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Institute of Health

Health and Wellbeing

Professional Doctorate Part-time 4 years

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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 £3200 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.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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