Research course

DProf in Health and Social Care

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • a relevant first degree (usually minimum of 2:1)
  • a relevant Master’s degree
  • a minimum of two years’ experience in their chosen field
  • IELTS 6.5

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This course is designed to support graduate professionals working across diverse health and social care sectors to conduct doctoral research in this complex and evolving arena.

Research into health and social care continues to be at the vanguard of social, economic and political debates, and is of major importance in the current neoliberal climate. This increases the demand for practitioners who are able to effectively lead, innovate and evaluate service provision with a limited resource allocation. This course is designed to enable the personal and professional development of individuals working within these areas.

Why study DProf in Health and Social Care with us?

This course is designed and delivered by a team of academics who are research active and committed to the ongoing development of health and social care policy, practice and service delivery. You will therefore be joining a community where debate and critical thought are both welcomed and fostered.

You will be encouraged to reflect upon current practice, explore new ways of thinking, explore new or different theoretical perspectives, and offer new insights into the chosen field of study.

How will I be taught?

The first stage of the course comprises fi ve taught modules that are delivered flexibly (predominately classroom based), to fit in with the busy schedules of working professionals. You will study these modules as a member of a group in which collaborative support for learning will be encouraged, and we aim to furnish you with the critical skills to enable you to conduct research at doctoral level.

How will I be assessed?

There are a range of assessments, including poster presentations, oral presentations, and written work culminating in the production of a thesis.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProf
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions