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 Professional Doctorate in Health 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
International5900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5900 GBP per year during 48 months.
EU/EEA3150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3150 GBP per year during 48 months.
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