Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (ProfD HaSC)
- ProfD HaSC
- Start Date
- Oct 2025
- Years 1-2
- Study blocks
- Years 3-5
- Research Project
The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (ProfD HaSC) is an interdisciplinary, postgraduate level research programme which has been designed to meet the needs of senior health and social care practitioners who wish to develop and lead evidence-based interventions within their own sphere of practice.
The applied nature of the programme develops candidate’s research capability and enables them to manage complex problems and advance their practice. It is an award at the highest academic level that is distinct from the PhD in that it fosters pioneering professional development relevant to the needs of the individual’s professional working situation.
The ProfD HaSC runs every other year with the next start date being October 2025, to be confirmed.*
To be considered for a place on this course, you must meet the entry requirements.
*This course will run subject to sufficient interest and applications to make a cohort educationally viable.
Minimum academic requirement for entry to a doctoral degree is a UK upper second class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relatable subject.
Practice experience (normally minimum of 3 years) is essential
Research experience preferrable
The ProfD HaSC has a start date every other year. The next start date will be in October 2025, to be confirmed.
If you have any queries in relation to an aspect of the ProfD HaSC or would like to discuss your application please email Dr Marie McGee.
How to apply
Please ensure that your application is accompanied by:
- Official transcripts and certificates (in English) of your higher education qualifications.
- A Personal Statement
- A CV detailing your work experience to date.
- One academic reference.
- One letter of support from your line manager.
- An official copy of your English language results (if relevant)
- A Research Proposal of up to 2,000 words
The research proposal
The research proposal submitted with the application is not expected to be a perfect or finished product, as it is likely to undergo changes over the course of the first two years of study, in consultation with your supervisory team. However, it has an important role to play in that it is used to judge both the quality of the proposed project as well as the fit of the topic with the research expertise and supervisory availability within the school.
A successful research proposal should focus on viable health or social issue of relevance to you as a professional and your organisation. Please provide the following:
- Title: Provide a clear and succinct title.
- Background and rationale: Set out the context of your project with supporting literature and include a sense of the contribution the research can make to the field.
- Aims of the investigation and research questions: Clearly identify the problem to be explored, the aims of the study and the research questions.
- Design: Outline your proposed methodology and methods. Provide a rationale for these choices. Include details of who will form your sample and how you will gather your data.
- Data Analysis: Demonstrate the principles of organising and interpreting the data to address the research question.
- Ethical considerations: Outline how you will adhere to research ethic principles and practice.
- Time frame: A reasonable timescale for completion (see the course structure to get a feel for how this might assist you)
All written applications will be considered and those who meet the requirements will be invited for a virtual interview (up to 45 mins).
Selection to the course will be based on the proposal's quality, applicant’s qualifications, interview, as well as on availability of supervisors with appropriate expertise and interest in your area of research.