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Professional Doctorate Health Care Education

Professional Doctorate Health Care Education

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Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DHC - Doctorate in Healthcare

Subject areas

Health Studies Health Education Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical, and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

Your future

We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.


You undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice. Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help you to select a topic for your dissertation and provide guidance on writing up your research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Professional Doctorates are only open to UK applicants(except for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).

Entry requirements

Professional Doctorates are only open to UK applicants (except for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). You need to be registered with a UK regulatory body (where appropriate). You should also be currently employed in management, practice, or education, or in a senior position in a health or social care organisation and possess a master’s qualification (or equivalent). Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation.