Professional Doctorate in Medicine

About the course

The Doctorate in Medicine has been designed to enable clinicians working in practice who wish to undertake a substantial programme of individual research, while under the principal supervision of a clinical specialist. You'll benefit from a flexible programme and the opportunity for you to contribute to the final award using previous research.

The duration of the course is up to four years on a part-time basis.

During your studies, you'll have the opportunity to study a wide range of subject areas relevant to your own clinical practice and these may be clinically based.

For informal enquiries, please contact Programme Director, Dr Ornella Corazza.

Why choose this course?

  • You'll have the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and training in order progress from specialist registrar to consultant
  • Continue your research which you pursued as trainee, or develop new areas of research relevant to the challenges you face in everyday practice, without the need to step out of your existing clinical commitments
  • Benefit from a flexible programme to fit in with existing clinical commitments
  • You'll be able to take advantage of online research support facilities through Studynet and the Learning Resources Centres
  • You'll have access to training modules to ensure you have the necessary technical skills to pursue your body of research successfully.

What will I study?

You'll develop an individual programme of skills development and training which will be mutually agreed with the supervisory team prior to registration.

While undergoing the Docorate in Medicine, you'll undertake periodic assessments and provide evidence of progress of the body of research, including details of achievements to date and the future direction of your work. You'll also need to discuss the approach taken and demonstrate how your work contributes to clinical practice.

The culmination of the programme will be the thesis of up to 80,000 words, in which you must demonstrate a significant original contribution to clinical practice.


Clinical specialties increasingly require specialist registrars to have undertaken an MD or PhD in order to become a consultant. Although this is not a regulatory requirement, the MD provides this opportunity. Consultants or GPs, having established their clinical practice, may wish to continue research they pursued as trainees, or develop new areas of research pertinent to the challenges they face in everyday practice, and the MD will facilitate this without the need to step out of their existing clinical commitments, and ensure their continued intellectual development.

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