Welcome to Find A Professional Doctorate

    A Database of Professional Doctorate Programmes Worldwide

    This site lists doctoral qualifications aimed at those working in nursing, engineering, psychology, law, social work, education and a growing number of other professions.


    Latest Professional Doctorates

    70097| Aston University| Professional Doctorate - Doctor of Hearing Therapy|

    Gain a Professional Doctorate in Hearing Therapy by studying rehabilitative practices and developing communication and counselling skills at Aston University. Through critical and original reading of audiological practices, you will be equipped to enable problem solving and application of audiology to marginalised and complex patient groups.

    The programme is based on blended-learning to enable it to be conducted while you remain in practice and applying the knowledge you gain from lectures to complete you assignments and case records based on theory and evidence-based practice.

    The number of taught elements taken at any time is flexible:

    • MSc programme requires six taught modules (120 credits) to be undertaken along with a research methods tuition and written research dissertation (60 credits total) (all within 5-6 years)
    • DHearing Therapy requires nine taught modules (180 credits) plus a full practice-based research project (all within 6-7 years)
    • Research Methods is a core module for MSc and doctorate students.

    Taught modules are available once per year, with start dates 1 October, and are 20 credits each (nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning). All modules (excluding Hearing Therapy Counselling and Communication Skills) consist of remote access lectures with online tests for feedback and a module coursework assignment, such as an essay related to the module.  

    Modules:

    • Hearing Therapy 
    • Tinnitus Management
    • Adult Rehabilitation
    • Health Behaviours
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • Vestibular Rehabilitation
    • Research Methods
    • Research Project

    Doctor of Hearing Therapy modules (choose from):

    • Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics
    • Qualitative Research Methodology

    The research review dissertation (MSc) or full project (DHearingTherapy) is the major component of the programme, supervised by members of the Aston Audiology department. You will develop your ideas and proposals guided by staff members with appropriate research interests. Because this is a distance-learning programme, research projects are not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the student has access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out the research, usually in the student's place of work.

    70093| Aston University| Doctor of Optometry / Doctor of Ophthalmic Science DOptom/DOphSc|

    Undertake the part-time Doctor of Optometry/Doctor of Ophthalmic Sciences course with Aston University, Birmingham, to enhance your knowledge and critical awareness of the current issues in your specialist discipline.

    Course outline

    The Aston Doctor of Optometry/Doctor of Ophthalmic Science is a unique professional doctorate programme that will enable you to enhance your knowledge, and critical awareness of current issues to be at the forefront of the academic and clinical practice through evidence based research.

    The qualification you will be awarded with depends on your profession and if you are a practising optometrist or not:

    The Doctor of Optometry programme is aimed at practising optometrists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework and will undertake a practice-based research project.

    The Doctor of Ophthalmic Science programme is for eye care professionals who may not be practising optometrists, e.g. medics/orthoptists; these students may complete scientific essays to fulfil the coursework requirements and undertake a non-clinical research project.

    Both qualifications are broken down into two elements; taught and research.

    Taught

    Worth 20 credits each, which is nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning, our modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module.

    There are two study periods per year to complete taught modules; 1st October-31st January and 1st March-30th June, please note dates are given as an approximate and are subject to change. Module results are ratified at Examination Boards held shortly after the end of each study period.

    Taught modules include:

    As part of the flexible programme as a UK optometrist, you may complete the theoretical element of the General Optical Council approved Independent Prescribing for Optometrists module. Optometrists may also choose to complete College of Optometrists accredited modules in Medical Retina, Glaucoma and Paediatric Eye Care. Equivalent modules are available for non-optometrists also.

    Module list provides an overview of what is currently available, this list is subject to change.

    Research

    Your thesis will form the major component of your doctorate.

    Supervised by members of the Aston Optometry School, you will develop your research proposal based on your own clinical interests, or, you may opt to select a project nominated by an Aston academic. As this is a distance-learning programme, the research is not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the you have access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out your research, usually in your place of work.

    This stage requires a significant long-term commitment, as it is equivalent to around 2 years of full-time work (i.e. 4 years part-time). Candidates ultimately submit a thesis which is examined in a viva voce examination.

    Flexible credit accumulation

    As a new student, you will initially register as postgraduate student within our framework of flexible credit accumulation (FCA). Within this framework it is possible to graduate with a:

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Optometry (60 taught credits)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Optometry (120 taught credits)
    • MSc Optometry/ Ophthalmic Science (180 credits: 120 taught, 60 dissertation)
    • or the Doctor of Optometry (DOptom)/ Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (DOphSc).

    Up to 40 credits may be awarded in respect of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), whether experiential or certificated (e.g. previous completion of the Aston MOptom).

    To progress to full doctoral registration requires a minimum of 120 taught module credits including the compulsory 20-credit Research Methods module, an approved project proposal, and successful completion of the qualifying report stage, assessed by viva voce examination with an internal examiner. The report and the viva voce examination will be used to assess suitability for progression to the full doctoral project. Candidates may only progress to the ophthalmic doctorate if they achieve 60% in the taught element of the programme and at least 60% in their dissertation that is submitted following completion of the taught element.

    Timescales for study

    Taught credits are valid for 5 years, so those studying for an MSc/PgDip/PgCert must complete their studies within 5 years of enrolment on the programme.

    Those undertaking the DOptom/DOphSc programme must complete their taught module requirement and complete the research stage within 6 years of registration. Note that in accordance with University Regulations for part-time research students, the earliest date for completion of the doctoral programme (i.e. submission of thesis/ portfolio) is 4 years following registration.

     

    69759| University of Dundee| 11 Professional Doctorates available at the University of Dundee|

    The Professional Doctorate is a four-year, part-time programme, delivered online, with hybrid (on-campus and online) intensive blocks of teaching. A single annual start date in September places students into a defined year group and establishes a framework for a collaborative and supportive doctoral journey. In Years 1 and 2, three modules are studied per year, these modules build the foundation for Years 3 and 4 that are research focused, culminating in a 40-60,000 word thesis.

    Interdisciplinarity is core to the learning experience on the Professional Doctorate. Our students value the opportunities and benefits accrued by studying with peers from a range of professions and being taught by interdisciplinary teaching/supervisory teams. An annual programme conference creates space and time to bring all cohorts together, along with staff and external stakeholders, to celebrate, share new knowledge emerging from students’ research, and learn from each other.

    Eleven Professional Doctorates, across six Schools, are offered by the University of Dundee:

    School of Art and Design:

    • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf

    School of Dentistry:

    • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf

    School of Health Science:

    • Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences DHSci

    School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law:

    • Professional Doctorate in Community Learning and Development DCLD
    • Professional Doctorate in Education DEd
    • Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology DEdPsych
    • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf
    • Professional Doctorate in Social Sciences DSSci
    • Professional Doctorate in Social Work DSW

    School of Medicine:

    • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf

    School of Science and Engineering:

    • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf

    How to Apply

    Please contact Edgar Huitema ([email protected]) for more information.

