Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

FUNDED: PhD Scholarship in Nursing Education

Medical Education, Nursing

This funded project will focus on the development of validated competency assessment methodologies for postgraduate nursing practice.  Project description  This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate to further their research career and work with leading researchers in nursing education in RCSI. Competence is a central tenet of nursing and midwifery practice, the underlying premise being that “patients have a right to receive quality care by competent nurses and midwives who practice in a safe environment” (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2014: 20). The development of competence frameworks and valid and reliable assessment methods are however fraught with difficulty. This is a particular concern for postgraduate programmes concentrating on clinical specialisation. This research aims to address this area and bring forward a tested framework and assessment methodology for postgraduate nursing competence.  The research will be carried out in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in RCSI St Stephen’s Green. This scholarship will consist of a €19,000 annual stipend and PhD student fees. Start date is January 2020. 



  • An Honours Bachelor degree (grade 2.1 or above) in a health or education related discipline 
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills  
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as in a multidisciplinary, team environment  
  • Willingness to undertake training and career development  
  • English language requirements for candidates who do not speak English as their first language: an IELTS score of 6.5 or above 


Application process and scholarship details:


  • Job Title: School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Scholarship
  • Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery  
  • Location: RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin  
  • Tenure: Four years  
  • Applications should include a covering letter (a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position), CV, and the contact details of two referees.  
  • The closing date for applications is 30th November 2019.


Queries and applications related to the scholarships should be directed to Professor Tom O’Connor via email to