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Professional Doctorates (EdD/DHSC)

Open University

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  • Qualification

    DHC - Doctorate in Healthcare

  • Location

    Open University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    OCT-21, FEB-22, APR-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

What is a Professional Doctorate DHSC/EdD?

Professional doctorates are work-based programmes and studied part time. They offer you the chance to enhance your professional career to doctoral level enabling you to make a unique contribution to your profession or area of practice, while continuing to work and progress in your field.

Professional doctorates aim to equip practitioners with the research skills, expertise and confidence to advance their practice and become champions of change within their areas of professional practice. The programmes promote the creation and interpretation of new professional knowledge and practice, resolving or reframing a professional dilemma, or contributing to the development of new ideas, methods or approaches.

What will I get from a Professional Doctorate?

You will acquire skills in research and enquiry and be able to use these to carry out research that will contribute to professional knowledge and practice. Our doctoral training programme will help you develop transferrable skills that will be invaluable throughout your career.

Successful candidates are awarded a doctorate and are entitled to use the title 'Dr' (Doctor in Education or Doctor in Health and Social Care).

The OU was established in 1969 as a publicly funded institution with the power to award degrees under the Royal Charter. Although the OU is most widely known for its part-time distance taught courses and degrees, it also has a long standing postgraduate research degree programme. The research degrees awarded by the OU are internationally recognised as comparable to those awarded by all other UK universities. It is, however, your responsibility to ensure the qualification is fully recognised if you are in a context outside of the UK.

Assessment

You will complete two formative assessments in both year 1 and year 2 of the programme and will receive feedback from your main supervisor. In addition, there is a summative assessment at the end of year 1 and year 2. The year 2 summative assignment will be the end of the first stage of your studies. You must pass each summative assessment before you can progress to the next stage of your studies.

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University information

Open University

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    Open University, Student Recruitment Team, PO Box 197, Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ, England

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