Research course

Professional Doctorate in Advanced Healthcare Practice

Cardiff University · School of Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

The Professional Doctorate is suitable for registered practitioners who can meet the following criteria: * Master’s or First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject * Relevant and recordable professional qualification * Evidence of relevant prior professional practice * Candidates should be in employment in the context of health and social care, or have negotiated access to either clinical or education areas

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

This is 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.

Further information on this programme can be found on our website:

Information for international students

Please note: Candidates whose first language is not English will normally be expected to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

Dr Jane Harden
+44 (0)29 2091 7725