Clinical Doctorates

University of Stirling

Program Description

Clinical Doctorates

University of Stirling

Clinical Doctorates

Study towards a:

  • Doctor of Midwifery
  • Doctor of Nursing
  • Doctor of Professional Health Studies (Dietetics; Genetic Counselling; Occupational Therapy; Paramedicine; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Radiography, Speech & Language Therapy)

The clinical doctorate programme is designed for experienced clinicians determined to contribute to their field of practice. It is the ideal qualification for those who retain a clinical focus with commitment to the improvement and advancement of evidence-based care.

Structure and content

The programme is designed to challenge and change the way you think. Throughout the programme, your endeavours focus on your own field of practice. You can expect to make a significant difference to your clinical environment right from the very start.

The programme can be studied over three years full-time or, more commonly, over four and eight years on a part-time basis. It consists of three taught modules, an expert practice module and an empirical thesis. Taught components are clustered into two three-day sessions over the first three semesters.

Each taught module is studied over one semester.

  • The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas, findings and methods – taken from across the spectrum of academic research and harnessed imaginatively to your field of practice.
  • The second module builds on the first but looks at clinically-applied problem solving to design evidence into fields of practice and organisations. The potential of the research and its impact is part of that design process.
  • In the third module we work together to promote a generic knowledge of research methods whilst keeping the clinical relevance of your research in our sights at all times. You also start to more fully develop your research ideas.
  • The fourth module is about assessment of your expert practice including its currency and engagement with others. You are also supported to develop your research proposal further.

Following two years of taught modules, you progress to the empirical research stage and ultimately construct a thesis on a topic that will enhance the knowledge base in your field of practice.

Delivery and assessment

Assessment includes coursework, expert practice examination and the thesis itself. Two active researchers supervise your research project and the programme is supported by face-to-face contact, video-conferencing, email and internet facilities. On-campus attendance is kept to a minimum.

Academic requirements

Candidates should normally hold a good Honours degree and/or a Master’s degree or equivalent of a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling; hold an appropriate nursing, midwifery or allied health professional registration; have at least five years’ post-registration experience. Selection follows consideration of written application and statement.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
3 - 8 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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