The DHSci is structured in two phases. Phase one consists of taught research modules totalling 120 Level 7 credits. These modules maybe 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)
develops a critical understanding of socio-political aspects of research, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs and to plan a research project
Research Dilemmas and Strategies (30 credits)
is designed to develop advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of research strategies and philosophical assumptions underlying research decisions
Making Sense of Quantitative and Qualitative Data (30 credits)
develops advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of both quantitative and qualitative methods
Advanced Statistics and Data Analysis (15 credits)
is designed to extend basic understanding of numerical data analysis. The module will enable students to have a greater familiarity with the diverse analytical techniques as applied to statistics
Research into Practice (15 credits)
will give you the opportunity to focus on managing your research from start to finish with a requirement to cost your research project, consideration of funding opportunities and the need to demonstrate how you would disseminate your research through publication and presentation
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.