Research course

Professional Studies

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty Health and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

For entry to this course you need • a masters degree from a subject in health or social care. Applicants with other academic or professional qualifications are considered individually on their merits. In such cases relevant academic and work experience, previous experience or training in research, or other experience that shows you are likely to be successful is taken into consideration. • at least 3 years relevant professional experience. You should work in health or social care in the public, voluntary or private sectors to allow you to do work-based projects. • to demonstrate your ability to manage your own learning, and the capacity to contribute to and benefit from the doctoral programme. You do this through interview, completion of application form and submission of a 2000 word rationale. • access to the internet and email in order to fully benefit from the electronic means of support We also advise you to have an identified work-based supporter. If English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability, to the following (or equivalent) minimum level of proficiency: an IELTS score of 7.0 and/or a TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based exercise) or 260 (computer-based exercise). You must also declare • any disciplinary proceedings taken by earlier employers or educational establishments • any investigation relevant to you under the Children Act 1989 or other associated legislation

Months of entry


Course content

Study for a professional doctorate designed to develop your ability to work at the highest academic level in an applied professional context. Equivalent to a PhD, the goal of your doctorate is to develop your practice as an experienced professional in health, social care, biomedical science or sport and exercise science.

Key points
• Develop your professional expertise to doctorate level.
• Develop advanced research skills to further evidence-based practice in your role.
• Benefit from the support of up to five of our specialist research centres.
• Study part time to give you the flexibility needed to pursue your career and your studies.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months

Course contact details

Health and Wellbeing
+44 (0)114 225 5555