Since its establishment in 2002 the Department has offered programmes of research training at Masters Degree level. In 2011 the Department was awarded delegated powers by HETAC to offer research doctoral degrees and . was the first  department of nursing in the institutes of technology sector to be awarded this authority.

The Department of Nursing and Health Care provides a full range of post graduate research training through funded and unfunded projects. These focus on service and practice development and delivery, referenced to local and national priorities.

The Department is engaged in a steady expansion of its range of high quality graduate education and training programmes. There are now a significant number of doctoral students enrolled in the Department, contributing to the creation of a supportive research rich culture for students wishing to pursue level 10 study. 

To support our research and teaching, the Department has three adjunct professors, who regularly visit the Department and engage with our post graduate students. They are:

Professor Sara Owen, Pro-vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln, UK
Professor Ian Norman, Deputy Head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, UK
Professor Tony Butterworth, CBE, Emeritus Professor, University of Lincoln and Acting Chair person, The NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation, UK

The research expertise within the Department is organised around the specific research themes and groupings of staff expertise. There is a strong focus on translational practice based research, particularly under the CARE Collaboration. Click on the research groups link on the left for information about these themes.