Research course

Professional Practice

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An Honours degree at 2:2 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This part-time programme has been specifically designed with health and social care professionals in mind and is appropriate for practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, including lecturer practitioners who have completed a Master's; practitioners aspiring to be a nurse, midwifery or therapy consultant; and service leaders and managers from a range of health and social care organisations.

Our Professional Doctorate has been developed to encourage practicing professionals to pursue formal qualifications by conducting in-depth research related to activities performed in the workplace.

You can complete the course while you are in full or part-time employment, which fits in well with the objective of researching a work-related topic. To be awarded a Professional Doctorate, you will be expected to critically investigate and evaluate an approved organisation-centred topic that leads to a fundamental advance in theory and practice. You will also have to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methods and will need to present and defend your thesis by viva voce (oral examination) to the satisfaction of the examiners.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£8,000 (Lab- based), £7,000 (Library - based)

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProf
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Future Students Enquiry Team
+44 (0)1202 961 916