Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, the length of time taken to complete your research degree is dependent upon the programme on which you are registered.
We offer a number of different research degrees meaning that your yearly timetable is agreed on an individual basis with your supervisor at the start of your programme of study.
Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, our professional doctorates can be studied flexibly between four and seven years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on your individual need and funded support.
Each programme comprises three elements of taught modules, work-based learning and original research through doctoral-level dissertation.
For your taught modules, you complete a research methods module to underpin your subsequent research work. You will be guided in selecting further module/s to meet identified deficits within your knowledge base but, in your first year, you complete Research Methods, an online learning module. You also attend occasional (approximately six) professional doctorate study days at our Colchester Campus, which provide face-to-face support for your research methods module, offer research workshops and provide portfolio development sessions. In your second year, you are required to attend weekly taught sessions. You undertake our module Theory and Method in Health Research and then you can choose between Statistical Analysis and Qualitative Research Methods, depending on your research focus.
For your work-based learning, you will create two portfolios of learning chronicling the development of expert practice. These portfolios are constructed from the specialist application of generic outcomes in areas such as risk and diagnostic reasoning. Your portfolios are submitted at the end of your first and second years.For your original research through doctoral-level dissertation you undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your area of practice.
You can apply until:
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Within our multidisciplinary School of Health and Human Sciences, we offer research supervision in the following fields:- analysis of large scale surveys;
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Potential research students are welcome to make preliminary enquiries directly to a potential supervisor within our School of Health and Human Sciences or, more generally, through our Graduate Administrator. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.
For a professional doctorate within our School of Health and Human Sciences, you must be currently registered with a regulatory body, where appropriate, and in current employment in management, practice or education, as appropriate. You must have a Masters qualification (or equivalent) and have been employed in a senior position within a health or social care oriented organisation.If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
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