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HEAPPORP

PhD Practice Portfolio in Health and Social Care

This programme provides a route for experienced health and social care practitioners, educators, and policy makers to achieve a Doctoral level qualification based on the contribution that they have made to their field of practice.

Key Information

Full-time

12 months

Typical Offer

View

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

HEAPPORP

Welcome to PhD Practice Portfolio in Health and Social Care

The PhD by Practice Portfolio provides a route for experienced health and social care practitioners, educators, and policy makers to achieve a Doctoral level qualification based on the contribution that they have made to their field of practice.

This programme requires participants to bring together their existing work through the production of a portfolio and written commentary which demonstrates the original and significant contribution that they have made to their field of practice. This can, but does not have to, include a substantial research component.

For PhD by publications, candidates should submit between three to five high-impact publications, which will form the intellectual basis of the examination for the award.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

We are open to discussion about research ideas in all areas of health and social care practice and/or education, and will endeavour to support prospective students wherever we can reasonably do so in terms of supervision capacity and expertise.

Below are some of the areas where members of the team have particular expertise and would be happy to take on new students:

  • Health Economics
  • Healthcare Workforce Planning and Development
  • Trauma, Critical, and Emergency Care
  • Pre-hospital Care
  • Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Health Inequalities
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care
  • Nurse Education
  • Inter-professional Education and Multi-agency Working
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Service evaluation, Transformation, and Quality Improvement


For further information about the work of our academic staff, please visit our School of Health and Social Care staff profiles.

How You Study

As this is a research degree there is no formal taught content on the programme. Students will work with a carefully selected supervision team who will provide support in writing the commentary to accompany the portfolio. Students will be expected to meet with their supervisors at least 12 times during the 12 month registration period (roughly once a month), while also studying independently throughout. Students will need to be self-motivated and able to use their initiative in order to generate the work required for successful completion. Candidates are expected to produce a draft of their commentary by the half way point of registration.

How you are assessed

This programme is assessed by the submission of a portfolio of selected work, a 15,000 word commentary, and normally an oral examination (viva voce).

Portfolio

The works selected for the portfolio should be focused and coherent. They may include papers, chapters, books, policy documents, educational programmes, service transformation projects, and reports to name some example. All of the work chosen should be publicly available. The works selected should normally have been undertaken during a minimum period of three years and need to have contemporary relevance. The volume of work needs to be comparable with that expected from a three-year full time PhD.

15,000 Word Commentary

The commentary needs to set out the proposed basis for the award by placing the work in its wider context. The commentary shall be up to 15,000 words in length and constitute a critical review including;

- An abstract of the portfolio as a whole including the key theme(s)
- A summary of each of the materials submitted including the aims and objectives of the work
- An overview of interrelationship between the materials and how they sit within the broader discipline area and existing literature
- A critical reflection of the techniques used to conduct the work
- A critical discussion of the impact of the projects in practice
- A critical review of the original contribution the work makes to the field of practice
- Conclusions and recommendations for future work.

The commentary should achieve a depth of scholarship comparable to that required for the award of PhD by thesis.

Oral Examination

An oral examination will normally take place within four months of submission of the portfolio and commentary. Candidates will be examined by two external examiners and one internal examiner, and the process will be overseen by an independent viva chair. Following the examination and recommendation made by the examination team it may be necessary to undertake some amendments to the portfolio and/or commentary in order to satisfy the criteria for the award.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

- A minimum upper second class honours degree in a related subject or registered professional qualification.

- Must be currently practising in a health, social work, or social care environment, or School/Faculty in a higher education institution.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

How to Apply

The application process for the PhD by Practice Portfolio Health and Social care differs to the process for applying for other research degrees. In addition to the completed online application form, we will require two documents (no more than 3,000 words in total):

  • A list of the collection of materials that would be included in the body of work. Applicants will need to explain why each selection has been made, and how the materials together demonstrate an original contribution to their field.
  • A proposal for the 15,000 word commentary outlining where the work will sit within existing knowledge, the body of literature to be reviewed, the techniques used to generate the work and the impact of the work on practice.
Dr Zahid Asghar - Senior Lecturer

Dr Zahid Asghar - Senior Lecturer

Dr Zahid Asghar is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Health and Social Care. He is an experienced mathematical modeller and medical statistician. His subject specialisms include: health bioinformatics, global population health, infectious disease epidemiology, health and wellbeing, pre-hospital ambulatory care, and quality improvement.

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Research Areas and Topics

We are open to discussion about research ideas in all areas of health and social care practice and/or education, and will endeavour to support prospective students wherever we can reasonably do so in terms of supervision capacity and expertise.

Below are some of the areas where members of the team have particular expertise and would be happy to take on new students:

  • Health Economics
  • Healthcare Workforce Planning and Development
  • Trauma, Critical, and Emergency Care
  • Pre-hospital Care
  • Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Health Inequalities
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care
  • Nurse Education
  • Inter-professional Education and Multi-agency Working
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Service evaluation, Transformation, and Quality Improvement
  • Covid related research
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Sleep
  • Public Health
  • E-health/Population Health
  • Using Big data for modelling disease dynamics


For further information about the work of our academic staff, please visit our School of Health and Social Care staff profiles.

Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.

Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.