Taught course

Clinical Doctorates

University of Stirling · Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

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Entry requirements

  • Candidates should normally hold a Masters degree and/or a good Honours degree or equivalent from a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling.
  • UK candidates should hold an appropriate nursing, midwifery or allied health professional qualification and registration.
  • International candidates should hold an appropriate nursing, midwifery or allied health professional qualification and be able to provide evidence of the governance of their professional standards and professional registration (where it exists).
  • Candidates should normally have at least five years post-registration/qualification experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Clinical Doctorate is the only one of its kind in Scotland, tailored to the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. The course is practice-focused and has been designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the healthcare sector.

If you’re passionate about improving patient care, whilst retaining a clinical focus, this course is designed for you. You’ll join professionals from a range of disciplines for on-campus and online study, benefitting not only from the extensive knowledge of the Clinical Doctorate team, but also from each other’s experiences. As a qualified Doctor of Nursing, Midwifery or Professional Health Studies you’ll have the highest level of academic qualification available within your specialism – placing you at the forefront of your profession as a recognised, highly employable expert.

Healthcare professionals on the course could include: nurses, midwives, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, speech and language therapists, podiatrists, sport psychologists and genetic counsellors.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

· IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill

· Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with minimum of 169 in each skill

· Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 169 in each skill

· Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component

· IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

More information on our English language requirements

Fees and funding

Please consult our website for up-to-date information on course fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Kathleen Stoddart
+44 (0) 1786 466 337