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Professional Doctorate in Clinical Doctorate in Nursing

Course Description

Our Clinical Doctorate is the only one of its kind in Scotland, tailored to the needs of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals, of all varieties. The programme is practice-focused and has been designed to prepare future leaders of practice, education and leadership. Students will join other professionals from a range of disciplines for on-campus and online study, to benefit not only from the extensive knowledge delivered by the Clinical Doctorate team, but from each others experiences and expertise.

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is well placed to deliver a clinically focused programme such as this. We are a multi-award winning institution, led by a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, real nursing experience and a wealth of world-class publications.

Key information

-Degree type: Doctorate, MSc, Postgraduate Diploma.
-Study methods: Full time, part time. Campus based.
-Duration: 3 years full time, between 4–8 years part time.
-Start date: Students usually begin the programme at the start of a new academic year, in September.
-Course Director: Dr Kathleen Stoddart.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Course objectives

The programme aims to develop you as a clinically focussed senior Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional who will be at the cutting edge of clinical research and practice in your field.

Working autonomously, you will be able to design and execute research to deal with problems and issues in practice and apply constant and integrated approaches to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information and issues.
In summary, the programme is about:
-Tackling complex ideas and challenging established modes of thinking.
-Developing research and scholarship skills harnessed imaginatively to the field of clinical practice.
-Preparing to be at the cutting edge of clinical and research practice for your area of ‘expertness’.
-Familiarity with leading-edge research, an ability to redesign the clinical environment and understanding of the research process.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport brings together the collective expertise of multidisciplinary academics. We have a commitment to making a difference to world needs in health, wellbeing and society through teaching, research and public involvement.

We develop global citizens through our excellence in learning and teaching, focusing on employability to foster those who can make a difference.

Our portfolio of research-led Health Sciences courses advances knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals to promote patient-centred care.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are at the heart of Scottish and UK sport, committed to excellence in all aspects of University sporting life.

Other admission requirements

Please note that due to the nature of this programme we can only accept applications from EU based students. Applicants from outwith the EU are advised to contact for a discussion on your suitability to joining the programme.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the Clinical Doctorate in Nursing page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally hold a good Honours degree and/or a Master’s degree or equivalent of a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling; hold an appropriate nursing, midwifery or allied health professional registration; and normally at least five years’ post-registration experience. Selection follows consideration of written application and statement. See course description for further admission details.

Course Fees

Please see University of Stirling website for details

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