Taught course

Professional Doctorate in Health DProfHealth

University of Liverpool · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

· Normally candidates will be working in a healthcare or related environment in order to advance their research aspirations in Health related professions and fields.
Candidates with an undergraduate degree along with 2 years professional experience in a health environment will be considered for Stage 1 entry.
Candidates with a Masters degree and significant professional experience in a health environment can be considered for entry via RPL portfolio up to a maximum of 90 M Level credits.

Applicants are required to provide:

A complete Application Form giving basic personal data and educational background.

A proposal (maximum 2,000 words, including references) which outlines the intended research problem and context to be investigated at the doctoral (thesis) stage.

A personal statement (maximum 500 words) outlining their motivations for undertaking the programme.

Copies of academic qualifications and other supporting documents.

The names of two academic or employer referees.

Shortlisted applicants will also be invited to attend an interview to discuss suitability of the chosen study area.

Applications are assessed individually and a supervisory team allocated as per Appendix 2 of the PGR Code of Practice: Policy on Research Student Supervision. .

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their competence in the language (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL examinations: minimum 7.0 IELTS with minimum 6.5 in all components or equivalent TOEFL).
All applicants to the DProfHealth would be required to complete a brief research proposal/project plan as part of the application process, upon which the suitability of the study would be assessed and a supervisory team allocated as per Appendix 2 of the PGR Code of Practice: Policy on Research Student Supervision.
International Students as above plus IELTS 6.5

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate in Health (DProf Health) is a new flexible programme of study aimed at those working in health-related environments. It provides an opportunity for students to explore real world issues to further research and make an original contribution to knowledge. The Professional Doctorate in Health programme has been designed for those working in healthcare related environments to embed and build upon applied research in advancing professional health care practice in an increasingly complex environment. The programme of study offers an alternative to the PhD or more traditional research routes and is offered on a flexible part time basis taking into account the applicants’ professional context, prior learning, skills, work place priorities and experiences. Professional doctorates provide an opportunity for individuals to situate professional knowledge developed over time in a theoretical academic framework. Professional Doctorates are available on a part-time basis based on the expectation that candidates will carry out their studies whilst they are engaged in relevant employment which informs their studies.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProfHealth
    part time
    54-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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