Clinical Doctorates

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Study towards a doctorate degree in nursing, midwifery or professional health studies on the only course of its kind in Scotland.

Clinical Doctorates

Key facts

  • Award Doctorate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration Doctorate full-time: 36 months, Doctorate part-time: 48 to 96 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Our Clinical Doctorate is the only one of its kind in Scotland, tailored to the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals – UK wide and internationally. The course is practice-focused and has been designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the healthcare sector.

If you’re passionate about improving patient care, whilst retaining a clinical focus, this course is designed for you. You’ll join professionals from a range of disciplines for on-campus and online study, benefitting not only from the extensive knowledge of the Clinical Doctorate team, but also from each other’s experiences. As a qualified Doctor of Nursing, Midwifery or Professional Health Studies you’ll have the highest level of academic qualification available within your specialism – placing you at the forefront of your profession as a recognised, highly employable clinical academic expert.

Healthcare professionals on the course could include: nurses, midwives, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, speech and language therapists, podiatrists, sport psychologists and genetic counsellors.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

Our Clinical Doctorate course aims to develop you as a clinically focussed senior Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional and put you at the cutting edge of clinical research and practice in your field. Working autonomously, you’ll be able to design and execute research that deals with problems and issues in practice, as well as applying integrated approaches to the evaluation of new and complex ideas and information.

The course is designed to help you:

  • tackle complex ideas and challenge established modes of thinking
  • develop research and scholarship skills harnessed imaginatively to the field of clinical practice
  • prepare to be at the cutting edge of clinical and research practice for your area of expertise
  • become familiar with leading-edge research and enhance your ability to redesign the clinical environment and understanding of the research process

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Our research is world-class and is recognised for its quality and innovation. Highlights from the most Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) analysis include:

  • our Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked first in Scotland for research, and in the UK’s top 15
  • our research environment was ranked joint 1st in the UK
  • nearly 90% of our peer-reviewed research papers were rated as being of international significance

This course is also closely affiliated with the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit – a highly regarded research body whose expertise feeds into our Clinical Doctorate course.

What our students said

Karn Cliffe
Karn Cliffe
Republic of Ireland
Doctor of Midwifery
I appreciated the relaxed and supportive atmosphere in class from lecturers and classmates.
Read Karn's story

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