School of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2020 Entry

School of Nursing

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy


Sept 2020 Entry


The research mission of the School of Nursing is to advance evidence-based nursing practice to promote the optimal health and well-being of all people in the global community. The School provides a nurturing environment for knowledge inquiry and provides a platform and infrastructure for intellectual exchange and challenges for researchers locally, nationally and internationally.


The research strengths of the School lie in the diversity of our outputs and the innovative talents of our faculty. We conduct high-quality clinical research in nursing and health sciences. Our high-quality clinical research has had positive impacts on nursing and health sciences. The School supports a broad research profile and continues to invest strategically in selected areas to develop a critical mass of research based on its internationally recognised strengths.

Research Areas

Ageing and Health

The ageing and health research theme aims to develop/build knowledge about the care of older adults, transfer research knowledge and advance clinicians’ capacity to utilize scientific evidence, and embrace advanced clinical practice in gerontological care via industry-academic partnerships.

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Frailty
  • Health literacy and gerontechnology
  • Symptom management

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Family and Community Health

The family and community health research theme focuses on populations with health risks and is oriented towards the promotion of health for all in the context of family, school, workplace and community.

  • Child and adolescent health
  • Community health
  • Family health

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Mental Health Care

The mental health care research theme aims to build capacity and develop a strong research profile in the field of mental health care. It is important to promote the mental health and well-being of people in various developmental life stages across different care settings.

  • Challenging relationships, social adversity, and mental health
  • Interventions for people with Severe Mental Illnesses (SMI)

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Transitional, Supportive and Palliative Care

The transitional, supportive and palliative care research theme aims to develop advanced nursing practices for clients with chronic diseases and to evaluate the efficacy and mechanism of complementary and alternative therapies including traditional interventions. This theme also focuses on models of care and their effectiveness.

  • Models of care delivery with a focus on transitional care and community-based chronic disease management
  • Symptom management in cancer, palliative care and life-limiting illnesses
  • Traditional Chinese medicine and complementary therapies

Please click here to find out more about the research interests of our School of Nursing and contact our staff directly to discuss research opportunities.

Research Facilities

Centre for Smart Health

The Centre for Smart Health aims to create healthcare innovations with technology, making positive impacts on practice and the quality of care. We conduct cross-disciplinary applied research that capitalises on our expertise in technology, including virtual reality and artificial intelligence, and translates the results into practice to improve healthcare education, diagnosis and treatment.


Gerontological Nursing Laboratory

The Gerontological Nursing Laboratory (GNL), located in A107, opened in September 2014. It provides a simulated environment in which students can experience age-related changes, assess the physical and psychosocial health of older people and practise skills in gerontological nursing. The GNL allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the care needs of older people and their caregivers, which facilitates better care planning and quality care provision. It is an “experiential area” in which students can learn more about the safe handling of people with mobility needs, such as manoeuvring wheelchairs up and down a ramp or assisting the aged to walk up and down the stairs with a cane. Students wear the aged simulation set to experience the inconveniences felt by the aged due to musculoskeletal changes, such as limited motion of the elbow joints and knees. A model home in the laboratory allows students to practise care in an elderly-friendly home setting. The GNL also serves as a venue for conducting research activities, where assessments and interviews can be conducted and interventions can be demonstrated. By engaging in research activities, we promote the development of gerontological nursing theory and practice.


Mental Health and General Nursing Laboratories

The Mental Health Laboratory is equipped with a one-way mirror, recording system, mini HiFi and a sofa and chair, for use in the provision and evaluation of evidence-based relaxation exercise and psychological intervention training for students. Through the Lab, students can develop essential skills to provide interventions for people with serious mental illness and their families to improve self-management and patient and illness outcomes. Another Mental Health Laboratory with padded furniture and a mat protected floor and a General Nursing Laboratory with stretchers, beds and restraint devices are used to provide and evaluate training on the management of aggressive behaviour, so that students can develop essential skills to minimise the violence or aggressive behaviour of patients.


Squina International Centre for Infection Control

The Squina International Centre for Infection Control (CIC) is a specialist centre hosted by the School of Nursing, tasked to lead by promoting excellence in the practice of infection prevention and control through training, research and community education. Members are actively involved in research areas including hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, antibiotic resistant pathogens, influenza vaccination and the use of ultraviolet-C irradiation for environmental decontamination to inactivate multi-drug resistant organisms. Research collaborations with other disciplines, including engineering, biomedical, optometry, textiles and clothing, are carried out as appropriate. Research findings are frequently published in reputable and high impact academic journals.


WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services

In an effort to strengthen the institutional capacity and enhance the scientific validity of its global health work, the World Health Organisation designated the School of Nursing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Community Health Services in December 2007. The Centre has the responsibility to implement the Organisation’s mandated work and help to achieve its planned strategic objectives in the Western-Pacific region. To establish local and global collaborations, the Centre actively participates in various WHO’s regional and international meetings and conferences, providing professional training and organising health promotion activities for the local and mainland Chinese communities.

Other Information

Applications with insufficient supporting documents will not be processed.

Suitable applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

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Supporting Documents

Academic Referee's Report

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports (applicable to applications for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme)

Optional - For PolyU Research Postgraduate programmes

Curriculum Vitae

Optional (strongly advised to submit)

Research Proposal

Compulsory - A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form.

Transcript / Certificate

Compulsory - If candidates apply for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, certificates for the award of both Bachelor's and Master's degrees should be submitted.