters of research: 1) populations with complex health conditions, 2) practice environments, and 3) health care quality. Transitions in health and illness is a field of study in our PhD program.

Please visit the PhD Grad Map for more information regarding the program, resources available at Queen’s, and a guide to help you plan your degree.


"I loved the collegial atmosphere provided by the caring and supportive faculty. It was at Queen's that I developed my thirst for knowledge through evidence based research."

Dean of the School of Health and Community Services at Durham College

“My experience as a student in the Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing was so many things. The courses were taught by brilliant professors who are experts in the subject matter. I learned the fundamental skills necessary to be a successful researcher and academic. The program encourages dissemination of student research and provides opportunities for national and international networking. After completing the program, I was recruited for a tenure-track faculty position at my university of choice. I have a career that I love and the knowledge and ability to help make a difference.”
AMANDA VANDYK, RN, MSc (Queen’s 2009), PHD (Queen’s 2013)

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa