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Clinical Studies

3 Years
September 2022
Blended Learning

Our doctorate qualification in Clinical Studies is designed to empower healthcare practitioners to drive change and innovation in their workplace by applying cutting-edge research to real-life practice.

This qualification is an ideal professional development opportunity if you’re a current healthcare practitioner. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge required to undertake research in a clinical practice setting, exploring current research techniques and advancing your own understanding of leading theories in clinical practice and how these can be applied in real world settings.

The NHS Five Year Forward View aspires to enhance the skills of its entire workforce. This doctorate qualification will empower members of clinical staff who have graduated from the course to create solutions, drive change, innovate and make a difference within their workplace by synthesising cutting-edge ideas, concepts and approaches.

As the course progresses you’ll develop a substantial research project aimed at building knowledge and improving practice in the clinical sector.

Why study with us

  • This course forms a bridge between theoretical research paradigms and real-life experience from the workplace.
  • This course is delivered flexibly through blended learning, including interactive online learning sessions, so you can combine your studies with your professional commitments.
  • You will be supported by academics and clinicians who have a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector.

What you'll do

  • You’ll participate in a programme symposium which will enable practice in skills of presentation, focussed discussion of your topic and interaction with other students.
  • You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to carry out research in a clinical practice setting by analysing and critiquing the philosophical dimensions of research methodology.
  • You’ll cover current research techniques, enabling you to develop and advance your understanding of clinical practice theories and concepts in real world settings.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise


  • The centre is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, a professional membership organisation and registered charity which exists to advance patient care.

Future careers

This doctorate qualification will empower you to deliver change and innovation with your practice environment and advance your career.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£4800 per year
Part-time£2725 per year
Full-time£5450 per year
Full-time£5450 per year
Full-time£4600 per year
Part-time£2300 per year
Final year writing-up (first 6 months)£750
Final year writing-up (second 6 months)£1550
Full-timeTo be confirmed per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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