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Doctor of Nursing Programme

Doctor of Nursing Programme
Programme Overview
The Doctor of Nursing (DNurs) Programme is designed for nurses who aspire to provide leadership in advancing nursing practice, education and research.

DNurs Programme Leaflet

Study mode and duration
Part-time (4 years) or
Full-time (3 years)*
*Subject to the University's approval

Students begin their studies in September each year. The Programme includes four core courses (26 contact hours per course totalling 104 contact hours), three track courses (26 contact hours per course totalling 78 contact hours), a course on Research Ethics (12 contact hours) and a thesis (104 contact hours).

Core courses:

  • NURS6001 Scientific Progress in Nursing
  • NURS6002 Advanced Quantitative Research Designs and Methods
  • NURS6003 Naturalistic and Interpretive Approaches to Nursing Research
  • NURS6004 Health Policy for Advocacy in Health Care

Research Ethics courses:

  • GRSC6031 Research Ethics for Graduate Students

Track courses:

  • Educational Leadership Track courses:
    • NURS6005 Introduction to Clinical and Classroom Teaching in Nursing
    • NURS6006 Curriculum Planning and Development
    • NURS6007 Assessment and Evaluation
  • Clinical Leadership Track courses:
    • NURS6008 Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) Role Acquisition
    • NURS6009 Health Behavior and Health Promotion Research
    • NURS6010 Concepts and Methods in Health Services Research


Students will complete a thesis of 50,000 to 60,000 words that represents an original scientific study grounded in nursing practice/education and contains material worthy of publication. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed to provide the best learning environment for students. Examples of teaching and learning methods are lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem-based learning (PBL) and clinical work.

To be eligible for admission to the Programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Nursing, applicants must:

  1. comply with the General Regulations;
  2. hold a master’s degree in nursing or equivalent disciplines from this University, or a comparable university accepted for this purpose;
  3. currently hold a Registered Nurse license;
  4. have English proficiency as specified by the University’s admission requirements; and
  5. satisfy the application evaluators with (i) a statement of overall career goals and specific research interests and (ii) an oral justification of their suitability for doctoral education.

Two prizes shall be awarded to newly enrolled candidates who hold a bachelor's degree with 1st class honours or equivalent outstanding academic achievement; and whose research proposal (2-3 pages) has demonstrated scientific rigor. The value of each of the prizes shall be HK$30,000.

To encourage students to have educational exchange in renowned international universities, students admitted in September 2018 or after will be eligible to apply for the International Conference Participation Sponsorship of a maximum amount of HK$4,000 once during their entire study.

1st Session

January 23, 2019 (Wednesday)


6:45 – 7:45 pm


Lecture Hall
4/F, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building
15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

2nd Session

February 20, 2019 (Wednesday)


5:30 – 6:30 pm


Room 406, 4/F, William MW Mong Block,
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam


3rd Session

March 4, 2019 (Monday)


6:45 – 7:45 pm


CPD-2.19, 2/F Run Run Shaw Tower,
Centennial Campus,
The University of Hong Kong
(MTR HKU Station Exit C1)


School of Nursing

4/F, William WM Mong Block
21 Sassoon Road
Hong Kong

Contact Information

Tel:        3917 6966
Fax:       2872 6079


Application can be submitted online via January 2019.

Application deadline: 12:00nn (HKT), April 30, 2019.

*This information has been translated into Chinese. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English version and the Chinese version, the English version shall prevail.