    69620| University of Edinburgh| Doctor of Medicine MD|

    Research profile

    The MD is a higher degree undertaken by clinically qualified staff normally during their postgraduate medical training. Applicants must be working in the South East of Scotland, either employed as a member of staff of the University of Edinburgh, or as an NHS employee, or as a research worker employed or self-financed or grant-funded, in the University of Edinburgh or an associated institution or an NHS establishment.

    A thesis for the degree of MD must deal with one or more of the subjects of study in the curriculum for the degrees of MBChB or with subjects arising directly from contemporary medical practice.

    We have interests in:

    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular
    • Clinical Brain Sciences
    • Cognitive and Neural systems
    • Genetics
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Inflammation
    • Medical Education
    • Molecular Medicine
    • Neuroscience
    • Population Health Sciences
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Reproductive Health

    Training and support

    Generic training in presentation skills, project management and writing skills is delivered through the University's transferable skills programme.

    Facilities

    We have excellent facilities on our campuses at the Western General Hospital, Little France and in the Central Area.

    69555| University of Portsmouth| Global Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Distance Learning)|

    This course is in the process of being finalised. For more information please contact +44 (0)2394 003692.

    69487| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Psychodynamic Counselling|

    Would you like to build on your clinical training by learning about research methods and then applying this to a topic of your choice? If so, you can study at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex, where we have an established tradition of combining clinical thinking with research expertise.

    This allows you to further your own professional development, explore the area of greatest interest to you and make an original contribution to the development of your profession. Our professional doctorates constitute the academic and research component, building on what you have already studied and achieved in your professional training.

    The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is uniquely positioned to offer a professional doctorate of this kind. The department has a long and rich history of bringing clinicians and researchers from a wide range of orientations into fruitful collaboration and has a thriving research community. On this programme you will have access, alongside the specific course content, to all elements of the department’s provision, bringing you into contact with leading practitioners and researchers in your field as well as an exciting group of both staff and student researchers in related areas.

    This degree constitutes the academic and research top-up for graduates with at least masters-level training in psychodynamic counselling of at least 3 years’ duration. It will also support students towards personal BACP accreditation.

    There are few comparable doctorates available. This course enables those who have already completed a full relevant training to add the academic and research component to gain a doctorate and to contribute to the field.

    The course aims to provide you with relevant knowledge and skills so that you can conduct a rigorous piece of original research in the field of psychodynamic counselling. This could be theoretical/literature-based or empirical, employing qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

    The aim of the taught first year is to enable you, a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor, graduate of an MA/MSc Psychodynamic training, to make the transition from practitioner to researcher, to decide on your research question, design and methodology and to prepare for your empirical project. Assignments in the first year are all directly connected to and will provide elements of the final thesis.

    In years 2 and 3 you will be supported in supervision and workshops in conducting your individual doctoral research project.

    To arrange an informal conversation, please email Professor Sue Kegerreis or Dr Deborah Wright

    Why we're great.

    • Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
    • Access to many of Freud’s letters and works in the ‘Special Collections’ housed in the University of Essex Library as well as use of the library services including PEBWEB access.
    • Be part of a strong department and international Research Community and benefit from many events throughout the year.

    Our expert staff

    Within our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff (which may include co-supervision from colleagues located in another department).

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Once a year you you will have a supervisory panel meeting involving one or two additional staff, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next phase of your work.

    Specialist facilities

    If you are studying within our Department, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

    69486| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Analytical Psychology|

    Would you like to build on your clinical training by learning about research methods and then applying this to a topic of your choice? If so, you can study at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex, where we have an established tradition of combining clinical thinking with research expertise.

    This allows you to further your own professional development, explore the area of greatest interest to you and make an original contribution to the development of your profession. Our professional doctorates constitute the academic and research component, building on what you have already studied and achieved in your professional training.

    The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is uniquely positioned to offer a professional doctorate of this kind. The department has a long and rich history of bringing clinicians and researchers from a wide range of orientations into fruitful collaboration and has a thriving research community. On this programme you will have access, alongside the specific course content, to all elements of the department’s provision, bringing you into contact with leading practitioners and researchers in your field as well as an exciting group of both staff and student researchers in related areas.

    This degree constitutes the academic and research top-up for graduates with a full training in Analytical Psychology.

    There are few comparable doctorates available. A few trainings are now doctoral programmes, or have doctorates available to trainees, but there are few routes available for those who trained in the past, and in many current trainings the doctoral top-up does not exist. This course enables those who have already completed a full relevant training to add the academic and research component to gain a doctorate and to contribute to the field.

    The course aims to provide you with relevant knowledge and skills so that you can conduct a rigorous piece of original research in your field. This could be theoretical/literature-based or empirical, employing qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

    The aim of the taught first year is to enable you, a qualified psychotherapist, to make the transition from practitioner to researcher, to decide on your research question, design and methodology and to prepare for your empirical projects. Assignments in the first year are all directly connected to and will provide elements of the final thesis.

    In years 2 and 3 you will be supported in supervision and workshops in conducting your individual doctoral research project.

    To arrange an informal conversation, please email Professor Sue Kegerreis or Dr Deborah Wright

    Why we're great.

    • Be a part of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, an international Research Community that has many events throughout the year.
    • Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
    • Access to some of Jung’s letters in the ‘Special Collections’ housed in the University of Essex Library as well many of his works and use of the library services including PEBWEB access.

    Our expert staff

    Within our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff (which may include co-supervision from colleagues located in another department).

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Once a year you will have a supervisory panel meeting involving one or two additional staff, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next phase of your work.

    Specialist facilities

    If you are studying within our Department, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

    69485| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Psychodynamic Psychotherapy|

    Would you like to build on your clinical training by learning about research methods and then applying this to a topic of your choice? If so, you can study at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex, where we have an established tradition of combining clinical thinking with research expertise.

    This allows you to further your own professional development, explore the area of greatest interest to you and make an original contribution to the development of your profession. Our professional doctorates constitute the academic and research component, building on what you have already studied and achieved in your professional training.

    The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is uniquely positioned to offer a professional doctorate of this kind. The department has a long and rich history of bringing clinicians and researchers from a wide range of orientations into fruitful collaboration and has a thriving research community. On this programme you will have access, alongside the specific course content, to all elements of the department’s provision, bringing you into contact with leading practitioners and researchers in your field as well as an exciting group of both staff and student researchers in related areas.

    This degree constitutes the academic and research top-up for graduates with a full training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy .

    There are few comparable doctorates available. Some trainings are now doctoral programmes, or have doctorates available to trainees, but there are few routes available for those who trained in the past, and in many current trainings the doctoral top-up does not exist. This course enables those who have already completed a full relevant training to add the academic and research component to gain a doctorate and to contribute to the field.

    The course aims to provide you with relevant knowledge and skills so that you can conduct a rigorous piece of original research in your field. This could be theoretical/literature-based or empirical, employing qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

    The aim of the taught first year is to enable you, a qualified psychotherapist, to make the transition from practitioner to researcher, to decide on your research question, design and methodology and to prepare for your empirical project. Assignments in the first year are all directly connected to and will provide elements of the final thesis.

    In years 2 and 3 you will be supported in supervision and workshops in conducting your individual doctoral research project.

    To arrange an informal conversation, please email Professor Sue Kegerreis ([email protected]) or Dr Deborah Wright ( [email protected])

    Why we're great.

    • Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
    • You’ll have access to many of Freud’s letters and works in the ‘Special Collections’ housed in the University of Essex Library as well as use of the library services including PEBWEB access.
    • You will be a part of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, an international Research Community that has many events throughout the year, open seminars, workshops, the Freud and Jung memorial lectures and culminating annually with Research week where students and professional from all-over the world come together

    Our expert staff

    Within our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff (which may include co-supervision from colleagues located in another department).

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Once each year you will have a supervisory panel meeting involving one or two other staff, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next phase of your work.

    Specialist facilities

    If you are studying within our Department, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

    69484| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy|

    Would you like to build on your clinical training by learning about research methods and then applying this to a topic of your choice? If so, you can study at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic studies at the University of Essex, where we have an established tradition of combining clinical thinking with research expertise.

    This allows you to further your own professional development, explore the area of greatest interest to you and make an original contribution to the development of your profession Our professional doctorates constitute the academic and research component, building on what you have already studied and achieved in your professional Psychotherapy training.

    The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is uniquely positioned to offer a professional doctorate of this kind. The department has a long and rich history of bringing clinicians and researchers from a wide range of orientations into fruitful collaboration and has a thriving research community. On this programme you will have access, alongside the specific course content, to all elements of the department’s provision, bringing you into contact with leading practitioners and researchers in your field as well as an exciting group of both staff and student researchers in related areas.

    This degree constitutes the academic and research top-up for graduates with a full training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

    There are few comparable doctorates available. A few trainings are now doctoral programmes, or have doctorates available to trainees, but there are few routes available for those who trained in the past, and in many current trainings the doctoral top-up does not exist. This course enables those who have already completed a full relevant training to add the academic and research component to gain a doctorate and to contribute to the field.

    The course aims to provide you with relevant knowledge and skills so that you can conduct a rigorous piece of original research in your field. This could be theoretical/literature-based or empirical, employing qualitative or quantitative methodologies.

    The aim of the taught first year is to enable you, a qualified psychotherapist, to make the transition from practitioner to researcher, to decide on your research question, design and methodology and to prepare for your empirical project. Assignments in the first year are all directly connected to and will provide elements of the final thesis.

    In years 2 and 3 you will be supported in supervision and workshops in conducting your individual doctoral research project.

    To arrange an informal conversation, please email Professor Sue Kegerreis ([email protected]) or Dr Deborah Wright ([email protected])

    Why we're great.

    • Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
    • Access to many of Freud’s letters and works in the ‘Special Collections’ housed in the University of Essex Library as well as use of the library services including PEBWEB access.
    • You will be a part of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, an international Research Community that has many events throughout the year, open seminars, workshops, the Freud and Jung memorial lectures and culminating annually with Research week where students and professional from all-over the world come together.

    Our expert staff

    Within our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff (which may include co-supervision from colleagues located in another department).

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Once each year you will have a supervisory panel meeting involving one or two other staff, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next phase of your work.

    Specialist facilities

    If you are studying within our Department, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

    69467| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Speech and Language Therapy|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to undertake significant personal development and research within your specialist area of practice.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the academic environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year if required). During this time, you will prepare two extended essays which chronical your personal development over the programme of study. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    At the end of the programme you will have prepared a 40,000 word research study, this research will make an original contribution to own area of practice.

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    Within our School of Health and Social Care, our clinical laboratories use the latest equipment and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills.

    See more of our facilities on our department pages.

    Your future

    We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.

    69466| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Social Services Management|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

    • Analysis of large scale surveys
    • Child and adolescent mental health
    • Children with special educational needs
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Consumerism and consumption in health care
    • Health-related social movements
    • Health-related stigma
    • Health services research
    • Housing and health
    • How life events and conditions influence health
    • Mental health services
    • The third sector and health care provision
    • Political economy of health care
    • Public health management
    • Public health practice and policy
    • Qualitative methods
    • Quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
    • Service evaluation and development
    • Social epidemiology and health inequalities
    • Social inequality and health
    • Social organisation of health care
    • Understanding and application of research in health settings

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69465| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Social Care Education|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

    • Analysis of large scale surveys
    • Children with special educational needs
    • Consumerism and consumption in health care
    • Cross-cultural mental health
    • Educational psychology
    • Health-related social movements
    • Health-related stigma
    • Health services research
    • Housing and health
    • How life events and conditions influence health
    • Interpretative policy analysis of health care
    • The third sector and health care provision
    • Political economy of health care
    • Professional/clinical education and practice
    • Qualitative methods
    • Social epidemiology and health inequalities
    • Social inequality and health
    • Social issues around health and the intersection of theories of delinquency and health
    • Social organisation of health care
    • Sociology of happiness and wellbeing
    • Sociology of health and illness
    • Understanding and application of research in health settings

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69464| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Public Health|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to undertake significant personal development and research within your specialist area of practice.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the academic environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). During this time, you will prepare two extended essays which chronical your personal development over the programme of study. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    At the end of the programme you will have prepared a 40,000 word research study, this research will make an original contribution to own area of practice.

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigour. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69463| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Occupational Therapy|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to undertake significant personal development and research within your specialist area of practice.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the academic environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). During this time, you will prepare two extended essays which chronical your personal development over the programme of study. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    At the end of the programme you will have prepared a 40,000 word research study, this research will make an original contribution to own area of practice.

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69462| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Nursing|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to undertake significant personal development and research within your specialist area of practice.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the academic environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). During this time, you will prepare two extended essays which chronical your personal development over the programme of study. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    At the end of the programme you will have prepared a 40,000 word research study, this research will make an original contribution to own area of practice.

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigour. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69461| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Health Service Management|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

    • Analysis of large scale surveys
    • Consumerism and consumption in health care
    • Health-related social movements
    • Health-related stigma
    • Health services research
    • Housing and health
    • Interpretative policy analysis of health care
    • Mental health services
    • The third sector and health care provision
    • Political economy of health care
    • Public health management
    • Qualitative methods
    • Quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
    • Service evaluation and development
    • Social epidemiology and health inequalities
    • Social inequality and health
    • Social issues around health and the intersection of theories of delinquency and health
    • Social organisation of health care
    • Understanding and application of research in health settings

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69460| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Health Care Education|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

    • Analysis of large scale surveys
    • Clinical decision making
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Consumerism and consumption in health care
    • Educational psychology
    • Health-related social movements
    • Health services research
    • Interpretative policy analysis of health care
    • The third sector and health care provision
    • Political economy of health care
    • Professional/clinical education and practice
    • Qualitative methods
    • Quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
    • Service evaluation and development
    • Social inequality and health
    • Social organisation of health care
    • Understanding and application of research in health settings

    You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

    At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.

    Our expert staff

    Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

    Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

    A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

    We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

    Specialist facilities

    You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

    Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    69459| University of Essex| Professional Doctorate Clinical Psychology|

    The University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has been training people to become reflective and highly competent clinical psychologists since October 2005. The programme was developed in partnership with commissioners from the Health Education East of England, the University of Essex, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS Trusts based in Essex.

    You can apply for this course as an NHS-funded trainee (Home/EU fee status applicants only). To find out more about this, take a look at our 'Information for applicants' page.

