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Doctoral Foundation - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September


One Semester, intake September

In Brief:

  • 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
  • A part-time only course

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..

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

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.


This module 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%


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.

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.

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