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Doctor of Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    5 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    £2,365 per year with registration ordinarily five years.

  • Location:


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This course offers senior managers and advanced practitioners the opportunity to develop their academic and research skills, through a programme of study which is both grounded in and applied to professional health and social care practice. It provides the platform, opportunity and context for you to make change happen in health and social care.

Updated 23/11/2020


  • Engagement in advanced research within an inter-disciplinary and multiprofessional learning environment.
  • Flexible, blended approach to learning.

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Course Content

  • The programme is aimed at developing the skills of current and future leaders in health and social care and will be attractive to individuals who are working as senior advisors and managers, advanced practitioners, independent specialists and consultants.

    This inter-professional and multi-disciplinary programme combines facilitated modules and independent research. All coursework will draw on professional expertise grounded within professional practice. Students will study seven facilitated modules during years one and two of the programme, followed by an Independent Research Project, supported by a supervisory team.

    Educational aims of the programme

    The programme has been designed to enable students to demonstrate:

    • An original contribution to the advancement of professional knowledge and practice in an area of professional activity through the identification, development and execution of original research based in a health or social care practice environment.
    • Systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge appropriate to an area of health and social care practice.
    • Advanced knowledge and understanding of relevant methodologies for research and the advancement of professional practice.
    • Engagement in advanced research within an inter-disciplinary and multiprofessional learning environment in a flexible and blended way.
    • Independent critical judgement related to a specialist area of professional health or social care practice.
      A contribution to the achievement of the modernisation agenda by development of research leadership in a health or social care practice environment.

    We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

    Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

  • Applicants should normally meet the following criteria:

    • Be able to demonstrate that you have achieved 180 credits at Level 7 (through APCL). This will normally be in the form of a Masters degree in a cognate subject, completed within the 10 years prior to enrolment. Applicants holding a Masters degree completed more than 10 years prior to enrolment will need to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Programme Leader, updating of their knowledge and skills at the equivalent of Level 7 during the past 10 years.
    • A minimum of 3 years relevant work-experience at an appropriate level (e.g., demonstration of leadership, autonomy or advanced practice).
    • Due to the work-based nature of the award students should currently be employed in a suitable workplace environment to support learning and assessment on the programme.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Part Time: £2,365 per year with registration ordinarily five years.
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Part Time: £2,345 per year with registration ordinarily five years.
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course other than potential research costs arising from the thesis element of the award which will depend on the project. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • For further information about the course and our next intake please contact Dr Michelle Pyer, Programme Leader, by email at

  • How will I be assessed?

    Practice related assignments, including hands on project experience (audit or evaluation). Assessments within the first two years of facilitated modules include:

    • Extended essay
    • Research proposal including appropriate
    • application for ethical approval for research
    • Case Studies (using data sets)
    • Portfolios
    • Seminar presentation
    • Literature review
    • Reflective accounts
    • Journal article.

    The Professional Research Module is assessed by completion of a doctoral thesis and viva voce examination.

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Michelle Pyer

Senior Researcher & Postgraduate Research Lead (Health and Society)
Faculty of Health, Education and Society

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