We offer Professional Doctorates in a wide range of specialist areas within
health and social care, including:
- Health care education
- Social care education
- Applied psychology
- Occupational therapy
- Public health (health visiting)
- Social care practice management
- Speech and language therapy
- Health services management
- Social services management
A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if
you are in, or aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice,
education or management in health or social care.
To successfully complete the course, you will need to demonstrate
unification, at the highest level, of theory and practice within a professional
context. Such a qualification assesses your ability to perform at the level of
'expert' within your chosen field.
You can study our Professional Doctorates flexibly between four and seven
years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on individual
need and funded support. The course comprises three elements:
You complete a research methods module to underpin subsequent research
activities. At this stage you are also guided in selecting further modules to
meet identified deficits within your knowledge base.
In year one you complete the online module,
HS945 Research methods. You also attend approximately six Professional
Doctorate study days at our Colchester Campus which provide face-to-face support
for Research methods, offer research workshops and provide portfolio
In year two you are required to attend weekly taught
sessions. Everyone is required to undertake
HS947 Theory and method in health research
and then you have to choose between HS927
Statistical analysis and HS948
Qualitative research methods depending on your research focus.
You create two portfolios of learning chronicling the development of expert
practice. The portfolios are constructed from the specialist application of
generic outcomes in areas such as risk and diagnostic reasoning. Portfolios are
submitted at the end of year one and year two.
Original research through doctoral level dissertation
You undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your
specialist area of practice.
Funding your course
There are many different ways that you could fund your Professional
Doctorate, however, the fees that you pay are not dependent on this. For full
details of the fees for your specific Professional Doctorate, please see our
main University postgraduate tuition fees.
How to apply
In order to study one of our Professional Doctorates you need to provide
evidence of the following:
- current registration with a UK regulatory body where appropriate
- current employment in management, practice or education as appropriate
- a Masters qualification (or equivalent)
- employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation
in the UK
To help you with your application we have provided a letter reminding you of
the information required to make your full application. Below is also a referee
letter for you to complete and provide to your referees.
To make a full application, you will need to:
- complete the University's
online application form
- provide two academic references
- provide academic transcripts/certificates
- provide a language certificate (if relevant)
- attach a 300-word description of:
- Your clinical practice (for clinical programmes)
- Your managerial responsibilities (for management programmes)
Once we have received your signed and completed application form as well as
the above required documentation, we will write to confirm if you have been
successful in gaining a place.
Applications for the 2016 intake will close on 26 August 2016.
All supporting documents must be received by this date for your application to
For further information, please contact: