Research course

Professional Doctorate in Health

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

    • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university, (this may be waived if you have a higher degree, or can demonstrate a track record of practice based research that has been published in peer reviewed journals) and
    • Candidates must have a practice-based role within a health, social care, education or clinical/medical context. This will be a condition of entry onto the programme. Candidates should normally have at least 1 years’ experience within their field.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Health is designed for a range of health and social care professionals who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners and researchers in practice.

By utilising web-based delivery blended with Summer Schools (typically five days in length), the programme aims to meet the learning needs of busy health and social care practitioners.

During the first two years of study you will complete a series of units covering research methods, evidence based practice, comparative health policy and other topics relevant to research in practice. Throughout the first two years you will also be developing a protocol for your doctoral research project. Unlike the PhD programme, we do not expect you to have a well-developed research protocol before commencing your studies. Your Personal Development Adviser (PDA) will work with you to develop your research plans, before handing over to an academic and practice-based supervisor during the second year.

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

Certificates for English language must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 7 (with no less than 6.5 in each component)
  • PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component.

Learn more at the international page.

Fees and funding

For more information visit the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DHealth
    part time
    48-96 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385949