With its research focus on professional practice, the professional doctorate is a part-taught, doctoral-level award, equivalent to the traditional PhD or DPhil, and this programme will help nurses who remain within the clinical arena to develop knowledge and skills related to research methods and methodologies. The aim of the Professional Doctorate in Nursing (DNurs) is to help professionals to manage their own learning in order to promote high levels of critical understanding and professional application. The DNurs has been designed to offer the opportunity to study nursing theory and practice and develop research skills in order to carry out doctoral level research. The programme is for qualified nurses who are working within clinical practice and wanting to explore practice in greater depth and through the application of research knowledge and skills. It offers the opportunity to explore nursing theory and research methodologies through a programme of taught modules, which will provide a basis for the final thesis. The thesis gives the opportunity to research a specific issue of professional concern in depth, and to demonstrate a new contribution to nursing knowledge. During the programme the students will become independent, critically reflective and competent researchers. In summary, this professional doctorate programme aims to provide a deeper knowledge, understanding and awareness of nursing. It will provide opportunities; to study the methodology and methods of health care research, especially nursing research, and ensure the development of research skills. The programme aims to develop and produce independent, reflective, and competent researchers by providing the opportunity (through thesis completion) to undertake professionally relevant research which creates new knowledge and contributes to professional knowledge in nursing.