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Clinical Doctoral Programme University of Stirling



Course info


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.

Course objectives

Our Clinical Doctorate course aims to develop you as a clinically focussed senior Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional and put you at the cutting edge of clinical research and practice in your field. Working autonomously, you’ll be able to design and execute research that deals with problems and issues in practice, as well as applying integrated approaches to the evaluation of new and complex ideas and information.

The course is designed to help you:

  • tackle complex ideas and challenge established modes of thinking
  • develop research and scholarship skills harnessed imaginatively to the field of clinical practice
  • prepare to be at the cutting edge of clinical and research practice for your area of expertise
  • become familiar with leading-edge research and enhance your ability to redesign the clinical environment and understanding of the research process.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Clinical Doctoral Programme.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£28,500.00 (24,55,452) overall cost




Stirling Campus

University of Stirling,



FK9 4LA, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

•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. • Selection follows consideration of written application and statement. 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 Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component; IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

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