Doctor of Advanced Healthcare Practice

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in today’s health service.

A flexible and innovative programme, usually completed in 5-7 years, the Professional Doctorate consists of eight taught modules, followed by a research project of no more than 50,000 words.

The programme takes into account the substantial professional commitments of students. Modules are delivered over two intensive teaching days and supported via e-learning; they are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their understanding of policy and practice and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field.

At the conclusion of the taught element, students will be allocated supervisors within the topic and /or methodological field of their proposed research.

Programme aims

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in today’s health service. The programme offers a higher level of educational engagement within professional and organisational contexts as well as offering students an opportunity to enhance their existing responsibilities in service delivery.

Distinctive features

Learning and research undertaken by students on the Professional Doctorate programme is intended to inform clinical practice by developing new understandings of practice, generating/enhancing patient outcomes or directly influencing professional or organisational change.

Key facts

Mode of study Part-time
Qualification DAHP
Part-time duration DAHP 5-7 years
Start dates September
Compulsory modules
  • Applied Qualitative Methods in Healthcare
  • Quantitative Research Methods & Statistics in Healthcare
  • Research Leadership: Governance, Politics & Ethics
  • Systematic Reviewing of Evidence
Optional modules (choose any 4)
  • Critical Enquiry in Practice & Research
  • Leading & Working in complex Organisations
  • Perspectives of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Exploring Epistemologies of Practice
  • Analysing Practice through Work-Based Learning


There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

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Students from outside the EU

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Prospective applicants should be aware that they will be required to submit a research proposal as part of their application.

The Professional Doctorate is suitable for registered practitioners who can meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s or First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject
  • Relevant and recordable professional qualification
  • Evidence of relevant prior professional practice
  • Candidates should be in employment in the context of health and social care, or have negotiated access to either clinical or education areas

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

Research Office

Administrative contact

Academic contact(s)

Sheeran, Liba

Dr Liba Sheeran

Senior Lecturer (Research and Teaching),and Programme Manager: Professional Doctorate

+44 90)29 206 87757


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Tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible Welsh and EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

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