Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care
The Professional Doctorate programme has been developed for practitioners who have or intend to pursue professional careers as consultant nurses or therapists, clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, practice development professionals, senior managers and leaders of healthcare.
The programme offers you the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and to apply them to professional practice issues through independent research. Therefore providing you with the opportunity and potential to make a significant contribution to professional practice and to improve service delivery and performance within your employing organisations and across the wider professions.The doctorate comprises of a taught component in Years one-two, and a doctoral research component in Years three-five. The research study will culminate in a doctoral thesis in the profession specific subject area or in the general area of health and social care.The research thesis component of the programme, in Years three-five, may be generic (Health and Social Care) or profession specific and leads to one of the following awards:
- Doctorate in Health and Social Care
- Doctorate in Nursing
- Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
- Doctorate in Optometry
- Doctorate in Physiotherapy
- Doctorate in Radiography
- Doctorate in Midwifery
- Doctorate in Social Work
For further information about the course and an informal discussion, please contact Dr Susie Sykes: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Research in health and social care for professional doctorate
- Practical issues in data collection
- Qualitative data analysis
- Quantitative data analysis
- Literature review for doctoral research
- Health and social care research contexts
- Research methodologies
- The doctoral research proposal and ethics
- Completion of research thesis
The Professional Doctorate programme has been developed for practitioners who have or intend to pursue professional careers as consultant nurses or therapists, clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, practice development professionals, senior managers and leaders of healthcare. Those exiting the course will have developed a range of advanced skills in scholarly activity such as searching for evidence, critical appraisal, research design and conduct, and disseminating research.
Dr Stephen McKeever initially trained as adult nurse then a children's nurse. His clinical and research experience has mainly focused on the care of the critically ill child.
Dr Moorley is a Senior Lecturer in adult nursing and has an academic background in public health and health promotion. He is a registered nurse (Adult) and practices in intensive care therapy.
Dr Adéle Stewart-Lord is an Associate Professor in therapeutic radiography. Her main role as Associate Professor involves the management and delivery of the Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) agenda
Susie is a Senior Lecturer in Primary and Social Care Research. Her professional background is in public health and health promotion, and she has particular interests in community development, health policy and health literacy.
Teaching and learning
In the first two years, the taught modules take place at the Southwark campus in three day blocks of study, in October, November, February and March. The sessions are facilitated by senior academic staff from the School of Health and Social Care. You will receive tutorial and supervisory support whilst undertaking the programme. E-learning activities will complement the taught component and there are a variety of assessment methods.
In the third year, you start your doctoral thesis, with a Director of Studies to supervise you. The School of Health and Social Care runs a monthly doctoral support programme where you can meet students at different points in their doctoral studies and benefit from peer support and sessions to support your learning during the thesis component. There are also development sessions organised by the Central Research Office for LSBU’s research students and a lively annual Summer School.
In order to be considered, applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:
- A recognised professional qualification which allows you to practise in one of the professions for which an award is specified: nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, physiotherapy, or radiography; or
- A health and social care profession which is recognised for registration with one of the health and social care professions councils in the UK [e.g. the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); the General Medical Council (GMC); the General Optical Council (GOC)] and
- A Masters degree in a relevant discipline and at least three full years full-time experience (or equivalent) in a relevant professional area or
- A first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant discipline and evidence of ability to produce work at masters level and at least four years of full-time experience (or equivalent) in a relevant professional area
- Applicants are required to have some previous knowledge of research methods, such as a research methods module, completed as part of previous degree.
- Applicants must have sufficient command of the English language to complete satisfactorily the taught component, and to prepare and defend a thesis in English. For those whose first language is not English, should produce evidence of competency in the English language equivalent to level 8 of the International Language Testing System (IELTS) with no element below 7.5
How to apply
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All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing email@example.com.
The application process
Your application will be circulated to to the course team who will look at your academic qualifications and experience to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
Fees and funding
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
|UK/EU fee: £4833.33||International fee: £7291.67|
|AOS/LSBU code: 4343||Session code: 1PS00|
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The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
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