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Professional Doctorate in Health, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #172 (QS) Online
The Professional Doctorate in Health (DHealth) at the University of Bath is designed for a range of health and social care professionals who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners and researchers in practice.

About

By utilising web-based delivery blended with Summer Schools (typically five days in length), the Professional Doctorate in Health (DHealth) at the University of Bath aims to meet the learning needs of busy health and social care practitioners.

During the first two years of study you will complete a series of units covering research methods, evidence based practice, comparative health policy and other topics relevant to research in practice. Throughout the first two years you will also be developing a protocol for your doctoral research project. 

Unlike the PhD programme, we do not expect you to have a well-developed research protocol before commencing your studies. Your Personal Development Adviser (PDA) will work with you to develop your research plans, before handing over to an academic and practice-based supervisor during the second year.

Programme features

  • Carry out independent research and understand research methods whilst remaining in your practice area.
  • Choose your learning style within a flexible environment amongst a multi-professional community.
  • Expand your understanding of policy and practice in the context of international healthcare systems and service.

Time required for study

We recognise that many of our students are in demanding full-time health or social care jobs and the Professional Doctorate in Health programme is designed to be flexible and supportive in order to accommodate these demands. 

However, you will need to be able to commit at least 15 hours per-week (on average) to your studies, either through study leave or by working during evenings, weekends and holidays.

Transfer to the PhD programme

If who wish to exit with a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) award, rather than the DHealth (Professional Doctorate in Health) award, then you may apply to do so at the end of the first or second year of study, while retaining the flexible mode of delivery and supervision designed for the Professional Doctorate in Health programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      This is a part-time distance-learning programme (it can be completed in four, or up to eight years)
  • Credits
    270 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research project preparation and planning
  • Introduction to practice based research
  • Research design and methods
  • Evidence into practice
  • Research project design and development
  • Professional issues in health 1 (policy)
  • Professional issues in health 2 (practice)
  • Thesis

Lecturers

Dr David Wainwright

Senior Lecturer

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university, (this may be waived if you have a higher degree, or can demonstrate a track record of practice based research that has been published in peer reviewed journals) 
  • One reference is required from your employer or line-manager.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

  • One year post-qualification, graduation or registration experience in an appropriate context (normally health, social care, education or clinical/medical context).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5900 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3150 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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