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Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Suitable for a broad range of healthcare practitioners, the Professional Doctorate in Health (DProf) is an exciting initiative, and will provide you with a high level, vocationally focused award. It’s ideal for nurses, medical/paramedical practitioners, allied health professionals, midwives and health care educators.

Offering an equivalent to PhD level, the DProf provides an opportunity for you 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 doctorate uses a range of master’s modules for Stage 1. Stage 2 comprises the doctoral research at Level 8 taking you through to your final thesis.

Why study with us

  • The two-stage structure (MSc/DProf ) means that you can progressively develop your research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research.
  • The Programme Team comprises a highly experienced research active team of staff and you will be supervised by a member of staff with a PhD or professional doctoral background.
  • 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.


This module aims to develop your understanding of research within health and social care. You will be presented with a broad overview of the principles of research beginning with ethical, epistemological and theoretical perspectives, and moving through qualitative and quantitative research designs, and synthesis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Non Lab-Based: £13,500; Lab-Based: £14,500. It is a guide for part-time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 Masters programme. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60% or over, and have completed equivalent of the compulsory research modules.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more

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