De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Health Science

The doctorate is a research degree culminating in an independent research study examined at doctoral level; this course enables senior practitioners to further enhance their careers in the areas of research, management, and education; clinical practitioners holding the award are equipped with the highest level of research skills and can apply research to their own practice; it enables senior practitioners to enhance knowledge and understanding of the practice discipline and to be at the forefront of policy making for the future benefit of patients and clients; the course has been developed with senior practitioners across all health trusts and has the support of the Healthcare Workforce Deanery, who, along with the Department of Health, recognise professional doctorates as the preferred mode of doctoral study for senior practitioners who wish to remain at the forefront of clinical practice.

Entry requirements

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or equivalent; senior level in clinical practice; applicants are invited to attend an interview day as part of the application process.

Course modules

Research designs in health; research dilemmas and strategies; making sense of quantitative and qualitative data; research into practice; independent research study leading to a thesis of 50,000 words.

Assessment methods

Assessment in phase 1 is via a number of different methods including assignments and presentations, phase 2 is the thesis and oral exam.

Sponsorship information

There are a number of funded places available through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery for those working in the local NHS.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
DHSci Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Campus Leicester LE1 9BH East Midlands

Key information

DMU Enquiries
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