Taught course

Doctoral Foundation - Single module

University of Salford · College of Health and Social Care

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

Months of entry


Course content

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 theProfessional Doctorate (Health and Social Care)

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

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

Fees and Funding

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: www.cpd-applynw.nhs.uk

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Module
    part time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Single module - 30 credits.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

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