University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire


The programme provides an opportunity to complete an advanced programme of study, focused on your individual needs; it builds upon an existing suite of awards for the professional education of practitioners. The 2-stage structure (MSc/DProf ) means that you can progressively develop your research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research. The doctorate uses a range of Master's modules for stage 1; stage 2 comprises the doctoral research at Level 8 taking you through to your final thesis. Depending on the modules chosen the modes of study may include campus study or e-learning.

Entry requirements

There are several entry points onto the Professional Doctorate: Students will register for the Professional Doctorate on entry into stage 1, with at least a 1st degree in an appropriate subject at 2.1 or above and professional practice experience. Advice and support will be provided by the course leader to ensure their profile is appropriate; students identify their wish to enter the Professional Doctorate when they have completed the PG Diploma. They will have completed 2 healthcare research modules, 1 research and ethics module and 3 option modules or their equivalent. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60 per cent or over; students will enter the programme having completed an appropriate Masters programme. Participants will have achieved an overall grade of 60 per cent or over, and have completed equivalent of the compulsory research modules.

Course modules

Stage 1 uses both core and option modules from both the research and professional practice perspectives many of which are also included in the many masters awards in health. This allows you to develop both research and practitioner inquiry and skills alongside your CPD and professional understanding of your field. Stage 2 involves completion of a thesis at NQF Level 8 which is the completion of a written submission of 40,000-60,000 words on your applied professional research. There are no taught modules at this stage.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
DProf Part-time - 5 years

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