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Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

Overview

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 Allied Health Professions

For further information about the course and an informal discussion, please contact Dr Susie Sykes: sykess@lsbu.ac.uk

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Year 1 

  • 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 

Year 2 

  • Health and social care research contexts 
  • Research methodologies 
  • The doctoral research proposal and ethics 

Year 3-5 

  • Completion of research thesis

Employability

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.

Placements

Staff

Dr Ingrid Bacon

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Ingrid Bacon has worked in a variety of settings in the UK, West Africa and Brazil. She has a Masters degree in Health Studies and a Masters degree in Psychology. Her research interests are substance misuse, co-dependency, identity and phenomenology.


Dr Martin Benwell

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor


Dr Stephen McKeever

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

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 Calvin Moorley

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

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

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

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


Dr Paul Sugarhood

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Sugarhood is an occupational therapist and has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in the UK and Brazil. He is Course Director for the MSc Advancing Practice in Occupational Therapy.


Dr Lynn Sumerfield-Mann

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Lynn Summerfield-Mann is a Principal Lecturer and Pre-Registration Lead in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, with particular interest in the use of models of practice and Problem-based Learning in the education, practice and research of occupational therapy.


Dr Susie Sykes

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Research

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.


Facilities

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.

Entry requirements

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

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
4343
Application method

All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

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.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £7291.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4343Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £16368
International £36750

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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