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Postgraduate Research Course

Professional Doctorate Health Care Education

Professional Doctorate Health Care Education

Overview

The details
Health Care Education
October 2021
Part-time
7 years
Colchester Campus

A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

  • Analysis of large scale surveys
  • Clinical decision making
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Consumerism and consumption in health care
  • Educational psychology
  • Health-related social movements
  • Health services research
  • Interpretative policy analysis of health care
  • The third sector and health care provision
  • Political economy of health care
  • Professional/clinical education and practice
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
  • Service evaluation and development
  • Social inequality and health
  • Social organisation of health care
  • Understanding and application of research in health settings

You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

Why we're great.
  • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
  • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
  • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our School of Health and Social Care has an excellent reputation for research and teaching.

Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having multi-professional staff with both clinical and academic expertise; our staff include sociologists and social policy and management specialists as well as clinically qualified lecturers in adult and mental health nursing, oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, social work and sports therapy.

A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) organisations and other local agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

We have at our heart a commitment to making a difference to local, national and international health, social care and voluntary services through education, research and knowledge transfer. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

Specialist facilities

You are encouraged to take advantage of the research seminars held within our School where you can present your research to other staff and students, discussing your work within a supportive environment

Our Proficio professional development scheme provides you with unique opportunities to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and expand your subject knowledge

Your future

We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Our Professional Doctorates are only open to UK applicants(except for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).

  • You need to be registered with a UK regulatory body (where appropriate)
  • You should also be currently employed in management, practice or education, or in a senior position in a health or social care organisation, and possess a Masters qualification (or equivalent)
  • A Masters qualification (or equivalent)
  • Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation
    To make a full application, you will need to:
  • complete the University's online application form
  • provide two academic references
  • provide academic transcripts/certificates
  • provide a language certificate (if relevant)
  • provide a 500 word personal statement
  • attach a 300-word description of:
  • your clinical practice (for clinical programmes)
  • Your managerial responsibilities (for management programmes)

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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Structure

Example structure

You can study our Professional Doctorates flexibly between four and seven years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on individual need, professional commitments and funded support.

Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.

Postgraduate Research Methods

To scrutinise the knowledge that informs evidence based practice, health and social care professionals need to be critical thinkers who are research-literate. This module explores the different ways that health and social research is carried out, with a focus on critical appraisal, research design, data collection and analysis. The module covers qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. This learning enables students to embark more confidently and creatively on their own dissertations, as well as helping them to engage more critically with the research of others.

View Postgraduate Research Methods on our Module Directory

Professional Portfolio 1

Your portfolio is central to the professional doctorate. We will support you and offer guidance through supervision. This 6000 word portfolio will be in the context of your workplace and will clearly show that you function within it at an expert level.

View Professional Portfolio 1 on our Module Directory

Professional Portfolio 2

The Professional Portfolio is a compulsory module within the Professional Doctorate in Health & Social Care programme. The module is taught over a period of a year. Student’s engage in facilitated learning and reflection on current problems within their workplace. Reflective models are taught, critically considered and applied to real world problems within practice. Over the course of the year the student build a tool kit which will enable him/her to revisit problems and identify solutions.

View Professional Portfolio 2 on our Module Directory

Theory and Method in Health Research

This module examines major perspectives in social science disciplines as they are applied to health and clinical research. Research in health and healthcare needs to evaluate and account for scientific and social scientific information produced by a wide range of methods. In this module, an in-depth understanding of research methodology is facilitated through studying the philosophical foundations of methods. Furthermore, an understanding of the links between theory and method, at different levels, is also necessary for research at postgraduate level. This module therefore additionally examines some of the philosophical foundations of health-related social research and (to a lesser extent) places the origins and development of these philosophical foundations in their historical and socio-political contexts. A range of philosophical, theoretical and applied texts are examined during the course of the module.

View Theory and Method in Health Research on our Module Directory

Health and Social Care - Research

You undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice.Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help you to select a topic for your dissertation and provide guidance on writing up your research.

View Health and Social Care - Research on our Module Directory

Health and Social Care - Research

You undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice.Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help you to select a topic for your dissertation and provide guidance on writing up your research.

View Health and Social Care - Research on our Module Directory

Health and Social Care - Research

You undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice.Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help you to select a topic for your dissertation and provide guidance on writing up your research.

View Health and Social Care - Research on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Taught modules underpin your research activities and meet identified deficits within your knowledge base
  • Create two portfolios of learning chronicling the development of expert practice
  • Portfolios are constructed from the specialist application of generic outcomes in areas such as risk and diagnostic reasoning
  • Portfolios are submitted at the end of year one and year two

Dissertation

  • Undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

TBC

International fee

£16,230

EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, graduate employability, student support and more
  • talk to our Fees and Funding team about scholarship opportunities
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We will also need you to provide evidence of:

  • Current registration with a UK regulatory body where appropriate
  • Current employment in management, practice or education as appropriate
  • Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation

We encourage you to make a preliminary enquiry directly to a potential supervisor or the Graduate Administrator within your chosen Department or School. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.

We aim to respond to applications within four weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

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