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