Research course

Doctor of Social and Public Policy

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme which combines six taught modules and a research thesis. There are currently four doctoral degrees:

  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
  • Doctor of Health Studies (DHS)
  • Doctor of Social and Public Policy (SPPD)

Each degree consists of two major elements:

  • Part One: completion of six taught weekend modules, each with a 4,000 word assignment or equivalent task
  • Part Two: research thesis of between 35,000 to 50,000 words in length. The research thesis may focus on any approved topic and is individually supervised by academic staff.

There are three different types of taught modules: 4 core and 2 specialist.

The Professional Doctorate is aimed at managers and a wide range of practitioners who are experienced and who are working at senior and middle levels of their professions and organisations. It offers the opportunity to examine contemporary leading theories and research evidence, and to apply these within the professional context.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60-84 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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