Doctoral Foundation - Single module
Level 7 (30 credits)

NHS Funding available
Part-time study available

3 good reasons to study Doctoral Foundation - Single module at Salford


Explore critical thinking, listening and appraisal at doctoral level


Explore and reflect on research methodologies and their application in the professional context


Delivered by staff who are experts in their field

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of the Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care)

This module is a taster to doctoral work and full peer and academic support is offered in a safe environment. Help is also offered with research proposal writing. Those who have completed this module can progress to our full five year Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care) programme. 

This module will explore:

  • Introduction of module: the politics of education, the importance of co-operation
  • Theory and styles of learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Identifying strengths and learning needs
  • Expectations at doctoral level; critical thinking; critical listening; critical appraisal; originality and creativity for example
  • Introduction to the politics of research
  • Introduction to research methodologies
  • Participation and empowerment in research, reaching out to excluded groups
  • Applying theory to practice
  • Social divisions and ethics
  • Reading and reviewing journal articles
  • Presentation skills

Entry Requirements

An honours degree and/or Masters degree and relevant professional experience.

Supporting Information and Personal statement if you are applying through NHS North West CPD-Apply

Supporting information:

You should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 6/7.

Personal statement:

Please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

A wide range of professionals including those in senior health or social care management, strategy, practice, specialist, consultant and educator roles.

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It is delivered using our virtual learning environment, podcasts, peer learning and mini-lectures.


  • Review research paper 2,500 words 50%
  • Critical reflection on the review process 2,500 50%

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Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have the necessary critical thinking, listening and appraisal skills to go onto further study at doctoral level.

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Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.

North West SHA-SLA funded applications

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system:

Self funded applications

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.