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Healthcare Science Professional Doctorate

Healthcare Science Professional Doctorate

Different course options

Online/Distance | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 3 years | 26-SEP-22

Study mode

Online/Distance

Duration

3 years

Start date

26-SEP-22

Key information
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Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type

Research

Course Summary

The Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Science enables you to enhance your practice through research, innovation and leadership. By integrating your professional expertise with research-led enquiry, you’ll push the boundaries of your discipline and contribute to the latest evidence-based practice.

Healthcare science thrives on innovation and discovery, and this Professional Doctorate will give you the opportunity to develop research and lead change.

The programme will provide a unique opportunity for you, to combine your expertise and academic endeavour to explore practical real-world issues in your chosen field through a bespoke framework of research training. The programme structure allows for inter-professional work and study which is an indicator of high-quality innovative programmes. The combination of research expertise and experience of research supervision across the academics that form the course delivery team, strengthens the programme both emulating and modelling the best inter-disciplinary professional practice.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Professional Doctorate Healthcare Science.

Part-time study

You can choose to study the course part-time over three years if you enter the programme at Level 7. In this case you are expected to complete 180 credits at Level 7 in the first two years of the programme. This will then follow by completing 360 credits at Level 8 over the remaining 3 years.

If you enter the programme at Level 8, the whole duration is 3 years.

Blended learning

You can choose to study the course full-time over three years if you enter the programme at Level 7. In this case you are expected to complete 180 credits at Level 7 in the first year of the programme. This will then follow by completing 360 credits at Level 8 over the remaining 2 years.

If you enter the programme at Level 8, the whole duration is 2 years.

Careers

The course is aimed at clinical and healthcare professionals who are seeking to develop leadership skills in their chosen area. It is also suitable for those who are looking to refocus or change their career path.

The course can also provide the graduate with necessary skill sets to pursue an academic or research career in the healthcare sciences or related fields.

The programme is vocationally focused award and adapted to address the needs of a broad range of clinical practitioners including physicians, surgeons, and related healthcare professionals and scientists such as those working in life science industries e.g. biomedical and clinical sciences, biologics, bio-pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and companion diagnostics, clinical trials, medical devices, process transfer technologies and contract research organisations. Other related areas will be assessed on application but may include bioanalytical and forensic services.

The programme is also suited for Allied Health Professionals such as: Physiotherapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists, Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Sports Therapists, Sports and Exercise Scientists and Strength and Condition instructors/ coaches together with Physical Activity Scientists. Professionals within Clinical Bioinformatics, Physical Sciences and biomedical Technology and Physiological Sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Modules

This module has been designed to enable you to undertake an in-depth critical analysis of research ethics and governance currently used in a variety of clinical research settings. In addition to standard approaches and issues, there are several contemporary issues of governance in clinical/ biomedical research. This is complicated not only by inter and multidisciplinarity of researchers but also by evolving socio cultural issues. These issues include the research-care distinction, risk evaluation in research trials, handling of risks, handling of incidental findings and publication bias. The debate and discussions within this module will introduce you to the usage of new technologies and novel research designs. In addition, you will discuss known governance challenges, along with ethical analysis and complex moral choices. In practical terms this module will provide an overview of the existing regulatory landscape for clinical research and how these regulations and ethical frameworks are developed and work. You will learn how to design an ethical informed consent. Within this module you will understand that research ethics is not just about writing guidelines that professionals have to follow but about the practice through discourse and regulatory frameworks. You will understand that ethics review is not an application of bureaucracy and a burden for researchers but an arena where researchers discuss their projects, receive advice and practice their ethics skills. Clinical applications and research have been kept separate, but the blurring lines challenges existing regulations and ethical frameworks. Additionally, you gain knowledge about the patient and public engagement in relation to its importance in research governance and ethics. This module is aimed at providing space for contextualized reflections on clinical and/or biomedical research with a focus on appropriate research design, conduct of research, regulation and data storage and applying for funding.
Critical Appraisal and Translational Research (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

6,300

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

6,300

Entry requirements

To enter the Programme at Level 7, you’ll normally need an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree or equivalent in a related field/discipline. However, if you don’t meet this requirement, prior related experience will be considered. For the modules at Level 7 there is a provision for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To enter the Programme at Level 8, you’ll normally need a postgraduate (Master’s) degree or equivalent in a related field/discipline. However, if you don’t meet this requirement, prior related experience will be considered.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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