    Course Features

    The programme benefits from the input and support of clinicians based in South and North East Essex, particularly Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Some input into psychodynamic teaching is also provided by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The programme is housed in the vibrant academic and research community of the School of Health and Social Care, which has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in health and social care, and it is committed to inter-professional learning.

    Some of the benefits of studying on our programme include:

    • Our relatively small trainee cohorts offer trainees the opportunity to work closely with the programme team and with one another. Such close working relationships, combined with robust and holistic support systems for trainees' personal and professional development, provide an optimal training experience and foundation for trainees' career-long personal and professional development.
    • The programme is particularly well integrated with local research and clinical networks. Clinicians working in the region contribute directly to the course through teaching, supervision (on placements and as field research supervisors) and other aspects of the programme. This close collaboration provides many opportunities for ensuring strong theory-practice integration.
    • Trainees on this programme benefit from teaching input from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the possibility for some trainees to have a 3rd year placement there.
    • The programme aims to develop the critical and reflective competencies of trainees. We provide learning opportunities for developing flexibility, leadership skills and reflective practice that are essential to meet the challenges faced by the profession of clinical psychology and by health services.

    We place a priority on responding to trainees' feedback and on reviewing and updating the way in which training is delivered in order to remain responsive to current needs and developments at the forefront of clinical psychology.

    Key values and principles that underpin our course include:

    • We view training as a collaborative enterprise between stakeholders including trainees, clients, carers, NHS services and Trusts, local clinicians, and professional/regulatory bodies. The programme engages these stakeholders to remain responsive to local mental health needs.
    • Trainees are adult learners and junior colleagues who contribute to the overall training programme and one another's training experience. The programme team places a premium on clear communication and consultation in decision-making, incorporating the views of trainees, service users and other stakeholders in the effective delivery of the training programme.
    • The programme equips trainees to apply psychological knowledge and theory to research and practice in the service of reducing psychological distress and promoting and enhancing psychological wellbeing.
    • Trainee clinical psychologists on our programme develop all competencies required of clinical psychologists by the HCPC and the BPS. We consider a competent clinical psychologist to be more than the sum of a number of competencies. Our reflective and integrative focus enables trainees to develop meta-competencies required for reflective, integrative, ethical, autonomous research and evidence-based practice.
    • The programme does not focus on one model or approach, but instead draws on a number of different models and approaches including behavioural, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, systemic and integrative approaches alongside developmental, socio-political, critical and other perspectives. The main therapeutic modalities are CBT, systemic and short term psychodynamic models.
    • The programme is committed to recognising, accommodating and embracing diversity. This is reflected in the recruitment and selection of trainees and throughout the training, which emphasises the importance of developing cultural and diversity-related competence in research and clinical practice.

    The School of Health and Social Care is proud to work closely with our Service User Reference Group (SURG). SURG is made up of service users, carers, and volunteers who generously share their first-hand experiences of health and social care. We work collaboratively with SURG to design our courses to ensure that we truly are putting the needs of patients and clients at the heart of what we do. SURG are involved as part of our course application processes and often form part of our interview panels. This helps us to be confident that we are selecting the right applicants for the course and their future careers. SURG members also support the delivery of our teaching sessions and research activity, which means you’ll benefit from an insight into their lived experiences of living with a diagnosis, health condition, or circumstance. You’ll find that not only does your clinical knowledge expand, but your empathy, compassion and ability to advocate develops also.

    Mandatory Vaccinations

    As you may be aware, the UK government has now revoked legislation that requires all health and social care staff working in sites regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Whilst vaccination is not essential, we encourage our applicants and students to be fully vaccinated. Find out more about what this means for applicants to this course.

    Professional accreditation

    Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

    Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.

    Why we're great.

    • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
    • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
    • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    69385| University of Reading| Doctorate in Education (EdD)|

    The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a part-time professional doctorate which offers research training and career development to a broad range of employed professionals in areas relating to education. 

    The programme has been running successfully for many years at the University of Reading and we welcome students from a range of backgrounds including early years; schools; further and higher education; the NHS; the armed forces; and social work, and industry educators/trainers.

    The programme is structured is in two parts:

    Part A: involves five compulsory modules. These modules are delivered face-to-face at the London Road campus over three weekends per year in the first two years

    • Research Methods Part I and Part II (double module taken over two years)
    • Professionalism in the 21st Century
    • Educational Leadership and Management
    • Theory in Education.

    Campus based learning is combined with flexible blended learning, such as having structured guided learning and pre-recorded material between the on-campus sessions. 

    Part B: is an independent, supervised research thesis on an approved topic of approximately 50,000 words which will be examined by viva voce. The thesis is required to make a distinct contribution to professional knowledge, be original, and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research within the field.

    Each module in Part A is assessed via means of assignments totalling 6,000 words. Students must successfully complete Part A of the programme with an average of 60% before progressing to Part B. Students who successfully pass Part A and do not wish to move on to Part B may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

    When you undertake a EdD with us, you'll be assigned a supervisor with expertise that aligns with your research topic. Our expert academics are leaders in their areas of research, and will work closely with you to ensure your time with us as a EdD student is as rewarding as possible.

    69333| University of Portsmouth| Doctorate in Business Administration|
    • Part-time
    • January, May, September
    • DBA
    •  Four years and four months (part-time) – with the option to extend
    • January 2023
    • All fees are subject to annual increase

    Discover how to confidently and expertly lead organisations to success.

    There’s never been a more crucial time to develop your management and leadership skillset.

    Technological advancements and globalisation have forced organisations, regardless of size, to become internationally minded. This, in turn, has caused the roles of those in business administration to evolve.

    Organisations need professionals with sophisticated research skills, who understand the needs of the industry and are able to both transfer and employ academic knowledge.

    Why this Doctorate in Business Administration?

    Our Global Doctorate in Business Administration* (DBA) is a high-level, professional business and management programme with international focus.

    Fully online and part-time, this course is designed for private and public sector management professionals, keen to take their careers to new heights whilst continuing with their current work.

    In your first year, you’ll experience rigorous taught modules, progressing onto the research phase of the programme. Your supervisory team will support though throughout, as you conduct applied, work-based research on topics of your choosing.

    This is your opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skillset, whilst helping to solve business challenges in your workplace, immediately and well into the future.

    Find out more about what makes this DBA the best choice for you.

    *Subject to final validation

    What you’ll study

    Combining theory and application, the Global DBA will help improve your practice as a more efficient, agile leader.

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Perform ethical research of real-life business and managerial issues in a multidisciplinary, complex environment
    • Effectively manage and implement financial, physical, and human resources in your organisation
    • Gain the most up-to-date knowledge of your specialist area
    • Think in new ways, question convention, and provide authoritative answers to research and practical challenges
    • Become an inspirational leader in an ever-changing environment of professional practice.

    For a breakdown of each module you’ll cover, get in touch with our team today.

    How you learn and how you’re assessed

    This programme is 100% online, and as a part-time, flexible course, it fits around busy lifestyles. All of your course materials can be found on Moodle, our virtual learning environment – on demand and available no matter where you are. Study resources might include webinars, podcasts, discussion forums, videos, and more.

