- An Upper Second or First Class Honours Degree from a UK or overseas recognised institution and/or relevant Postgraduate study.
- Must be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK or equivalent registration within their residing country.
- Must have a minimum of three years post-qualification / registration experience.
- If English is not the first language, must have completed the British Council’s IELTS achieving an overall score of level 6.5/ 7 or above in line with the University PG regulations. The NMC requires an overall IELTS score of 7.
- APL will only be considered for students who have graduated previously with an MPhil or MRes degree with a relevant health care focus. The students will gain entry into the programme at the level 8 stage.
- a 2000 word proposal must be submitted to : firstname.lastname@example.org - further details are available at: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/nursing/research/professional-doctorate-in-nursing/
Months of entry
The main aim of the Professional Doctorate in Nursing (DNurs) is to help professionals to manage their own learning in order to promote high levels of critical understanding and professional application. The DNurs has been designed to offer the opportunity to study nursing theory and practice and develop research skills in order to carry out doctoral level research.
The programme is for qualified nurses who are working within clinical practice and wanting to explore practice in greater depth and through the application of research knowledge and skills. It offers the opportunity to explore nursing theory and research methodologies through a programme of taught modules, which will provide a basis for the final thesis. The thesis gives the opportunity to research a specific issue of professional concern in depth, and to demonstrate a new contribution to nursing knowledge. During the programme the students will become independent, critically reflective and competent researchers.
The distinctive aim of the DNurs is to promote critical self-reflection and knowledge acquisition secured through a sequence of structured learning which provides taught, supervised and cohort-based experiences. The research issues will emerge from nursing practice through the critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research. Thus, it relates to the professional context and involves critical reflection on the development of the profession. To this end the programme requires students’ exploration and challenge of theory related and relevant to nursing and practice, and is concerned with the synergy between professional practice, intellectual endeavour and leadership.
Significantly, the DNurs provides a ‘cohort-based’ doctorate, and an opportunity to develop a strong researcher-practitioner community. The expectation is that the cohort based approach will provide strong peer support for students while they are undertaking their doctoral journey. It is anticipated that the identification of research questions will emerge from nursing practice through the critical review of practice and systematic application of appropriate theories and research. It relates to the professional context and involves critical reflection on the development of the profession. To this end it requires exploration and challenge of theory that is relevant to nursing and practice, and is concerned with the synergy between professional practice, intellectual endeavour and leadership.
In summary, this professional doctorate programme aims to provide a deeper knowledge, understanding and awareness of nursing. It will provide opportunities; to study the methodology and methods of health care research, especially nursing research, and ensure the development of research skills. The programme aims to develop and produce independent, reflective, and competent researchers by providing the opportunity (through thesis completion) to undertake professionally relevant research which creates new knowledge and contributes to professional knowledge in nursing.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) score
REF 2014 UoA3* 98% of research internationally recognised, with 82% of research being world leading or internationally excellent 90% of impact rated world leading or internationally excellent 80% more 4* and over double the percentage of 3* research compared to 2008
Qualification and course duration
Doctorate in Nursing - DNurs
Course contact details
- Research Administrator
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