60 months
8555 GBP/year
5655 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Health and Social Care programme at London South Bank University has been developed for practitioners who are pursuing professional careers as consultant nurses or therapists, clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, practice development professionals, social workers, senior managers and leaders of healthcare.

Visit the official programme website for more information


We offer you the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and to apply them to professional practice issues through independent research. You'll have opportunity to make a significant contribution to professional practice and to improve service delivery and performance within your employing organisation and across the wider professions.

The Health and Social Care  programme at London South Bank University   comprises of a taught component in your first and second year, and a doctoral research component in your third to fifth year. The research study will culminate in a doctoral thesis specific to a profession or in the general area of health and social care. It leads to one of the following awards:

  • Doctorate in Health and Social Care
  • Doctorate in Nursing
  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
  • Doctorate in Optometry
  • Doctorate in Physiotherapy
  • Doctorate in Radiography
  • Doctorate in Midwifery
  • Doctorate in Social Work

A professional doctorate is similar to a PhD in the sense that it allows you to carry out original research and contribute new knowledge. All doctoral graduates are considered experts in their field and can use the title ‘doctor’. The main difference between a PhD and a professional doctorate is that the research is rooted in the researcher’s professional practice.


Those exiting the course will have developed a range of advanced skills in evidence finding, critical appraisal, research design and conduct, and disseminating research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research principles
  • Practical issues in data collection
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis 
  • Health and social care research contexts
  • Research methodologies
  • The doctoral research proposal and ethics

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


600 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A recognised professional qualification which allows you to practise in one of the professions for which an award is specified: nursing, midwifery, social work, occupational therapy, optometry, physiotherapy, or radiography; or 
  • A health and social care profession which is recognised for registration with one of the health and social care professions councils in the UK [e.g. the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); the General Medical Council (GMC); the General Optical Council (GOC)] and
  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline and at least three full years full-time experience (or equivalent) in a relevant professional area or
  • A first or 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline and evidence of ability to produce work at masters level and at least four years of full-time experience (or equivalent) in a relevant professional area 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8555 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8555 GBP per year during 60 months.
  • National

    5655 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 GBP per year during 60 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


International undergraduate and postgraduate students scholarships:

    International Scholarships
  • LSBU is offering scholarships and discounts to hundreds of students via our International Scholarships
  • International Merit Scholarships
  • We offer students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate taught programmes with outstanding academic profiles a fee reduction of up to £4,000 on each full academic year's tuition fees.
    LSBU Loyalty Award
  • We offer postgraduate Tuition Fee discounts for LSBU graduates progressing directly onto a postgraduate course and eligible alumni.
    ONCAMPUS London South Bank Merit Scholarship
  • 25% fee reduction to ONCAMPUS London South Bank students progressing to university degree programmes.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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