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Part time


7 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Professional Doctorate in Health (DProf) is an exciting initiative, and will provide you with a high level, vocationally focused award, suitable for a broad range of healthcare practitioners. This includes, but is not limited to nurses, medical/paramedical practitioners, allied health professionals, practitioners of a complementary and alternative medicine, midwives, and health care educators.

Offering an equivalent to PhD level, the DProf provides an opportunity to complete an advanced programme of study, focused on your individual needs. The programme builds upon an existing suite of awards for the professional education of practitioners. The two-stage structure (MSc/DProf) means that you can progressively develop your research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research.

The assessment on the DProf has been carefully planned to support and complement your research and learning, and to maximise your ability to progress your individual doctoral research. You will find it is characterised by a requirement to engage in critical reflexivity and interrogation of your own research and that of others and to reflect the research planning and development cycle.


The professional doctorate in health is about developing your professional self and your ability to lead and contribute to the development of work and research. As such, this award is about career, professional and personal development and expertise and your organisational impact. The team will use the taught programme and associated research events, as well as your growing confidence as a member of a research community to maximise your engagement with a wide and diverse group of applied educational researchers giving you a rich experience and opportunities that will shape your reflection and professional self. You will also receive invitations to take advantage of careers support and guidance through our Careers service and the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Employability.


Introduction to Postgraduate Philosophically-based Research (20 Credits) - Core
Advanced Research Methods (20 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Postgraduate Research (20 Credits) - Core
Applying Methods in Health Research (20 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Thesis (420 Credits)

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

There are several entry points onto the Professional Doctorate. Students will register for the Professional Doctorate on entry into Stage 1, with at least a first degree in an appropriate subject at 2:1 or above and professional practice experience. Advice and support will be provided by the Course Leader to ensure their profile is appropriate. Students identify their wish to enter the Professional Doctorate when they have completed the PG Diploma. They will have completed two healthcare research modules, one research and ethics module and three option modules or their equivalent. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60% or over. Students will enter the programme having completed an appropriate master’s programme. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60% or over and have completed equivalent of the compulsory research modules.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more

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