    When it comes to monitoring your progress, you’ll be assessed through the coursework you submit online. It could include written assignments and a research and development project. You’ll also have the chance to receive formal and informal feedback throughout the course from your tutors and peers, and will be encouraged to self-reflect and evaluate your own performance too.

    Discover more about online learning at Portsmouth and book your virtual Moodle tour with one of our course advisors.

    Career prospects and support

    Earning a DBA shows the world you are not only an authority in your chosen field, but you’re driven to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Unlike a PhD, the DBA’s hands-on approach to applied business theory means that when you graduate, you’ll be in a position to act as the bridge between the business and academic world. All of this makes you an attractive prospect to employers.

    Should you need advice or support, our brilliant Careers and Employability Service are on hand to help.

    Entry requirements

    • A postgraduate qualification or equivalent in a relevant management-related subject
    • At least three years’ business and management experience
    • Proof that you’ve recently undertaken Continuing Professional Development or leadership experience in a relevant business area and management/management science will also be taken into account
    • IELTS level 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component) or other evidence of English language proficiency, if it isn’t your first language.

     You’ll also be asked to submit:

    • research proposal and a personal statement
    • Evidence of your first degree and grades (officially certified and translated copies if they aren’t in English)
    • Evidence of a relevant postgraduate degree with a minimum of 60 credits completed
    • Two referees or references on official headed paper (ideally one should be an academic reference)
    • Proof of your English language proficiency (see above)
    • A current copy of your CV

    Once we’ve taken a look at your application, we might invite you to an online interview.

    Not sure if you’re eligible to apply? Get in touch with one of our friendly and expert course advisers to discuss your experience and options on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email [email protected]

    69191| University of Stirling| Health Psychology DPsych|

    Health Psychology can help to address health challenges affecting people’s day to day lives, prevent illness and foster health and well-being. This course will train you to develop scientific and practitioner skills in Health Psychology, and to be eligible to become a health psychologist. It is based on real-world placement learning, and includes regular teaching and workshops. 

    You'll acquire specific competencies as defined by the British Psychological Society. You'll also gain competence in carrying out a piece of high quality empirical research to a standard publishable in peer review journals.

    Supervision is provided by the experienced and enthusiastic health team in Psychology. We have an excellent international reputation in the field of Health Psychology with a record of high quality research into health and health behaviour.

    Overseas candidates are expected to commence and undertake most of their training in the UK.

    Top-up Research Doctorate in Health Psychology

    The Professional Doctorate award is also available for study via a two year part-time top-up research doctorate route. Applicants who already hold a doctoral level (practitioner) qualification in Health Psychology via the British Psychological Society (QHP), and are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a ‘Health Psychologist’ will be eligible to complete the research module for award of the Professional Doctorate degree.

    Students following this route will be required to complete the ‘Applied Research in Health Psychology’ module, via one-to-one supervision.

    On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • show an advanced knowledge of Health Psychology theory, research and methods
    • develop, deliver and evaluate evidence-based health interventions
    • maintain high ethical and professional standards in Health Psychology practice and research
    • provide consultancy for individuals, teams or organisations
    • design, deliver and evaluate training courses in Health Psychology

    Professional Accreditation

    On successful completion of this 'Stage 2' training, you'll be eligible for registration with the HCPC under the protected title of ‘Health Psychologist’. 

    You will also be eligible to apply for full membership of the Division of Health Psychology and can become a BPS Chartered Health Psychologist.

    This Professional Doctorate Health Psychology degree is fully accredited and commended by the British Psychological Society.

    Work Placements

    Placements are an integral part of this course and you can work in a wide range of settings, including the NHS, local government, health and social care, third sector (charities) or other organisations. In most cases you'll identify your own main placement, and this will need to be organised and approved as part of the application and admissions process. Placements can be paid or unpaid, in your own workplace or elsewhere, or can be carried out on a voluntary basis.

    Placements must cover at least two broad areas of work. This could be one main placement supplemented by shorter pieces of work elsewhere, or by time split more or less equally between two placements, or they can be sequential over time.

    Overseas candidates are expected to start and undertake most of their training in the UK.

    Examples of placements with our trainees include:

    • A mental health charity, providing health behaviour interventions for clients, and training staff providing support for people with complex behavioural problems in GP practices
    • Providing training for hospital staff in motivational approaches and behaviour change, and contributing to staff well-being support during the Covid-19 pandemic
    • Working with people with learning disabilities
    • Working in primary care to deliver health psychology interventions

    Course Details

    The course focuses on developing high quality practice and research skills and your capacity to work as an independent scientist-practitioner. It emphasises person-centred and collaborative ways of working, which are characteristic of Health Psychology approaches.

    This course will aim to prepare you for working in multidisciplinary contexts, in the context of the Scottish and UK Government targets for improvement of the nation’s health. This acknowledges the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic and cultural factors.

    Psychology at the University of Stirling has a long history of collaboration with local and national health care providers, and community groups. Course team members have been involved in many collaborative research projects, teaching and professional consultancy. Existing links to the local, national and international health and healthcare community will be fostered and developed in the Professional Doctorate. Stirling is also committed to increasing patient and public involvement (PPI) from the local community. We have PPI representatives on our Course Steering Group and will involve patient and carer groups as far as possible in different aspects of the course.

    After you graduate

    Health Psychology is a flexible and broad field of study and this is reflected in the wide variety of work that health psychologists can do. For example, within policy bodies, public health or clinical health services such as the UK NHS, and also in health and social care, in communities, workplaces and in the third sector (charitable organisations).

    Examples of possible roles for qualified Health Psychologists are:

    • delivering health assessments and management strategies for chronically ill patients, for example, those with cancer or chronic pain
    • providing rehabilitation or prehabilitation courses, e.g. for patients with coronary heart disease
    • working to support patients and carers in patient support organisations
    • behaviour change consultancy with primary health care teams in the community
    • health education and health promotion in educational or industrial settings
    • conducting evaluative research in order to provide a research evidence base for health policy decisions
    • influencing health behaviours, for example in smoking cessation courses, weight reduction groups, or with sexual health care providers
    • carrying out teaching and research for health care students in academic settings
    • teaching and training NHS health and social care professionals – such as pharmacists, dentists, social workers
    68917| University of Dundee| Art and Design (Professional Doctorate) DProf|

    The major challenges confronting society are complex and interdisciplinary, and current solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s intractable problems are not working. This complexity requires a different type of professional; one who is equipped to work in a very different and collaborative way to find new solutions.

    Our Professional Doctorate programme will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to fulfil this role.

    We are bringing together academic experts from across the University to provide you with interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research, thereby enabling you to transcend boundaries and lead applied research that will help you transform lives and tackle complex challenges in unique ways.

    You apply for a specific award, but you will be part of the overall community of Professional Doctorate students across the University You will participate in shared modules, but will benefit from supervisors who are experts in your chosen discipline area.

