Research course

Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

London South Bank University · Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

  • A recognised professional qualification which allows you to practise in one of the professions for which an award is specified: nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, physiotherapy, or radiography; or
  • A health and social care profession which is recognised for registration with one of the health and social care professions councils in the UK [e.g. the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); the General Medical Council (GMC); the General Optical Council (GOC)] and
  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline and at least three full years full-time experience (or equivalent) in a relevant professional area or
  • A first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant discipline and evidence of ability to produce work at masters level and at least four years of full-time experience (or equivalent) in a relevant professional area
  • Applicants are required to have some previous knowledge of research methods, such as a research methods module, completed as part of previous degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate programme has been developed for practitioners who have or intend to pursue professional careers as consultant nurses or therapists, clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, practice development professionals, senior managers and leaders of healthcare.
The programme offers you the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and to apply them to professional practice issues through independent research. Therefore providing you with the opportunity and potential to make a significant contribution to professional practice and to improve service delivery and performance within your employing organisations and across the wider professions.The doctorate comprises of a taught component in Years one-two, and a doctoral research component in Years three-five. The research study will culminate in a doctoral thesis in the profession specific subject area or in the general area of health and social care.The research thesis component of the programme, in Years three-five, may be generic (Health and Social Care) or profession specific and leads to one of the following awards:

  • Doctorate in Health and Social Care
  • Doctorate in Nursing
  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
  • Doctorate in Optometry
  • Doctorate in Physiotherapy
  • Doctorate in Radiography
  • Doctorate in Allied Health Professions

Information for international students

Applicants must have sufficient command of the English language to complete satisfactorily the taught component, and to prepare and defend a thesis in English. For those whose first language is not English, should produce evidence of competency in the English language equivalent to level 8 of the International Language Testing System (IELTS) with no element below 7.5.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months

Course contact details

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