University of Bath Featured Professional Doctorate Programmes
University of Bath Featured Professional Doctorate Programmes

Professional Doctorate in Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) DProf/MRes


Course Description

The DProf and MRes in Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) gives you expert training in education research methods. The Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme is suitable for anyone who wants to undertake rigorous, practice-focused research, from doctors, nurses, academic educators, social care professionals or psychologists.

Your Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme will feature:

  • Full training and support in a broad range of research methods
  • Emphasis is research-on-practise, meaning research can be conducted in your work place on topics that are directly relevant to your role
  • Focused, taught analysis of the evidence base for current practise in health professions education
  • Supported development of a research proposal, including literature review, methodological approaches and ethical approval
  • Support from an outstanding community of experienced researchers to address specific training and research needs
  • Supervisors from a top UK Medical School
  • Flexible part-time study
  • Practice-focused learning

During your Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme you will benefit from our highly regarded specialist facilities and our top ranking research programmes. Our Medical School has been recognised as one of the UK’s top research performers.

  • Swansea University Medical School is a leading UK centre for medical research
  • Ranked 1st in the UK Research Environment
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Research Quality
  • 100% world class or internationally excellent in terms of impact (REF 2014)
  • 95% of the research submitted was assessed as world-leading (54%) or internationally excellent (41%) REF 2014
  • Postgraduate students will have access to facilities in the £100 million Institute of Life Science (ILS).

We have strong connections with a range of external partners and collaborators, including the NHS; Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board; Hywel Dda Health Board; UK research council; Welsh Government and numerous national and international links. These connections, along with the skills and qualities you develop during your degree in Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) will enhance your CV, and help you stand out in a highly competitive graduate employment market.

How you're supervised on the Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme

Your degree in Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) combines an initial, modular, taught element with supervised research by nominated supervisors. You will do three face-to-face taught modules which cover research methods, critical appraisal, and the application of those concepts to the education of healthcare professionals. You will also complete a portfolio in which you develop your research project, identify and address training needs and complete a reflective analysis of the likely impact of your proposed research on your field and on you as a practitioner and others.

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Visit the Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) DProf/MRes page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to M.Res or D.Prof Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) will normally require at least a 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate subject. Most applicants will have an equivalent qualification in an area of professional practice (e.g. B.Sc Nursing, MBBCh etc). English language requirement: IELTS Score 6.5/TOEFL 570. Please visit our website for more information on entry requirements for the Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme.

Course Fees

Please visit our website for the Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme fee information.



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