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Health and Social Care Practice, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Enhance your employability

This Health and Social Care Practice course from University of Derby will enhance your chances of securing a consultative role, as it will set you apart from other professionals in the sector. Currently, we offer the Doctorate in Health and Social Care Practice in the following fields:

  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • Drama Psychotherapy
  • Health Sciences
  • Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Nursing               
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Radiography
  • Applied Psychology
  • Ergonomics.

Preparing you professionally

This course aims to prepare professional leaders, educationalists and clinicians with research and research project management skills to take a leading role with the development of practice or the development of services within defined professional areas.


Graduates go on to be senior leaders, researchers and academics within their professional field. 

It's likely that you’ll have studied this course to develop your own personal or professional development. Most of our current students are professionals and are interested in developments to theory and practice in their specialist fields. They're keen to advance in their careers and maintain their links to practice. They're interested in developing their practice in clinical or social care services.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    540 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Whichever field you choose to be awarded in, you’ll study modules such as;

  • Engaging with Study at Doctoral Level
  • Service and Practice Development
  • Independent Scholarship for Professional Practice and Service Development

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • You should normally have a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters award in an appropriate academic field or equivalent. You should also ideally have a professional qualification or accreditation.
  • You should have high levels of competence in English, if necessary, demonstrated by IELTS 7.5.
  • All suitable applicants will be interviewed.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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