Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Professional Studies

The programme is designed to develop students ability to work at the highest academic level in an applied professional context. Equivalent to a PhD, the goal of the doctorate is to develop students' practice as experienced professionals in health, social care, biomedical science or sport and exercise science. Students develop advanced research skills to further evidence-based practice in their role and benefit from the support of up to 5 of our specialist research centres.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree from a subject in health or social care; applicants with other academic or professional qualifications are considered individually on their merits; in such cases relevant academic and work experience, previous experience or training in research, or other experience that shows students are likely to be successful is taken into consideration; at least 3 years' relevant professional experience; applicants should work in health or social care in the public, voluntary or private sectors to allow them to do work-based projects; applicants need to demonstrate their ability to manage their own learning, and the capacity to contribute to and benefit from the doctoral programme; they do this through interview, completion of application form and submission of a 2000-word rationale; access to the internet and email in order to fully benefit from the electronic means of support; students are advised to have an identified work-based supporter; if English is not the student's 1st language they must show evidence of English language ability to the following (or equivalent) minimum level of proficiency: an IELTS score of 7.0 and/or a TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based exercise) or 260 (computer-based exercise).

Course modules

Modules include: review of professional learning and experience; research for the working world; project planning 1: literature review; project planning 2: epistemology, research design and method; critical professional practice and development; doctoral project.

Assessment methods

Written assignments; seminar presentations; project reports; portfolio of development and learning; viva voce.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Practice Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,444 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
Doctor of Practice Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,444 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
Doctor of Practice Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,444 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
Doctor of Practice Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,444 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Collegiate Crescent Campus Sheffield S10 2BP Yorkshire and the Humber

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