Research course

Professional Doctorate in Health

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject AND one year post-qualification, graduation or registration experience in an appropriate context (normally health, social care, education or clinical/medical context).

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Health is a unique modular blended learning programme designed for a range of health and social care professionals who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners and researchers in practice. The programme develops the participants' critical thinking about practice and health service delivery. In addition it addresses the key professional issues which define the work that takes place in practice, such as ethical matters and evidence and values-based practice.

By utilising web-based delivery blended with bi-annual face-to face research conferences the programme aims to meet the learning needs of busy health and social care practitioners. Individual learning is supported throughout the programme by a Personal Development Adviser (PDA). The PDA utilises learning needs analysis and personal development planning techniques to motivate and develop participants.

Programme Structure:
This is a flexible programme. Students typically study over four years, however there is opportunity to complete units in up to eight years.

Year one:

  • Research project preparation and planning
  • Introduction to practice based research
  • Research design and methods
  • Evidence into practice

Year two:

  • Research project design and development
  • Professional issues in health 1 (policy)
  • Professional issues in health 2 (practice)

Year three/four (Doctorate):

  • Thesis

Department specialisms

The Department currently has research groups in the following areas: Sport Health & Exercise Science (SHES) Group Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Research Group Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) Work, Health & Wellbeing Research Group (WHW) The Centre for Pain Research (CPR) is also based in the Department, and conducts research into the technological development for the control of pain.

Information for international students

Language requirement: IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent.  Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a pre-sessional English course or a combined offer (to include a pre-sessional English course and master’s degree).  To find out more please visit:

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
48-96 months
part time
48-96 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 385 233