    You will be encouraged to:

    • demonstrate critical insight into personal and professional identities
    • engage critically with a range of research paradigms, theories and methodologies
    • evaluate in-depth theory relating to leadership and change, applying this to different professional and interdisciplinary contexts
    • utilise in-depth knowledge and skills in your discipline, to offer evidence-based solutions that are relevant and transferable across different contexts
    • deploy design-led approaches to develop innovative solutions to complex professional challenges
    • engage critically with a broad range of digital technologies, demonstrating knowledge and skills around access and utility
    • apply advanced research knowledge and skills to influence policy, strategy, and leadership
    • demonstrate confidence and expertise, in working with teams, to effectively evaluate and manage complex situations

    Teaching

    Teaching will be delivered by blended learning, you will attend face-to-face sessions on campus twice per year (January and June), for five days on each occasion. For the remainder of the time, you will engage in online teaching and learning, and self-directed study.

    There will be emphasis on active learning, using participatory approaches, such as interactive workshops, seminars, group work, one-to-one supervision (in the thesis stage), and web conferences.

    The Professional Doctorates have been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as ‘researching professionals’ within your own setting. To achieve this, we deploy teaching and learning activities that include group work to tackle issues in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.

    Assessment

    Each module assessment includes subject-specific components to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the module topics. This is achieved through:

    • written coursework
    • continuous assessment
    • blog entries
    • oral presentations
    • peer / self-review
    • group projects

    You are also expected to develop core programme skills throughout your studies and some of these, including digital literacy, critical thinking, and writing, are tested across the modules. Others, such as applying the principles of design-thinking and honing your dissemination and implementation skills, are linked to specific modules.

    The thesis is the culmination of the Professional Doctorate programme and tests your intellectual skills, creativity, problem-solving, and ability to manage a complex and challenging piece of work.

    In all written assessment work, you are expected to use a wide range of evidence to support your work.

    Module list

    Core Modules

    These modules are an essential part of your course

    Careers

    A Professional Doctorate will enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as a ‘researching professional’ within your own setting and beyond.

    To achieve this, principles of professional learning are integrated throughout the learning and teaching, including:

    • a strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout the programme.
    • opportunities to situate learning within contexts that are familiar to you and actively facilitating you to explore interdisciplinary practice in a broader range of disciplines and contexts.
    • an option for workplace ‘consultancy’ experience that combines research skills with practice-based interventions.
    • teaching and learning that actively includes working as a group to address issues and challenges in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.
    • opportunities to network locally, nationally and internationally

    While you will graduate with a unique range of attributes, fundamentally, this programme aims to create a community of scholars who display ‘doctoral characteristics’ – that is, the qualities and skills associated with doctoral graduates. It is also about preparing you for working in a post-digital world, where 21st century qualities, such as being value-based, reflective and transdisciplinary, are an expectation of professionals.

    Questions? Need help?

    Contact our applicant enquiry team

    Use our online form

    68818| University of Wolverhampton| Professional Doctorate in Education|

    The Professional Doctorate is a Research Degree and though it does not include a placement/work-based element, it has been designed to develop the individual’s capacity to work and progress in a professional context; it can also support the development of a research culture in the workplace (educational employers have been consulted in developing the course).

    The Professional Doctorate in Education at the University of Wolverhampton embraces two philosophies simultaneously. On the one hand, it embodies traditional research-based purposes derived from the PhD model. From this perspective, the programme is designed to develop competent researchers through a programme of training in research methods and the production of a research-based thesis. The modules constitute a coherent research programme, with a considerable emphasis on professional development and practice.

    Notwithstanding this traditional element, the programme has been designed for experienced educational practitioners rather than for academic student researchers. An explicit aim is to support researchers in professional practice through work-based research that focuses on their own professional needs and those of their employers/organisations. The course team thus recognise the value of the varied educational contexts and settings in which students are employed.

    The modular approach allows the pathway to be flexible and responsive, and the design of modules allows some choice in study methods/approaches. The concept of being an ‘effective practitioner’ signifies more than an enhanced ability to practise; it implies a greater willingness to innovate, to manage change, and developing creative abilities to investigate ideas. The team are mindful of the need to maximise the opportunity for strategic thinking and provide a proactive educational experience that enables practitioners to adapt to change and become proponents and creators of new professional knowledge. Because the Doctorate will be closely integrated with existing work, it is seen as adding value to the workplace as well as enhancing and developing candidates’ individual abilities.

    The academic rigour of the Doctorate is in part supported by the wide-ranging professional experience of the teaching team. The team have a wide research background and the programme capitalises on their strengths. Research expertise across the team includes such diverse areas as secondary school improvement, educational leadership, early years education, and policy and practice in further and higher education, to name but a few.

    The first two years of the Doctoral stage focus on developing students’ understanding of research – in terms of overarching philosophies and practical approaches, but also with regard to shaping and articulating their research values and professional identity. The strong emphasis on reflexivity underpinning the course is a distinctive feature of the programme and aims to develop students’ understanding and confidence, thereby preparing them for educational enquiry at the thesis stage, and supporting their professional development. Student feedback has been central in shaping the programme. Participants on the course, including University staff members, have reported that the taught sessions are stimulating and immensely useful.

    Educational Aims of the Course:

    The educational aims of the course are to develop an individual’s professional practice and to support them in producing an original contribution to professional knowledge worthy of publication. The standard of this Doctorate is of the level and intellectual challenge equivalent to a PhD degree. The programme of study is underpinned by professional practice, and students will be required to show evidence that, through the course of their studies, they have made a significant contribution to working practice(s) within their professional area. By combining traditional taught sessions with virtual technologies, teaching becomes a more personalised experience and extends beyond the classroom. Examples of the strategies for blended learning within the programme include:

    • Electronic content to support modules on CANVAS (Virtual Learning Environment)
    • Electronic feedback for students for formative work. Tutorials and teaching sessions may be carried out remotely or face-to-face
    • Collaborative learning opportunities 

    Employability in the Curriculum:

    Participation in this programme will enhance the professional practice and educational expertise of all candidates. Through its focus on developing high-level research skills and applying these rigorously and systematically to real-world educational issues and topics, the course equips students with advanced skills that will be transferable to a range of senior-level employment contexts. The development of an ability to apply solutions-focused and creative research techniques to complex educational matters is central to the course’s rationale and supports the University’s framework for course design with regard to being enterprising and improving employability.

    Successful graduates would thus be expected to take a leading role in developing excellence in educational management, learning, teaching, student development or advisory work in their own work place institutions as appropriate. The course will also supply the expertise, experience and academic credentials for those students aspiring to work on education-related Degree courses in Higher Education, as well as enhancing promotion opportunities in existing employment.

    68660| Birkbeck, University of London| Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes/Professional Doctorate)|

    This unique doctoral programme, Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes/Professional Doctorate), provides you with training in evidence-based practice (EBP). This well-established approach to practice emphasises making better-informed decisions about problems (or opportunities) and potential solutions or interventions through use of the best available evidence from multiple sources. The programme is relevant to practitioners working across all areas relevant to human resource practice and scholarship, including management, learning and development, and internal and external consultancy.

    Throughout the Professional Doctorate you will undertake work-based learning, including:

    • expert briefings and masterclasses from leading academics and practitioners around each of the four key practice areas in HRM
    • seminars and workshops on evidence-based practice
    • research methods training to extend your knowledge and skills and develop reflective practice
    • peer-learning and group supervision as well as self-learning as appropriate to a research-focused degree.

