Occupational Therapy, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 84 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15450
    Tuition (Year)
    3100
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #301 ,
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.

About

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.

Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. 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 own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 84 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

  • Analysis of large scale surveys
  • Approaches to pain management
  • Consumerism and consumption in health care
  • Health-related social movements
  • Health-related stigma
  • Health services research
  • Housing and health
  • How life events and conditions influence health
  • Interpretative policy analysis of health care
  • The third sector and health care provision
  • Political economy of health care
  • Professional/clinical education and practice
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
  • Service evaluation and development
  • Social epidemiology and health inequalities
  • Social inequality and health
  • Social organisation of health care
  • Understanding and application of research in health settings

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Whether you are a Home/EU or Overseas applicant, the entry requirements are the same:

  • Current registration with a UK regulatory body where appropriate
  • Current employment in management, practice or education as appropriate
  • A Masters qualification (or equivalent)
  • Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15450 International
  • GBP 3100 EU/EEA

Funding

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