Research course

Doctorate in Clinical Practice (Health Sciences)

University of Southampton · Faculty of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and/or an MSc in a health-related subject; health professional qualification; minimum of three years’ relevant clinical/professional practice.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is suitable for those who are experienced health and social care practitioners and wish to pursue high-level careers in clinical practice, and to lead innovative, evidence-based practice.

From day one of this inter-professional doctorate in Clinical Practice, you will be working alongside research supervisors who will give you the skills and experience to succeed. Ultimately, this course will equip you with the applied skills and knowledge for high-level leadership and strategic healthcare roles anywhere in the world. The course comprises both a modular taught component and a major piece of clinically focused research leading to submission of a thesis and a viva. This programme is run in conjunction with the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), which has a world-class reputation for using technology to improve quality of life.

Core modules:

  • Designing, Implementing and Communication Research;
  • Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making;
  • Governance in Action;
  • Leading Innovative Services for Quality Improvement - Health Outcomes/Experience;
  • People, Politics, Practice: Contextualising Health Care Research;
  • Research Thesis Practice;
  • Designing and Implementing Research;
  • Governance in Action;
  • Leading Service Development.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

Health Sciences
+44 (0) 23 8059 5500