Research course

Health Professional Doctorate

Keele University · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

For admission to most of the Health Professional Doctorate programme routes, candidates must be registered health care professionals. However, there is also a generic route (DHealthSci) which does not necessitate this requirement and there may also be exceptions in the public health route (DPH) dependent on the subject of intended study. You should also be working either full or part-time in an appropriate organization where you are permitted to conduct work-based research and evaluation. In addition, candidates must normally:

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

The Health Professional Doctorate programme meets the needs of a range of health care professionals/educationalists wishing to attain the highest level of professional and academic achievement.

Routes available in pharmacy (DPharm), education (DEdHealth), nursing (DNursing), public health (DPH), social work (DSW), DHealthSci (physiotherapy) (DHealthSci (Physio)), counselling (DCouns) and a generic route (DHealthSci).

The programme of taught modules combined with the research component allows students to undertake study and research that is clearly relevant to their professional practice, will support them to contribute to professional knowledge in their field of practice and will enable their career development. A number of routes within the programme as a whole are available to capture the array of health professional backgrounds and ensure applicability to the professional practice and professional development.

A professional doctorate provides a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, equally rigorous to the purely research orientated PhD. The taught modules which occupy the first two years of the programme, provide opportunities to develop students’ skills and knowledge in key areas to facilitate career development, whilst the research component allows for development of skills in critical appraisal and the ability to develop the rationale, methodology and methods for research studies. The modules also allow development of other transferable skills such as project management, problem solving, information management and academic writing.

The Health Professional Doctorate utilizes the expertise of the academic team across the whole of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as experts from the clinical field to support the student’s development, research and scholarship; many of whom may be nationally and internationally renowned researchers in their own field.

Within the Health Professional Doctorate, students may wish to exit at key points prior to completing the whole programme and in doing so may be awarded either postgraduate diploma or masters in health sciences. This design is intended to provide flexibility for professionals studying whilst working in high pressured health service roles.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    Up to 72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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