Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care DProf

Research ( part-time, full-time)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

September 2017

Duration: 5 years part-time (following a full-time stage 1), or 6 years part-time.


This course is for advanced health or social care practitioners with postgraduate qualifications, who want to take an innovative lead in their speciality through original, published research.

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Full description

Supervision and support

We can supervise projects in most areas of acute care, allied heath, public health, and family and child health. The group has particular expertise in the following:

  • Carer and service user perspectives
  • Research with older people
  • Nursing
  • Social work practice
  • Educational practice
  • Workplace stress
  • Research with children and young people.

These are just a few examples. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss your ideas.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students 2016/17 (Stage 1) (part-time, per year)


Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)


International students, 2016/17 (Prof Doc/MD (Res) part time)


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For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.


You’ll receive comprehensive postgraduate training and develop transferrable skills that will equip you for your research project and wider career.

These skills include research planning, use of research methods and techniques, development of theoretical concepts, research analysis, conference presentation, academic writing and publishing.

We’ll encourage you to publish articles during your research project and present your findings at conferences, including those we hold here at the University.

Many of our research graduates enhance their careers by using their findings to recommend new policies or pilot new practice, locally or nationally. 

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email our Programme Director, Dr Leslie Gelling ( or our Programme Administrator, Vicky Stevenson (

Entry requirements

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For entry into the Professional Doctorate, applicants are normally expected to hold a Masters degree and be working in or able to access a professional practice setting in which to carry out their research. Exceptions are considered on an individual basis, where applicants can demonstrate evidence of postgraduate study or publications suitable to prepare them for doctoral level study.

If English is not your first language, you’ll also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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01245 68 68 68

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+44 1245 68 68 68

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