University Launches Health and Social Care Doctorate Programme

The Institute for Health and Welfare Research (IHWR) has launched a new doctorate programme that is suited to a range of professions across the health and social care sectors.

Dr Rachel KnottThe Institute’s graduate school has received full approval and external validation for the Doctorate of Professional Practice which has already started taking applications for its October 2011 intake.    

The Doctorate of Professional Practice is a five year part-time course that will lead to a qualification that is directly equivalent to a PhD. It has been designed to be fully integrated within a number of professions including social work, pharmacy, forensic and biomedical sciences, nursing and midwifery, radiography, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.  

The programme, which will fit around full-time work commitments, will equip students with first class research skills that will allow them to significantly contribute to their chosen career.

The first two years will be delivered as taught elements over four modules, with the remaining three years comprised of an individual research project. Throughout the programme, students will have access to the IHWR’s dynamic and multi-disciplinary research environment and resources.

Dr Rachel Knott is the course leader of the new programme. She said: “The doctorate is equivalent to a PhD with the difference being that the work is contextualised within the respective professions.  The course module assessments have been designed to maximise engagement of the taught topics with the professional practice experiences that students bring with them.  

“The practical nature of the course will not only help to integrate the students’ learning experience, but will also ensure that employers assessing doctoral graduates will be able to take account of the students’ work-based activities.”   

For further information about the doctorate course, contact Dr Knott on

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Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
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