University of Chester

University of Chester

Health and Social Care

This programme is aimed at aspiring health and social care professionals who want to be sophisticated leaders and change agents in their field of practice; 3 of the programme modules are shared with colleagues from the education field and provide a live focus on inter-professional learning and integrated working; success with the taught modules leads into a final period of professional research with the support of an academic supervisor; the programme aims to facilitate the student to: develop critical skills in advanced research methods, perspectives and theories; engage critically with self directed learning; advance scholarship and reflection; apply appropriate research methods to professional practice that informs policy formulation; identify new initiatives; evaluate challenges within professional practice; justify how various research approaches can be critically applied to the challenges and problems of the workplace; students critically integrate prior learning into the programme and build upon existing knowledge whilst engaging in multi-professional collaboration by studying with colleagues from other professional disciplines; students create and conduct original research within the professional environment that makes a unique contribution to existing literature through method or findings.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (or equivalent) and a Master's degree related to their professional discipline (the latter usually completed within the 5 year period prior to entry), and, normally, at least 5 years' post-qualification experience in their professional field; given the wide variety of educational qualifications within the health and social care field, it is intended that these admission requirements are applied flexibly; it is expected that students are working within health or social care in a professional post, and intending to continue within such practice; students from overseas are most welcome and are required to have achieved the Cambridge IELTS qualification at level 7 or above.

Course modules

Modules include: Research methods for professional enquiry; doctoral studies in context; leadership development and change; policy analysis for integrated services; analysing professional practice using social theories; thesis in context; writing for publication; supervised research thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DProf Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Riverside Campus Chester CH1 1SF North West

Key information

Graduate School
Telephone number: 
01244 511000