Professional doctorates)

StAR Professional Doctorates

School of Postgraduate Studies

Course details

RCSI is pleased to announce four StAR Professional Doctorate programmes:

  • Professional Doctorate (Nursing)
  • Professional Doctorate (Pharmacy)
  • Professional Doctorate (Physiotherapy)
  • Professional Doctorate (Health Sciences)
  • Professional Doctorate (Health Professions Education)
  • Professional Doctorate (Population Health)

If you are a healthcare professional with a record of leadership in nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy or positive health, our StAR Professional Doctorate programmes offer you the opportunity to make a positive impact on your professional area of expertise and progress your career, all while remaining in practice.

These programmes blend the practical skills you demonstrate in the workplace with training in advanced research skills and methodology, data analysis, research ethics and leadership; culminating in a research thesis which will make an original contribution to knowledge or practice in your profession.

The programmes are designed as multi-modal, allowing for remote and in-person learning. There will be a series of tutorials, workshops, lectures and online resources that enable flexible learning as well as required on campus days at RCSI’s St Stephen’s Green campus for specific one-day workshops.

What you will study

Year 1 is designed to teach you the skills you will need to complete your research thesis. You will complete four modules:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Systematic Review for Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis
  • Leadership Development

At the end of your first year you will submit a full research proposal which you will design with your RCSI supervisor. If you would like to have an initial discussion about choosing an RCSI supervisor, please contact the relevant person in your field below:


The programme is for a minimum of four years.