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The Professional Doctorate in Midwifery (DMid) is a part-time doctoral programme designed to enable midwives to undertake doctoral level study whilst continuing in their current midwifery role. Students will be supported to develop research skills and knowledge with a peer group and experience our world class research institute OxINMAHR.
The programme aims to nurture independent, critically reflective and competent researchers who are equipped to lead and develop Midwifery research, either independently or as part of a team. It culminates in a doctoral level research project that is focused on practice and makes a new contribution to midwifery knowledge. It thus offers a vehicle to launch and develop clinical academic careers, as well as supporting clinicians to carry our research which will benefit their clinical area and build an evidence base to develop and underpin care.
The DMid is taught alongside our sister DNurs programme, and develops students over a 5 year period, with the first 2 years being delivered in a modular format, through face to face teaching and on-line activities and the last 3 years exploring an area of practice through independent research. The programme modules are outlined on the module page. The successful outcome of the award is through production of a thesis and successful defense of your research at a viva examination.
This programme will furnish practising midwives with the necessary support and tools to work towards a Professional Doctorate whilst continuing in their current midwifery role. It aims to nurture independent, critically reflective and competent researchers who are equipped to lead and develop midwifery research, either independently or as part of a team. There is currently great emphasis within the midwifery profession on developing research aware and proficient practitioners; and this course will support this aim.
The professional doctorate is a part-taught, doctoral-level award, equivalent to the traditional PhD or DPhil. The DMid has been designed to offer the opportunity to study midwifery theory and practice and gain research skills in order to develop and carry out a doctoral level research project focused on practice which makes a new contribution to midwifery knowledge. The programme is for qualified midwives who are working within clinical practice and want to explore practice in greater depth and through the application of research knowledge and skills.
A distinctive aim of the DMid is to promote critical self-reflection and knowledge acquisition secured through a sequence of structured learning which provides taught, supervised and cohort-based experiences. Current research issues in midwifery will emerge through critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research. The programme requires students’ exploration and challenge of theory related and relevant to midwifery and healthcare practice, and is concerned with the synergy between professional practice, intellectual endeavour and leadership. Significantly, the DMid provides a ‘cohort-based’ doctorate, and an opportunity to develop a strong researcher-practitioner community. This cohort will be made up of DMid and DNurs students. This cohort-based approach will provide strong peer support for students while they are undertaking their doctoral journey. Additionally, the mixture of the two professions will allow interprofessional critical reflection and discussion.
On successful completion of the programme, graduates will demonstrate the following Brookes Attributes:
Students are required to evidence they have an up-to-date DBS check completed by their employer before applying to commence their studies at the university.
As part of the application, students are required to submit a research proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The research proposal must be 2000 words and based on a research idea related to practice. The proposal needs to demonstrate why the student has identified this problem, why it is an area that needs exploration with rationale and how the student will research it.
The fee rate for UK students enrolling on the Professional Doctorate in Midwifery for the academic year 2021/2022 will be £3,865.
Please note that fees increase by approximately 4% each year. Fees may be paid in three instalments during each academic year.
The programme has been designed to support the development of an increasingly active and independent researcher and writer by providing a blend of learning approaches designed to promote intellectual autonomy. These include face-to-face seminars and workshop activities; guided online activities; student-led seminars, and individual tutorial and supervision sessions.
Teaching and learning strategies will encourage you to:
Students will be assessed in each of the modules undertaken on the taught component of the programme. The types of assessments used within this programme are varied; including reflective essays, critical analysis of evidence based practice, presentations and a ‘portfolio of learning’ based on the Vitae ‘Researcher Development Framework.’ The taught modules are progression to the research stage of the programme and will be assessed on a pass or fail basis only.
The research component of the programme involves each student working with their supervisory team which includes a Director of Studies (first supervisor) and up to 2 further supervisors, to undertake research into their chosen area of professional practice. The research will be presented as a 65,000 word thesis which will be submitted at the end of year 5 (September) and defended in a viva voce examination within 3 months of submission.
Award of the DMid will be made when the external and internal examiners have examined the thesis and the student has successfully defended their research in the viva examination. All recommendations for the award have to be approved by the Science and Technology Sub-Committee of the Research Degrees Committee.