Doctorate in Health Sciences DHSci

About the course

The Doctorate in Health Sciences 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 inter professional 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 research from your practice area, on a course supported by Health Education East Midlands and developed with input from senior practitioners
  • Develop as an expert practitioner in your practice area and gain transferable skills through interprofessional learning, alongside professionals from a range of allied health professions
  • Enhance your leadership and management expertise, and ability to influence and inform policy making in the context of your practice area
  • Learn from our experienced practice and research-based academics; with expertise in a variety of allied health professions such as; nursing, midwifery, speech and language therapy, audiology and biomedical science

Key facts

Duration: Four–six years part-time 

First semester
- Wednesday pm.
Second semester - Wednesday am. In the second year mainly distance learning apart from induction sessions and the remaining years independent research with supervision

Start date: September 2014

Entry and admission criteria

  • 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

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is essential.

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.

Course modules

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 a complete understanding of research design, methodology, and methods, for undertaking an independent research project applied your career interests.

You must achieve an average of 60 per cent across all modules to progress; however there may be opportunities to exit the course during phase one with Health Science Research PG Cert (60 credits) or PG Dip (120 credits); depending on the number of credits achieved.

Phase two is studied over a minimum of two years, and builds on content from phase one. There may be opportunities to exit the course during phase two with Health Science Research MSc.

Academic expertise

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, recognising professional doctorates as the preferred mode of doctoral study for senior practitioners who wish to remain at the forefront of clinical practice.

Fees and funding

Fees below are for 2013 / 2014

Full-time N/A
Part Time
Phase 1 15 credits
Phase 1 120 credits
Phase 2 Independent Research
Full-time £12,200


As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

How to apply

UKPASS is the postgraduate equivalent of UCAS and gives you a simple and efficient way to apply online. It allows you to search for a course and guides you through the application process. Using UKPASS you can apply for up to ten courses for free.

You can create your application in your own time, so you can consider, research and complete each section at your own speed. You can track your applications as they progress, and can also receive and reply to offers online. Apply online with UKPASS|

You will need to attach qualification transcripts, references and evidence of English language (if you are an overseas student) with your UKPass application. If these documents are not attached to your original application, this will delay the process of your application.

International students can also apply directly to DMU using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070

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