Taught course

Clinical Doctorates

University of Stirling · Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
PGDipMScPhD by taught

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally hold a good Honours degree and/or a Master’s degree or equivalent of a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling; hold an appropriate nursing, midwifery or allied health professional registration; have at least five years’ post-registration experience. Selection follows consideration of written application and interview.

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, of all varieties. The programme is practice-focused and has been designed to prepare future leaders of practice, education and leadership. Students will join other professionals from a range of disciplines for on-campus and online study, to benefit not only from the extensive knowledge delivered by the Clinical Doctorate team, but from each others experiences and expertise.
The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is well placed to deliver a clinically focused programme such as this. We are a multi-award winning institution, led by a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, real nursing experience and a wealth of world-class publications.
The ‘Clinical Doctorate’ programme is designed for experienced clinicians who wish to attain the highest goal of becoming ‘clinical academic’. This is the ideal qualification for those who retain a clinical focus with commitment to the improvement of patient care.
Health care professionals on the Programme may include: nurses; midwives; dieticians; genetic counsellors; occupational therapists; paramedicine; physiotherapists; speech and language therapists; sport and exercise psychologists and podiatrists.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
18 months


part time
24 months

PhD by taught

part time
48-72 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice20
Dissertation50 (40000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Kathleen Stoddart
+44 (0) 1786 466 337