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Institute of Health

Health and Wellbeing

Professional Doctorate Part-time 4 years

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award Professional Doctorate
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

Undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton will enable you to demonstrate scholarship, methodological expertise, a contribution to knowledge about professional practice and a contribution to professional practice development

The programme is designed to change how you as a professional think about the relationship between research, scholarship and expertise. You will be expected to make a significant difference to your professional environment from the beginning of the programme. Ideas and methods from a range of disciplines will be applied to your own fields of expertise. You will follow an exciting, flexible programme that will enable you to develop advanced research skills that can be applied to your practice.

The professional doctorate has a more structured programme than the traditional PhD and offers a higher degree of inter-professional peer support. You will work together with other professionals to build your quantitative and qualitative research skills, deepen your professional development, and learn from each other. Following completion of the taught modules, you will progress to the empirical research stage and with support from practice advisors and experienced supervisors will construct an independent and original piece of research that will enhance the knowledge base in your field of practice.



What happens on the course?



The DProf is a part time course. It is undertaken in two stages and normally takes  around four years to complete.


Stage 1 comprises the taught element of the DProf. This stage takes a minimum of two years to complete. It focuses on advanced research techniques in health, social work, social care and wellbeing and includes the following modules:



Undertaking a Critical Literature Review in Health and Wellbeing



Positionality and the Researcher 



Advancing professional practice



Understanding Research Processes and Structures



Stage 2 is the thesis stage of the DProf. It takes a minimum of two years to complete. During this time the student undertakes and submits a practice based thesis.

On campus attendance is kept to a minimum. Traditional taught sessions, delivered in blocks of two to three days, are combined with virtual technologies to create a more personalised teaching and learning experience. At this level of study self-direction is essential and students will be required to manage their own learning, particularly in stage 2. 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

There is an increasing demand for doctoral qualifications that are related to the actual work activities and situations of employees and professionals has been stimulated by major changes in organisational structures and employment patterns, notably in health and wellbeing.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course will be open to experienced individuals who hold senior positions of responsibility within their organisations or professions.

This mix encourages flexibility and openness to inter-professional learning opportunities and reflects inter- professional working in practice setting.
Modules are delivered in blocks of 2-3 days to aid flexibility.

In addition to developing a high level of critical thinking and demonstrating the creation of new knowledge in your field of practice, you will gain the abilities and skills to become a researching professional.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3125 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3825 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

The programme is open to experienced executives or professionals within health, social work and social care organisations and related disciplines e.g. sports, complementary therapies, pharmacy, public health and service management.

We also accept administrators in any health for related field, social workers, those in social care and working for charities, pharmacists, physiotherapists, ambulance and other emergency service workers, Doctors, Librarians with a speciality in health or wellbeing and HE and FE lecturers in these fields.

This mix encourages flexibility and openness to inter-professional learning opportunities and reflects inter-professional working in practice settings.

All participants will be expected to have a minimum of two years' appropriate professional experience. It will be each participant's responsibility to maintain access to a working environment to allow progression through the doctoral programme. Candidates will normally have already attained a Master's Degree in a relevant subject area.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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