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Professional Doctorate - Health And Social Sciences

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- As you choose the focus of your learning within your own professional arena, this course is highly relevant and flexible to your particular context.
- The aim of the course is to help you to develop expertise professionally, personally, and in research skills, enabling you to take forward your profession.
- This course will give you an internationally recognised high level of qualification.

This course is for experienced professionals working in health and social sciences. It enables the development of high level skills in the application of research, communication, leadership and consultancy in practice. The professional doctorate is designed to produce professionals who are competent and confident in using their skills to tackle emergent problems in their professional practice, and to develop practice to meet the demands of 21st century health and social care.

EXIT AWARDS: Doctor of Health Sciences (D Health Sc) or Doctor of Social Sciences (D Soc Sci)
or Doctor of Health and Social Sciences (D Health Soc Sci)
All awards 540 credits (120 credits at level 11 plus 420 at level 12)

Delivery: Initially attendance at QMU followed mainly by individual learning

Duration: Full-time: 2 - 3 years; Part-time:5 - 6 years

Start date: September

Application deadline: None

Teaching, learning and assessment: Your learning is achieved through the use of individualised learning plans that allow you to identify and address a work-based project of significance to your professional practice. This project is normally undertaken prior to the doctoral research and thesis modules and you must have access to an appropriate professional work context. Your learning is facilitated through a mix of seminar presentations
and workshops. At this level, the term "teaching" is inappropriate as students are independent learners who direct the focus of their studies. Web-based tools (Blackboard and E-Portfolio) are used to
facilitate discussion groups online and as a specific learning framework. Summative and formative assessment and discussions maximise opportunities for problem solving, analysis and synthesis of material, project planning and implementation, construction of written reports, reflection and reflective analysis and assimilation and presentation of evidence. Assessment strategies are designed to ensure rigour of academic thinking and to promote the achievement of your personal and professional goals, augmenting individuals’ experiences and expertise. Normally a cohort of six students commences
annually. This cohort approach supports doctoral level development, pertinent both to your individual practice and to the wider professional arena.

Teaching hours and attendance: You will attend QMU for three, one week blocks of study in September, January and April. Further to this, you will meet with your Director of Studies at least once a semester, but more often monthly, and you will require to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Part-time students should consider carefully how they will achieve this while undertaking their work role.

Links with industry/professional bodies: This is a high-level academic award, extremely relevant to the professional arenas within health and social sciences. Doctoral graduates are in a position to pioneer and transform professional developments. In addition, any work-related project is carried out in conjunction with the student’s workplace, ensuring partnership working with all involved, and communication with peers, professional colleagues and policy makers.

You should have a postgraduate diploma or masters qualification, which includes research methods, and strong evidence of personal and professional development. Candidates should normally have at least two years of post qualification experience, and show evidence of development in an area of expert practice, and /or management and leadership skills. There will be an interview process.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Home/EU - full-time: £4500 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £2300

International - full-time: £11000 per year

International - part-time: £5500

Fees information: Plus, Exam fee (£230) and Continuation fee (£500)

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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90 credits: Advancing Professional Practice A (APP A)/ Advancing Professional Practice B (APP B)

60 credits: Doctorate Research in Health and Social Science (60 credits)

You will also complete a thesis (180 credits).

Students enter with ‘advanced standing’, possessing 120 credits from a postgraduate diploma/masters award.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Graduates will already be well established in a health or social science discipline, but will now have high levels of knowledge and investigative and research skills, which advance practice in professional spheres. The qualification offers you recognition of your expertise and professional standing acknowledged worldwide.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Dr Lindesay Irvine
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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