Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) in Health and Social Care

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This course is designed to support graduate professionals working across diverse health and social care sectors to conduct doctoral research in this complex and evolving arena.

    Course overview

    Research into health and social care continues to be at the vanguard of social, economic and political debates, and is of major importance in the current social and economic climate. This increases the demand for practitioners who are able to effectively lead, innovate and evaluate service provision with a limited resource allocation. This course is designed to enable the personal and professional development of individuals working within these areas.

    Why study this course with us?

    This course is designed and delivered by a team of academics who are research active and committed to the ongoing development of health and social care policy, practice and service delivery. You will therefore be joining a community where debate and critical thought are both welcomed and fostered.

    You will be encouraged to reflect upon current practice, explore new ways of thinking, explore new or different theoretical perspectives, and offer new insights into the chosen field of study.


    Research methodologies, social theory, philosophy, cultural practices and policy form the major themes around which the modules and teaching is structured. The self-selected doctoral thesis will require you to apply the knowledge and skills that you have gained during the taught components of the course.


    • Introduction to Doctoral Studies
    • Philosophy of Social Science
    • Research Methods
    • Social Theory and Professional Work
    • Thesis
    • Thesis Proposal

    The modules given above are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

    Teaching methods

    The first stage of the course comprises five taught modules that are delivered flexibly (predominately classroom based), to fit in with the busy schedules of working professionals. You will study these modules as a member of a group in which collaborative support for learning will be encouraged, and we aim to furnish you with the critical skills to enable you to conduct research at doctoral level.


    There are a range of assessments, including poster presentations, oral presentations, and written work culminating in the production of a thesis.

    The five taught modules comprise a total of 2,400 notional hours’ learning time, of which 120 hours are direct contact. Each 40-credit module has 20 hours’ contact time, and each 60-credit module has 30 hours’ contact time. The independent thesis module has a notional learning time of 3,000 hours.

    Work based learning

    This course is designed for graduate professionals who are working within health and social care.

    Job prospects

    Generally, all the students who apply or who are currently undertaking this programme are employed within the health and social care arena.

    Visit the Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) in Health and Social Care page on the University of Chester website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must have:
    - a relevant first degree (usually minimum of 2:1)
    - a relevant Master’s degree
    - a minimum of two years’ experience in their chosen field
    - IELTS 6.5

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