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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.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus.
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.
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill).
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. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
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.
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.
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.
Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s exit points are available.
In Semester 1 you will take:
In Semester 2 you will take:
In Semester 3 you will take:
In Semester 4 you will take:
In Semester 5 onwards you will take:
Part-time and Full-time routes of study are available
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 20 percent of Nursing, Midwifery and Health’s research was described as ‘World-leading’ and a further 65 percent as of ‘International Signiﬁcance’, placing us ﬁrmly as the leading nursing and midwifery department in Scotland and one of the top ten in the UK.
The core Doctorate team includes:
Dr Kathleen Stoddart; Dr Carol Bugge and Dr Annetta Smith.
Far-reaching clinical expertise feeds into the programme and into student supervision.
Keynote contributions are made to the clinical doctorate programme by UK and International academics.
94% of Stirling students are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.