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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)

The DNurs Programme offers a part-time study mode and a full-time study mode, which extend over four academic years and three academic years respectively.

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).

Year of Study

Full-time Mode

Part-time Mode

1st and 2nd Year

  • Completion of all taught courses and assignments
    • 4 Core courses
    • 3 Track courses
    • Research Ethics course
  • Attendance and presentation at thesis seminars
  • Preparation of an up-to-standard research proposal plus initial work on thesis

3rd Year

  • Attendance and presentation at thesis seminars
  • Completion of a thesis of 50,000 to 60,000 words
  • Attendance and presentation at thesis seminars
  • Completion of a thesis of 50,000 to 60,000 words

4th Year


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

Track Courses

There are two leadership tracks in the DNurs Programme:

The Educational Leadership Track

The Clinical Leadership Track 

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

Research Ethics Course

GRSCf6031 Research Ethics for Graduate Students.


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.


Dr Serena Yang Scholarship for DNurs Programme

Two prizes shall be awarded to newly enrolled candidates who hold a bachelor's degree with 1st class honors 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.

Scholarship for Doctor of Nursing (Full-time)

Two scholarships, each of the value up to 50% of the tuition fee, shall be awarded each year to non-local students admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Programme on the basis of academic merit and financial need.  Students may be invited to a selection interview if necessary.

International Conference Participation Sponsorship

Opportunities are available for students to have educational exchange in renowned international universities, and financial support will be provided to encourage students to present at international conferences.

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.

For non-local candidates who have obtained a nurse license in their country will also be eligible for application of the Programme. Please refer to the “Admission & Enquiries” tab for requested supporting documents.

1st Session

November 18, 2020 (Wednesday)


6:00 – 7:00 pm

Hybrid mode:

Online via Zoom & School of Nursing, 21 Sassoon Road

2nd Session

January 5, 2021 (Tuesday)


6:00 – 7:00 pm


Online via Zoom

3rd Session

February 25, 2021 (Thursday)


6:00 – 7:00 pm


Online via Zoom

4th Session

March 31, 2021 (Wednesday)


6:00 – 7:00 pm


Online via Zoom

School of Nursing

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

Contact Information

Tel:        3917 6604
Fax:       2872 6079


Application can be submitted online via

The following documents should be submitted to the HKU School of Nursing as soon as you completed the online application either by post or in person:

  • Originals or certified true copies of academic transcripts and graduation certificates;
  • Certified true copy of HKID;
  • Certified true copies of Certificate of Registration and valid practising certificate issued by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong or the nursing authority in your own country;
  • Two academic referee’s reports;
  • TOEFL/IELTS official score report (if applicable); and
  • Other documents which you would like to bring the attention of the University.

For admission purpose, transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other relevant documents which are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation in English. Certified translation may be provided by your home institution.

Application deadline:
1st round:  12:00 noon (GMT +8), February 26, 2021
2nd round: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), April 16, 2021

*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.