Taught course

Public Health (Health Visiting)

University of Essex · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Whether you are a Home/EU or Overseas applicant, the entry requirements are the same. You will need to:

1. Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS

2. Academic Qualifications:

  • Possess at least a high 2.1 honours degree (with a 3rd year average of 65% or above) in psychology.


  • Possess a recognised overseas degree in psychology, equivalent to at least a high 2.1 honours degree in psychology (see UK NARIC for information about equivalence of non-UK degrees)


  • Possess a BPS accredited conversion degree in psychology with an average mark of 65% or above.


  • Possess a lower second class or low 2.1 honours degree in psychology with subsequent demonstration of academic competence, for example through achieving 65% or above (or equivalent) at Masters/Doctoral level in a research degree relevant to clinical psychology.

Transcripts for all qualifications must be included with your application.

3. Demonstrate at least one year’s full-time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology. Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a realistic understanding of what the work of clinical psychologists entail and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting.

Note: the course does not offer Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning.

Months of entry


Course content

A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialisation.

The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic. Within the School we offer guidance and supervision in a wide range of areas which include amongst others:

  • Analysis of large scale surveys
  • Consumerism and consumption in health care
  • Health-related social movements
  • Health-related stigma
  • Health services research
  • Housing and health
  • How life events and conditions influence health
  • Interpretative policy analysis of health care
  • The third sector and health care provision
  • Political economy of health care
  • Professional/clinical education and practice
  • Public health management
  • Public health practice and policy
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methodologies and analysis of large-scale datasets (panel and cohort studies)
  • Service evaluation and development
  • Social aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • Social epidemiology and health inequalities
  • Social inequality and health
  • Social organisation of health care
  • Sociology of happiness and wellbeing
  • Sociology of health and illness
  • Sociology of risk
  • Understanding and application of research in health settings

You will have regular one-to-one meetings with your supervisor to develop your research topics and plan, and to discuss progress on your research. A full list of research interests can be found on our staff pages.

At the end of your time with us, you will have a qualification which demonstrate you to be a true expert in your field.

Information for international students

IELTS 7 overall with a minimum component score of 7

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719