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Professional Doctorate Social Care Education

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    Professional Doctorate

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    06-OCT-22

  • Duration

    6 years

Course summary

A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation. The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment. Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare. Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others: Analysis of large scale surveys Children with special educational needs Consumerism and consumption in health care Cross-cultural mental health Educational psychology Health-related social movements Health-related stigma Health services research Housing and health How life events and conditions influence health Interpretative policy analysis of health care The third sector and health care provision Political economy of health care Professional/clinical education and practice Qualitative methods Social epidemiology and health inequalities Social inequality and health Social issues around health and the intersection of theories of delinquency and health Social organisation of health care Sociology of happiness and wellbeing Sociology of health and illness Understanding and application of research in health settings You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages. At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,050per year

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University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    27th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    61st out of 79 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    122 71%

    42nd

    17
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    38th

    6

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