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Doctorate in Health Sciences DHSci

Course Description

This is a research degree for senior practitioners who wish to study at doctoral level and develop research skills appropriate for conducting research into practice. The DHSci is an interprofessional doctoral course where students from across the allied
health professions study together in the pursuit of knowledge applied to practice.

The DHSci enables you to:

•Engage in a course of research in your practice area
•Develop as an expert practitioner in your practice area
•Develop interprofessional working in your practice area
•Develop leadership and management expertise including the ability to influence and inform policy making in the context of
your practice area

Course modules:

The DHSci is structured in two phases. Phase one consists of taught research modules totalling 120 Level 7 credits. These modules may be taken over a period of two–four years, but must be completed before phase two begins. The modules are:

•Research Designs in Health (30 credits)
•Research Dilemmas and Strategies (30 credits)
•Making Sense of Quantitative and Qualitative Data (30 credits)
•Advanced Statistics and Data Analysis (15 credits)
•Research into Practice (15 credits)

The research modules are designed to enable you to gain a complete understanding of research design, methodology, and methods, as a prerequisite to undertaking an independent research study applied to a particular practice discipline. You must achieve 60 per cent in each taught module in order to progress to phase two. If you choose to step off the course during phase one you may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science Research (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science Research (120 credits) depending on achievement of the appropriate number of credits.

Phase two consists of an independent research study leading to a thesis of 50,000 words and examined at doctoral level,
in part by viva voce (oral exam). Phase two builds on the work undertaken in phase one and leads to the production of original work of publishable quality. Phase two will take a minimum of two years to complete. If you step off the course or cannot complete the DHSci you may be eligible for the award of Master of Science (MSc) Health Science Research.

Teaching and Assessment:

Learning and teaching within the DHSci aims to develop independent researchers who are able to integrate theoretical knowledge of research into professional practice. You will be actively engaged in the pursuit of original knowledge in your professional field. Assessment in phase one is via a number of different methods including assignments and presentations. In addition you will develop and maintain a scholarly portfolio supported by your supervisory team.


All staff who support students on the DHSci are professionally qualified in the allied health professions (nursing, midwifery,
speech and language therapy, audiology and biomedical science). Teaching staff have expertise in a variety of research methodologies and methods appropriate to health service research.

Graduate careers:

The DHSci is a research degree culminating in an independent research study examined at doctoral level. As such it is the highest award a university can confer, equivalent to a PhD.

This course enables senior practitioners to further enhance their careers in the areas of research, management, and education. Clinical practitioners holding the DHSci will be equipped with the highest level of research skills and will be enabled to apply research to their own practice.

The DHSci enables senior practitioners to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the practice discipline and to be at
the forefront of policy making for the future benefit of patients and clients.

The course has been developed with senior practitioners across all health trusts and has the support of the Education Commissioning Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority along with the Department of Health, recognise professional
doctorates as the preferred mode of doctoral study for senior practitioners who wish to remain at the forefront of clinical practice.

Visit the Doctorate in Health Sciences DHSci page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2012 entry, please visit our website2013 entry:•Honours degree, normally 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject •Two years of relevant practice or experience Current employment in the specific area of professional practice relevant to the Doctoral study•You must provide a suitable practice adviser for one period of Doctoral study •You will be invited to attend an interview day as part of the application process

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