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Doctor of Health Studies (Research)
The professional doctorate is a part-time doctoral research degree. It is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented, focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.
While the PhD generally prepares candidates for a research-based career, the professional doctorate is a more in-service orientated degree, addressing the career needs of practising professionals, particularly those in or who aspire to senior positions within their professions. The linkages between research-based knowledge and its application in a wide range of professional settings are central to this doctorate.
We offer an integrated professional doctorate scheme within which education, health, social work and social policy professionals engage together in integrated learning for some of the taught modules. This unique inter-professional learning allows you to reflect on what is shared across professional boundaries and what is distinctive to their own occupational traditions.
Above all, a professional doctorate is an opportunity to examine contemporary leading theories and research evidence, and to apply these within the professional context.
The Health Studies taught modules introduce a range of social science perspectives and methodologies in order to explore the contemporary importance of health, medicine and health care organization policy and practice, and how these interact with social capital, economic and material environments, public services and positive community well-being. Research-based and critical understanding in relation key aspects of community, well-being, health, illness and medical sociology are promoted. Different approaches for examining how health care systems are organized and to the causes of health and ill-health are explored, particularly in relation to inclusion and exclusion, social identities, and the local and global environment.
You must possess a good first degree and usually have completed a master’s degree. You should also have two or more years’ professional experience in a field appropriate to your chosen pathway.
Much of the module learning and associated assignments aim to support applied professional development and you are expected to have experience of - or current access to - professional settings in a field appropriate to your doctoral degree.
English Language Requirements
A score of 600 on TOEFL (250 on computer-based marking) or band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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There are two different types of taught modules: four core and two specialist. Your specialist modules will depend on your chosen pathway.
- Changing Modes of Professionalism
- Research Design
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Health, Medicine and Society
- Community, Sustainable Health and Well-being
Full-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £4,407
- Students from outside the EU: £21,950
Part-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £2,204
- Students from outside the EU: £10,975
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
Graduates are able to further their careers within their employment settings or move beyond these into, for example, Higher Education, policy and planning, and/or research development and management.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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