The Professional Doctorate in gives you the opportunity to produce work-based research at doctoral level. The topic of research will be based upon your professional expertise and the work of your organisation. It supports the current policy drive towards research in the workplace, the development of expert practitioners, the expansion of collaborative working, and the emphasis on evidence-based practice in healthcare. The course is intended for senior practitioners, clinicians, team leaders, managers, and specialists working in the wide domain of health and social sciences.
We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to study in the following two key areas: Healthcare management and service delivery, such as: • Biomedical Sciences and diagnostic services. • Healthcare management: quality and governance, the patient and service user experience. • Healthcare psychology, business psychology. • Healthcare governance: clinical and integrated governance, the patient and service user experience, management of healthcare services. • Health and well being: successful ageing, men’s health, health promotion and behavioural change. • International public health nutrition, Food security. • Nutrition: sports and exercise nutrition • Physiology and Pharmacology
The first year of the programme is taught and comprises four doctoral level modules (level 8) which builds the student’s skills in preparation for their own research. A later module helps students develop as leaders of research within their own organisation. Each module contributes to the student’s own research project, and a research supervisor is appointed at the start of the programme.
• Personal and Professional Development • Organisational Analysis and Professional Practice • Research Design and Planning • Research Methods • Leading research and Influencing Policy The student’s own research begins in year two and results in one of the following: a thesis, publications, book/book chapters, or other media/public output.
Students are required to attend the university for approximately 18 days in the first year, grouped into five blocks of three or four days; in year two for approximately eight days, then by arrangement with their supervisor in years three and four.