Manchester Metropolitan University

Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

Our Professional Doctorate is designed to enable advanced practitioners to lead and respond innovatively to the rapidly changing health and social care environment. We develop leaders who can improve health and wellbeing through addressing local, regional and national concerns, and who have the ability to build evidence bases that inform policy and practice development. You'll develop skills in critical analysis, enquiry and research through core units of study with relevance to health and care professionals in practice, across the state, third sector and business sectors. This will help you to form your own conclusions about the implications for your professional practice, and intervene in health and social care debates as appropriate. We deliver this practice-based course in two phases. Phase one, in the first two years of study (part time) one year (full-time), involves the study of four core units and one option unit. We teach these units via blended learning, a mix of face-to-face teaching, and online, supervised and guided study. In phase two, (years three-five part-time; years two and three full-time), you'll undertake independent study under supervision, submitting your thesis of approximately 40,000 - 60,000 words.

Entry requirements

Professional Doctorate: To be accepted onto this programme, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree classification or have successfully completed a masters degree. We will also consider applications from students with less formal qualifications if they can demonstrate equivalent professional experience and evidence of study at Level 7. Further information for international students is on our international website if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care is made up of four core units and students will be able to select one optional unit to complete their studies, which will be closely linked to their areas of professional interest. This programme is delivered in two phases. Core and optional taught units are studied in the first two years, with the second research phase commencing in year 3. Students with equivalent doctoral experience may be able to enter the programme in phase 2, please enquire with the programme team for more information.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Professional Doctorate Full-time September 2019 - 3 Years

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Main Site M15 6BH North West

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