The Professional Doctorate in Health (DProf ) is an exciting initiative, and will provide you with a high level, vocationally focused award, suitable for a broad range of healthcare practitioners. This includes, but is not limited to nurses, medical/paramedical practitioners, allied health professionals, practitioners of a complementary and alternative medicine, midwives, and health care educators.
Offering an equivalent to PhD level, the DProf provides an opportunity to complete an advanced programme of study, focused on your individual needs. The programme builds upon an existing suite of awards for the professional education of practitioners. The two-stage structure (MSc/DProf ) means that you can progressively develop your research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research. The doctorate uses a range of Masters modules for Stage 1. Stage 2 comprises the doctoral research at Level 8 taking you through to your final thesis. Depending on the modules chosen the modes of study may include campus study or e-learning.
There are several entry points onto the Professional Doctorate.
1. Students will register for the Professional Doctorate on entry into Stage 1, with at least a first degree in an appropriate subject at 2:1 or above and professional practice experience. Advice and support will be provided by the Course Leader to ensure their profile is appropriate.
2. Students identify their wish to enter the Professional Doctorate when they have completed the PG Diploma. They will have completed two healthcare research modules, one research and ethics module and three option modules or their equivalent. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60% or over.
3. Students will enter the programme having completed an appropriate Masters programme. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60% or over, and have completed equivalent of the compulsory research modules.
Entry by applicants with appropriate postgraduate qualifications will be considered for entry with advanced standing.
Applicants who meet the criteria for entry will be interviewed providing an opportunity to evaluate potential to benefit and succeed. Interviews will include discussion of the proposed research area to ensure appropriate supervisory team allocation.
Stage One uses both core and option modules from both the research and professional practice perspectives many of which are also included in the many masters awards in Health. This allows you to develop both research and practitioner inquiry and skills alongside your CPD and professional understanding of your field.
Stage Two involves completion of a thesis at NQF Level 8 which is the completion of a written submission of approx 40,000-60,000 words on your applied professional research. There are no taught modules at this stage.
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