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Professional Doctorate Health, Social Care and Nursing


Course Description

The programme develops highly competent, strategically focused researchers capable of undertaking successful doctoral level study within organisations and outside academia. It is designed to meet the increasing challenges of contemporary health, social care and nursing and is academically equivalent to a traditional PhD.

The programme provides advanced training in research methods, building knowledge and confidence to analyse and explore the impact of social, political and legal forces at strategic and operational levels within organisations; enabling you to become an effective future leader, decision maker, strategic thinker and reflective practitioner within your organisation and profession. It uses a blend of university-based master classes, seminars and workshops, as well as a range of group and individual activities via the virtual learning environment.

Delivered in a multi-professional setting the programme will promote a shared identity and team working ethos which is transferable to organisations where diverse groupings are required to facilitate change within professions, sector and organisations.

New leadership roles and consultant posts are currently being established for senior health and social care professionals enabling them to make an impact on service delivery and the development of professional practice. Consequently, there is a clear need to develop an educational programme which develops expert practitioners and researchers in practice who have the skills to contribute to the evidence base and improve patient care. Similar drivers across the social work and social care professions mean that there is an increased need to base practice on research based evidence.

This programme will enable health and social care professionals to conduct research at doctoral level that has relevance both to their professional interest and organisational context. The Professional Doctorate will provide a rigorous academic programme of learning and research with progressive and incremental goals, learning outcomes that are relevant to the participating organisation or the wider social context.

Delivered in a multi-professional setting the programme will promote a shared identity and team working ethos which is transferable to organisations where diverse groupings are required to facilitate change within professions, sector and organisations.

Visit the Professional Doctorate Health, Social Care and Nursing page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or Masters degree in professional discipline. Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ related professional experience. Applicants admitted are normally registered professionals with a nationally recognised first qualification in their discipline.

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