Research course

Doctor of Advanced Healthcare Practice

Cardiff University · School of Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

A flexible and innovative programme, usually completed in 4-7 years, the Professional Doctorate consists of eight taught modules, followed by a research project of not more than 50,000 words.

The programme takes into account the substantial professional commitments of students. Modules are delivered over two intensive teaching days and supported via e-learning; they are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their understanding of policy and practice and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field.

At the conclusion of the taught element, students will be allocated supervisors within the topic and /or methodological field of their proposed research.

Programme aims

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in today’s health service. The programme offers a higher level of educational engagement within professional and organisational contexts as well as offering students an opportunity to enhance their existing responsibilities in service delivery.

Distinctive features

Learning and research undertaken by students on the Professional Doctorate programme is intended to inform clinical practice by developing new understandings of practice, generating/enhancing patient outcomes or directly influencing professional or organisational change.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

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