    You will also be allocated a personal supervisor and have access to a wide range of taught courses, professional training courses and networking opportunities offered by the Department of Organizational Psychology. You will have access to a virtual learning environment too, providing you with supplementary materials. It is assumed that you will be able to gain experience and practise and investigate evidence-based Human Resource Management at your workplace.

    The first part of the programme constitutes the MRes. In the first year, you take two fundamental evidence modules and a content module focused on assessment and selection. In the second year, which runs from January to December, you take a further three modules to work through the employee life cycle. Each of these modules is assessed by a case study which together will form an evidence-based practice portfolio.

    If you pass the first part, you then undertake research methods training and develop proposals for, and undertake, a systematic review and major study, which form your final doctoral thesis, assessed through a viva voce.

    Year 1 Modules

    Spring term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: The Foundations of Evidence-Based HRM

    Summer term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Critical Appraisal of Scientific and Other Evidence

    Autumn term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Selection and Assessment

    Year 2 modules

    Spring term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Learning and Development

    Summer term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Performance, Talent and Reward Management

    Autumn term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Job Satisfaction, Well-being, and Engagement

    Highlights

    68095| University of Buckingham| Professional Doctorate in Public Policy and Political Economy|

    Course Info

    This unique Professional Doctorate programme is aimed at individuals who are working in, or who have previously worked in, an area of public policy practice (for example, a think tank, charity, in journalism, in the civil service or a central bank, or as a political researcher). Teachers of economics and politics can also take the programme. The format of teaching and research provides a structured, but flexible, framework making this the ideal way to combine doctoral studies with professional life.

    The programme leads to the qualification “Doctor of Public Policy and Political Economy” and will be an important qualification for those wishing to advance a career in any area of public policy or advance an academic career. We also welcome students later in life who, as well as studying for the qualification, will be able to share their experience with other students at the study weekends.

    Teaching & Assessment

    There are four modules in the professional doctorate programme.

    Module One

    You will attend the weekly evening seminars held on the MA in Political Economy by Research. These cover topics such as Adam Smith; Alfred Marshall; the marginalists and neo-classical economics; Karl Marx; Friedrich Hayek and the Austrians; J.M. Keynes; James Buchanan, Gordon Tullock and public choice theory; the Frankfurt School; and behavioural economics. You can attend these seminars by distance learning.

    Module Two

    You will attend a study weekend in May of your first academic year at the Vinson Centre, University of Buckingham. The study weekend will include: further lectures on schools of economic thought and their relevance to public policy and a preliminary research proposal presentation as well as research methods training.

    You must attend this in person.

    Module Three

    This module will be a reflective analysis relating experience in your professional role to models in political economy (for example, public choice, institutional economics, market failure models etc) or to key figures in the development of thinking on political economy or public policy.

    You will then attend a second study weekend in October of the second academic year and your research proposal will be finalised. This will also be at the Vinson Centre.

    Module Four

    In Module Four, you will undertake a research thesis of a recommended length of 55,000 to 65,000 words. The research thesis will be on an approved topic related to your professional work (or former professional work) and is supervised by academic staff.

    October study weekend

    Every year you will be invited to the October study weekend. You can attend as many of these events before completing your thesis as you wish, but you will be required to attend at least one further study weekend, after your initial October study weekend, before you submit your thesis. You do not have to attend each year.

    Thesis

    You have between four and six years following registration to complete your thesis.

    Resources

    You will be able to make use of the Vinson Centre’s superb economic policy and history of economic thought library throughout your period of study.

    International study

    This programme can be taken by overseas students as long as you are able to attend the three study weekends (the May and two October weekends) during the course of your registration period (up to six years). All other studies and supervision can be undertaken online.

    Teaching, Supervision and Assessment

    Teaching is a mixture of online provision and seminars at the study weekends held at the Vinson Centre. Each module will be assessed by shorter assignments before you move on to the thesis. These shorter assignments are designed to ensure that you are well prepared when you start your thesis. Appropriate supervisors will be appointed for module four. You will meet those supervisors regularly.

    A Flexible Qualification – entry and exit routes

    This programme is flexible so that you can join from other University of Buckingham programmes and gain exemptions from modules of the professional doctorate. Also, if you decide that the professional doctorate is not for you, your work will not be wasted: there are other exit routes.

    MA in Political Economy – you can register for this degree and transfer to the Professional Doctorate in January of the first academic year. The fees that you have paid for the MA will be credited towards your professional doctorate so that the total fee will be approximately the same as if you had registered for the professional doctorate from the outset.

    MA in Political Economy 2021 entry – students who enrolled on the MA in Political Economy in 2021 will be able to transfer to the professional doctorate in October 2022 and move straight to module four. A special programme of study and assessment will be designed so that those transferring in this way obtain at least 120 level-7 credits when taking into account the assessments that they have already taken at that point. If you entered the professional doctorate in this way, you can extend your MA thesis to doctoral level.

    There are also flexible exit routes so that, if you complete Modules One to Three successfully, but choose not to complete Module Four, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Economy. However, you will be able to return within five years and complete the professional doctorate subject to the usual rules and regulations of the University regarding the return of qualifications when a qualification is taken further for another award.

    67897| Keele University| Professional Doctorate in Midwifery (DMid)|

    The Midwifery Doctorate programme meets the needs of professionals/educationalists wishing to attain the highest level of professional and academic achievement.

    The programme of taught modules combined with the research component allows students to undertake study and research that is clearly relevant to their professional practice, will support them to contribute to professional knowledge in their field of practice and will enable their career development. 

    A professional doctorate provides a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, equally rigorous to the purely research orientated PhD. The taught modules which occupy the first two years of the programme, provide opportunities to develop students’ skills and knowledge in key areas to facilitate career development, whilst the research component allows for development of skills in critical appraisal and the ability to develop the rationale, methodology and methods for research studies. The modules also allow development of other transferable skills such as project management, problem solving, information management and academic writing.

    The Midwifery Doctorate utilizes the expertise of the academic team across the whole of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as experts from the clinical field to support the student’s development, research and scholarship; many of whom may be nationally and internationally renowned researchers in their own field.

    Within the Doctorate, students may wish to exit at key points prior to completing the whole programme and in doing so may be awarded either postgraduate diploma or masters in health sciences. This design is intended to provide flexibility for professionals studying whilst working in high pressured health service roles.

