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

Professional Doctorate in PhD by Published Work (Route 2) - Health, Psychology & Social Care


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Course Overview

This is an accelerated route for experienced practitioners and researchers who have a substantial number of publications in a thematically linked area.

Your work should form a body of research and you’ll need to demonstrate at least eight peer-reviewed publications, available in the public domain.

An advisor will help you to adapt this research work and you’ll need to submit a thesis of eight to 12 publications. You’ll also submit a linking narrative that defines the context of the work and how each paper fits into the ‘story’ that the body of work describes. 

You’ll submit a critical commentary of 10,000 – 15,000 words and your work will be examined. You’ll be questioned on aspects of this work and you’ll have the opportunity to respond constructively in a viva voce exam.

Past Publications

Past and current examples of PhD by publication undertaken by medics include: screening for pre-eclampsia; emergency medical education and the interface with social media; advances in multidisciplinary tracheostomy care and their impact on the safety and quality of care in the critically ill.

This course is part of our Postgraduate Medicine provision, a University wide initiative that aims to lead in medical education, applied research and knowledge exchange.

Course Details

This accelerated route usually takes either six months full-time or twelve months part-time.

It’s designed for experienced practitioners and researchers who can demonstrate extensive experience of independent research and publications in a thematically linked area. As you aren’t creating additional research, you’ll have an advisor rather than a supervisory team (as in Route One).

To apply for this route, you’ll submit your current publications or the sub-set you’d like us to consider. You’ll also need to submit a statement indicating the unifying theme of your research and its contribution to knowledge.

If your work is of the appropriate standard for a PhD, we’ll invite you to an interview to discuss the next steps.


Visit the PhD by Published Work (Route 2) - Health, Psychology & Social Care page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have a UK masters level qualification (or international equivalent) and a strong record of research publications to enrol in the doctorate programme. Applicants must submit their papers and a statement indicating the unifying theme of their research and its contribution to knowledge. This will be evaluated and if judged to be of appropriate standard, PhD candidates will be invited to an interview. Candidates must be graduates (or equivalent) of at least five years with a masters degree, research training or show evidence of having received research training or equivalent experience in their work environment.


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