Doctorate in Philosophy Nursing

Program Description

The goal of the doctoral program in nursing is to prepare scientists capable of conducting innovative research that results in new and significant contributions to nursing knowledge. The students engage in creative thinking, critical appraisal and synthesis of scholarly work in their field of interest using a wide range of philosophical, theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Other Graduate Programs Offered Within Nursing

  • Diploma Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners (PHCNP)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science Nursing / Diploma Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners
  • Master of Science in Nursing Specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies
  • Fast-Track from the MScN Program to the PhD program

Program Learning Outcomes

Depth and breadth of Knowledge
  • Integrate and critique a broad range of literature in nursing and other disciplines.
  • Identify and appraise key debates and philosophies relevant to nursing.
  • Comprehensively and critically review the literature associated with their research topic.
  • Articulate the broader implications of their research within and beyond particular contexts of nursing and health
Research and scholarships
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of a range of various quantitative, qualitative, and synthesis research approaches in relation to their research and to the discipline of Nursing.
  • Design and conduct original research according to standards (e.g., ethics, reporting guidelines) and quality required to satisfy the peer review.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior consistent with academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research.
Level of application of knowledge
  • Contribute new ideas, theories, skills, techniques, tools, and/or practices to nursing and relevant disciplines.
  • Synthesize and integrate findings from research into scholarly activities.
  • Demonstrate teaching and learning strategies.
Professional capacity/autonomy
  • Engage and collaborate with academic and professional organizations related to their field of scholarship.
  • Demonstrate leadership within their chosen field of healthcare.
  • Model/facilitate the development of scholarship in novice and developing practitioners (inside and outside of the field).
Level of communications skills
  • Communicate complex ideas, issues, arguments, and research findings clearly and effectively in both oral and written formats in a manner that is accessible and appropriate to a variety of audiences.
  • Debate various types of knowledge and application of methods within nursing and other relevant disciplines.
  • Disseminate findings to advance Nursing scholarship.
Awareness of limits of knowledge
  • Recognize the limitations of one’s own work and discipline, of the complexity of knowledge, and of the potential contributions of other interpretations, methods, and disciplines.
  • Recognize when and how to seek opportunities to collaborate with others to build knowledge.

Fees and Funding

Program fees: The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies. To learn about possibilities for financing your graduate studies, consult the Awards and financial support section.


On-campus or distance* (starting 02/2022)


English and French

Thesis (12 full-time terms; 48 consecutive months)

*distance will be synchronous

Course Sequence

List of courses


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