    COURSE CONTENT

    The learning outcomes below describe what you should be able to do if you make full use of the opportunities for learning that are provided to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, and skills. In addition, by completing the Midwifery Doctorate programme you will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, leadership and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations in professional environments.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Evaluate and reflect on the core skills that are required for effective communication at an interpersonal and organizational level.
    • Critically assimilate the current political challenges in health and social care and the role that culture, power and politics plays when communicating with organizations in this context.
    • Critically analyse and appraise the key elements of productive team working, including effective management of workforce conflicts, and how these can inform planned change processes.
    • Identify and apply strategies for implementing a change process and for networking across boundaries to build relationships and share information, plans and resources.
    • Critically reflect on the key characteristics and skills of an effective leader and how these can be used to implement change in the workplace.
    • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principles of research and evaluation.
    • Critically evaluate the research evidence base to inform the development of practice based/professional research questions.
    • Develop an appreciation and knowledge base of quantitative and qualitative paradigms, methodologies and methods and their application to practice based/professional research
    • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methodologies and methods
    • Analyse and reflect on the knowledge of the research process and methodologies and how these relate to own proposed research, providing a rationale and justification for choices made.
    • Compose and critically debate a justified rationale for the research philosophy underpinning the project.
    • Discriminate between and justify different research methodologies and methods underpinning the research project.
    • Select and critically discuss the relevant data analysis methods for the proposed project.
    • Develop a research proposal for the pilot study that demonstrates the ability to critically and analytically conceptualize the design of the research project.
    • Critically analyse and examine the principles of research ethics and governance.
    • Conduct a pilot study that shows the ability to implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of individual disciplines.
    • Develop or select appropriate research tools that will collect data to meet the aims and objectives of the research questions/hypotheses.
    • Demonstrate the intellectual capacity to undertake independent and original doctoral level research.
    • Synthesise the relevant literature in order to develop the research question(s) or hypothesis.
    • Design and justify an appropriate framework for the proposed research project that effectively integrates empirical focus, context, theory and methodology.
    • Confidently and concisely communicates an appropriate ethical strategy for answering the research questions or testing the hypotheses.
    • Communicate ideas and arguments effectively orally and in writing in language that is appropriate to doctoral level study.
    • Provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate achievement of competencies required for advanced practice as described in the competency frameworks relative to your professional practice. 
    • Demonstrate that you have developed a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of a chosen field of your professional practice, through research, enquiry and critical reflection, and created an interpreted new knowledge, principally through the production of a thesis, which is of suitable standard to satisfy the University Criteria on Doctoral work.

    OUR EXPERTISE

    The Midwifery programme is led by Professor June Keeling. Professor Keeling qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and as a Registered Midwife in 1992. She worked across the hospital and community as a Midwife until 2004, when she moved into Higher Education. Her first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Women’s Health and Health Research from the University of Liverpool, followed by a Masters in Professional Education. Her PhD explored women’s disclosure of domestic violence and interactions with statutory agencies. She has supervised several students through to PhD completion, and is regularly invited as an external examiner.

    Our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has an exceptional research standing with many staff gaining grants from national and international funding bodies and this also facilitates the expertise that can be drawn upon to support the supervision of doctoral students outside of the immediate professional doctorate team.

    67674| University of Buckingham| Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)|

    Course Information

    The EdD programme at Buckingham brings together an exciting international community to study and research together. Our Doctoral Programme in Education promotes and endorses the highest level of knowledge, skills and experiences of leaders in schools and education in the belief that this recognition will impact significantly on practice. An EdD is at the same standard as a PhD. Like a PhD, the EdD requires students to make a unique contribution to knowledge. A distinguishing element of an EdD is that it is also required to ensure your study results in a tangible impact on practice. This is because the EdD is a practitioner/professional doctorate which means that it is designed for professionals working in Education and that the focus of study should be on the nature of Educational practice.

    Every student attends an Induction Programme and then is allocated two personal supervisors. You have a main supervisor who will be a critical friend through the process, and you will have approximately 12 hours of supervision each year. Students are supported by webinars and by two study days in November and another two study days in April. The online support guides you through some of the key elements of completing a doctorate, for example, research methodology, engaging with literature and philosophical frameworks.

    The doctorate:

    • Can be completed in 3-6 years part-time
    • Involves itself in the professional practice of educational practitioners
    • Can be achieved by the creation of a portfolio or a traditional thesis
    • Has a highly competitive course fee
    • Is available completely online

    Course content

    The University of Buckingham EdD is appropriate for experienced practitioners and postgraduate students who already hold an MA or equivalent. Doing a doctorate is likely to be one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of your professional career. Despite its challenges it is hoped that you will also find the experience hugely rewarding. The programme aims to enable those working in education to develop expertise through critical evaluation of research and scholarship in their chosen field of interest. Students will develop skills that allow them to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on educational issues. Whilst the intensity of the doctorate might seem daunting, the programme is designed for students to be able to complete study alongside their work in education. Students will contribute to wider debate on education and reflect on the implications of their study for educators and learners. The expectation is that on average you will spend 15 hours a week studying. This takes into account time spent with you supervisor, study days as well as your own independent research, reading and study.

    We offer two routes to achieving the EdD at Buckingham:

    1. a traditional thesis; or
    2. a portfolio route

    The choice of route will be decided in discussion with your supervisors.

    Many people will be familiar with the structure of the doctoral thesis; it is a pathway that encompasses a review of literature followed by the pursuit of a research project and as the EdD is a professional thesis, this would also include an evaluation of the implications for practice that the work would have within a particular educational context. A thesis consists of a continuous narrative, divided up into chapters that form a whole. Each chapter contributes to the main idea and builds a logical sustained argument cumulatively from start to end.

    By comparison a doctorate by submission of a professional portfolio reflects on a particular area of focus and interest through the production of a collection of different papers that together form a whole. If you have already published articles and documents of different kinds, then the portfolio may be suitable for you.

    It is important to recognise that both require the same level of academic rigour. A thesis is an extended piece of research that presents an argument supported by evidence and reference to relevant research. For the portfolio, it is the overriding argument that binds the varied contents of the portfolio together through use of linking documents. Both pathways also require an ability to be critical both in terms of one’s own position and also in the further development of your own critical voice when encountering a range of alternative views. Both pathways will also contribute something unique and original to your existing knowledge. Originality may lie in the discovery or collection of material never before used; or it may lie in a new approach to more familiar material. Your progress with this work will be assessed at regular stages to determine your suitability to continue on the course.

    How to Apply

    Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to provide a doctoral proposal. Please consider:

    • the focus (topic) of your research and/or evidence (e.g. leadership, curriculum development, etc.)
    • an introduction to existing literature reflecting your focus
    • how at this point you think you will carry out the work
    • the impact you feel this could have on educational practice
    • your motivations for carrying out this work at this time and an introduction to your own educational context.

    Your application will be assessed against a number of different criteria. These include:

    • the suitability of your topic as one that has the ability to be developed at this level
    • your ability to communicate effectively in English
    • the way in which your area of interest relates to your own professional experience and background
    • your academic record to date.

    These applications will be reviewed and every applicant will then be interviewed by the Course Director. Applicants should have a focus linked to their professional remit and provide evidence that significantly contributes to the application of knowledge that is relevant locally, nationally and internationally.

    If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Admissions Team: [email protected].

    67326| University of Essex| DSPC Sport Performance and Coaching|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 5-6 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sport performance and coaching.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • Our brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
    • Our teaching staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • We offer you the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are 23rd in UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    67324| University of Essex| DST Sports Therapy|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 5-6 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sports therapy.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • Our brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
    • Our teaching staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • We offer you the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are 23rd in UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    67321| University of Essex| DSES Sport and Exercise Science|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 5-6 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sport and exercise science.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • Our state-of-the-art Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
    • Our academic staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • We are 23rd in UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are 23rd in UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.



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