University of Bath

University of Bath


The Professional Doctorate in Health is designed for a range of health and social care professionals who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners and researchers in practice. By utilising web based delivery blended with summer schools (typically 5 days in length), the programme meets the learning needs of busy health and social care practitioners. During the first 2 years of study, students complete a series of units covering research methods, evidence based practice, comparative health policy and other topics relevant to research in practice. Throughout the first 2 years students also develop a protocol for their doctoral research project. Unlike the PhD programme, we do not expect students to have a well developed research protocol before commencing their studies. Each student has a Personal Development Adviser (PDA) who works with them to develop their research plans, before handing over to an academic and practice based supervisor during the 2nd year. Programme features: students carry out independent research and understand research methods whilst remaining in their practice area; students choose their learning style within a flexible environment amongst a multi professional community; students expand their understanding of policy and practice in the context of international healthcare systems and service.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university (this may be waived if the applicant has a higher degree, or can demonstrate a track record of practice based research that has been published in peer reviewed journals) and 1 years post qualification, graduation or registration experience in an appropriate context (normally health, social care, education or clinical/medical context).English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component. References: 1 reference is required from the applicant's employer or line manager.

Course modules

Year 1: research project preparation and planning; introduction to practice based research; research design and methods; evidence into practice. Year 2: research project design and development; professional issues in health 1 (policy); professional issues in health 2 (practice). Year 3/4 (Doctorate): Thesis.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of written assignments, literature reviews, research protocols and reflective accounts. There are no written examinations. Students also produce a portfolio of evidence of application to practice, and undertake a face to face transfer interview and a final viva.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DHealth Distance learning £ 3,150 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
DHealth Distance learning £ 5,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years
DHealth Distance learning £ 3,150 per Academic year (EU fees) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies Warminster BA12 8PY South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01225 385233