School of Nursing

Professional Doctorate Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing

Professional Doctorate Part-time 5 years

Professional Doctorate
Start date(s)
18 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (5 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This course is designed to develop your capacity to work within a professional context, introducing competent research into the nature of professional practice. Its robust approach to education, a curriculum employing traditional research-based purposes in line with the PhD model while focusing on experienced professional practitioners, imbues values of innovation, managing change and pursuing ideas to fruition into the framework of an expert practitioner. The advanced learning imparted through experiential and IT-based activities, balancing integration in existing work with thinking towards major organisational change, enhances the expertise of graduates to the level of attaining leading roles in clinical practice, management, entrepreneurship and teaching.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £4198 per year 2023-24

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

Applicants for a Professional Doctorate course will: • be judged on the basis of their professional experience or professional practice. Other relevant experience, training, publications, contracts, consultancies, residencies, exhibitions, performances, written reports or other evidence of accomplishment shall be taken into consideration as appropriate to the nature and scope of the Professional Doctorate; • have relevant professional experience at a level and for a minimum period agreed by the University at the time of course approval; An applicant for a research degree shall normally hold either: • a first or upper second class honours degree, or • a master’s degree, or • evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English at least to the level of an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no individual element less than 6.0. The only exemption to this is for students who are not required to do so as per UKVI regulations: However, if the candidate holds a Master's degree from a U.K. University, this requirement may be waived. Applicants may apply for entry with advanced standing through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures, if they hold appropriate experience or accredited learning, or qualifications. Applicants must demonstrate that the learning was appropriate to the objectives of their chosen Professional Doctorate course and met the learning outcomes of the Professional Doctorate course. Applicants shall not be awarded credit through RPLS for any Level 8 component of the course. The programme can commence at Stage 2 for those with a Masters qualification in a health related subject. Applicants may apply for entry with advanced standing through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning ( RPL) procedures if they hold appropriate experience or accredited learning, or qualifications. Candidates without an MA would need to complete the Level 7 component and commence the programme at Stage 1 .

Financial support for research study:

Before applying, you should consider carefully how you will finance your studies for the duration of your programme, including tuition fees, research support fees and living costs.

Government loans (Home Fee Status):

Government loans are available for postgraduate research students of up to £27,265, to cover fees and living expenses. More information can be found at Doctoral-loans website.

Studying in the UK:Guidance for EU students

For 2021/22 new entrants, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England.


We are able to take payments in instalments, to spread out the cost of your studies, and it is possible to switch between full-time and part-time modes of study. For more information go to How to pay.

Postgraduate Research Loyalty Discount:

To students progressing from an undergraduate programme and/or a taught postgraduate programme to a postgraduate research programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree and/or Masters level qualification, as long as the new award is at a higher level.

For full terms and conditions please see: Loyalty Discount for Postgraduate Research Students

Research councils:

The UK Research and Innovation funds postgraduate study in all subject areas on a discretionary basis.

University Research Studentships:

The University offers a very limited number of research stipends, formerly known as bursaries, to research students. Stipends are designed to support specific projects as determined by the Research Institute rather than individual student-led projects. Funds are accessible from the relevant Research Institute or Centre - please contact them directly.

Other sources:

Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

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


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