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Professional Doctorate in Health Science DHS

Professional Doctorate in Health Science DHS

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Study mode

Part time


5 years

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Key information

Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

Health Studies Research Methods (Science)

Course type


Course Summary


Advance your career in senior management with our Professional Doctorate in Health Science by integrating your work closely with your learning and research.

This course encourages you to explore the key factors that influence health and the research that has led to our current diagnosis and treatments of different health conditions.

When you study for a Professional Doctorate at UWL you will join the international research and learning community of our collaborative Research Centres and Groups. We offer an integrated professional doctorate scheme which allows you to engage with professionals from different sectors and reflect on what is shared across professional boundaries and what is distinctive to your own occupational setting.

Course detail

The last few decades have seen far-reaching changes in the way health is approached and a multitude of lifestyle factors that are changing the health of our future generation.

Many factors - such as medical and technological advances, an ageing population in developed countries, the growing prevalence of chronic disease, patient choice and rising public expectations - have affected countries across the world in different ways.

The course will guide you to explore and understand leading research and how it applies to health science. You will then undertake your own research to create new ideas and generate improvements.

Each taught module is delivered over the course of a single weekend. Teaching is carried out through lectures and smaller seminars and workshops where the emphasis is on discussion. Tutorials are face-to-face and online, and your supervisor and tutors will support your independent study and writing of your thesis.

We provide a supportive research environment and you will be part of the UWL Graduate Centre which supports all research students and coordinates research activity across the university. In addition, you will have full access to UWL student support, including life-long careers advice.

Study & career progression

Studying for a doctorate will help you to develop research skills and evidence-based practice within your professional area.

A doctorate qualification can help you to develop your role in your current career, secure a promotion or facilitate a career change.

Completion of a professional doctorate will also allow you to progress into a postdoctoral research role.


Professionalism in Social Context - Core
Evaluating Data in the Professions - Core
Connecting Research and Practice - Core
Methods of Professional Inquiry - Core

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Entry requirements

You will normally need: a good first degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent in a relevant field, a Master’s Degree with Merit or Distinction or equivalent professional experience.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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