One of the requirements for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine is to write a Doctoral dissertation of 20,000 words.
The purpose of the dissertation is to prepare the student to be a professional in the discipline. Through this preparation the student learns and demonstrates the ability to conduct independent, original, and significant research. The dissertation thus shows that the student is able to:
• identify/define problems,
• generate questions and hypotheses,
• review and summarize the literature,
• apply appropriate methods,
• collect data properly,
• analyze and judge evidence,
• discuss findings,
• produce publishable results,
• engage in a sustained piece of research or argument,
• think and write critically and coherently.
The Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine stipulates that there must be at least two academic supervisors to each student as part of their doctoral committee. Both academic supervisors must have obtained a Ph.D or D.Sc as part of their education.
The fees for the Doctoral dissertation are charged in order to pay for the many hours required to read and grade a dissertation, as well as other administrative costs.