Research course

Practice Portfolio in Health and Social Care

University of Lincoln · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

- A minimum upper second class honours degree in a related subject or registered professional qualification.

- Must be currently practising in a health, social work, or social care environment, or School/Faculty in a higher education institution.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The PhD by Practice Portfolio provides a route for experienced health and social care practitioners, educators, and policy makers to achieve a Doctoral level qualification based on the contribution that they have made to their field of practice.

This programme requires participants to bring together their existing work through the production of a portfolio and written commentary which demonstrates the original and significant contribution that they have made to their field of practice. This can, but does not have to, include a substantial research component.

For PhD by publications, candidates should submit between three to five high-impact publications, which will form the intellectual basis of the examination for the award.

Department specialisms

Health economics Healthcare workforce planning and development Trauma, critical, and emergency care Pre-hospital care Mental health Addiction Hospital acquired infections Health inequalities Teaching and learning in health and social care Nurse Education Inter-professional education and multi-agency working Sexual and reproductive health Service evaluation, transformation, and quality improvement

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

For further advice on IELTS and the support available, please contact the International College by email at

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

As this is a research degree there is no formal taught content on the programme. Students will work with a carefully selected supervision team who will provide support in writing the commentary to accompany the portfolio. Students will be expected to meet with their supervisors at least 12 times during the 12 month registration period (roughly once a month), while also studying independently throughout. Students will need to be self-motivated and able to use their initiative in order to generate the work required for successful completion. Candidates are expected to produce a draft of their commentary by the half way point of registration.

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