Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Course Overview

    Our Professional Doctorate is designed to enable advanced practitioners to lead and respond innovatively to the rapidly changing health and social care environment.

    We develop leaders who can improve health and wellbeing through addressing local, regional and national concerns, and who have the ability to build evidence bases that inform policy and practice development.

    You’ll develop skills in critical analysis, enquiry and research through core units of study with relevance to health and care professionals in practice, across the state, third sector and business sectors.

    This will help you to form your own conclusions about the implications for your professional practice, and intervene in health and social care debates as appropriate.

    We deliver this practice-based course in two phases. Phase one, in the first two years of study (part time) one year (full-time), involves the study of four core units and one option unit. We teach these units via blended learning, a mix of face-to-face teaching, and online, supervised and guided study.

    In phase two, (years three-five part-time; years two and three full-time), you’ll undertake independent study under supervision, submitting your thesis of approximately 40,000 – 60,000 words.

    Course Details

    Our Professional Doctorate (DProf) gives you the opportunity to gain academic recognition at doctoral level through a research project that links to your specialist area of practice.

    Keeping the service user at the centre of your thinking, you’ll engage with policy, practice, and debates in relation to health and social care to inform the research you undertake.

    If you opt for the three-year, full-time route, you’ll usually study four core units and one option unit over the first year. Option units may include topics such as contemporary issues in practice or the principles of health economics.

    If you opt for the part-time route, you’ll typically study phase one over two years, and phase two up to four years.

    In phase two, you’ll focus on your thesis. This is a typically a piece of original research that enables you to better understand, engage, and improve your own practice.

    You’ll typically submit a thesis of 40,000 – 60,000 words in year three. You will be questioned on aspects of your thesis and you’ll have the opportunity to respond constructively in a viva voce exam.

    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    To be accepted onto this programme, students are expected to have a UK undergraduate degree classification of minimum 2:1 or have successfully completed a masters degree.

    We will also consider applications from students with less formal qualifications if they can demonstrate equivalent professional experience and evidence of study at Level 7.

    Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

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