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Professional Doctorate Social Care Education

Professional Doctorate Social Care Education

Different course options

Study mode

Part time

Duration

6 years

Start date

06-OCT-22

Key information
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Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

Caring Skills Social Work

Course type

Research

Course Summary

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 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year, if required). 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 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.

Modules

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 you to embark more confidently and creatively on your own dissertations, as well as helping you to engage more critically with the research of others.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

3,500

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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

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 master’s qualification (or equivalent). Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation.

University information

The University of Essex is a hub of innovation and stereotype-breaking success. It offers students a fantastic academic experience, and a fresh way of thinking about some of the key challenges faced by society today. The university delivers an impressive selection of postgraduate courses at a number of levels, including master’s programmes, doctoral degrees, research positions and short courses for continued professional development. The...more

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