PD Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

Our Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DProf) is designed to enable healthcare professionals to make a significant impact in the field of health and social care. This practice focused award is relevant for doctors, nurses, medical and paramedical practitioners, allied health professionals, midwives, health and social care managers and health care educators.

This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by April 2018 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

PD Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

Course details

The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care is designed to support you to produce an independent original contribution to knowledge and/or practice that has a significant impact in the field of health and social care.

At the outset, we'll introduce you to doctoral studies and the principles of research design in health and social care. You'll be supported to contextualise your enquiries and explore research methodology, methods and analysis. Our experienced healthcare professionals will guide you as you conduct your fieldwork project and support you as you plan and write your doctoral thesis.

In order to complete the programme, you'll need to submit a 60,000 word thesis and successfully pass the thesis examination and viva voce examination.

Our focus is on helping you to complete and defend your thesis successfully, and supporting you as you grow into an independent, ethical and innovative researcher.

  • Start date: 22/09/2019 or 23/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: PD
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Tuition is provided by experienced healthcare professionals as you develop and demonstrate a systematic, analytical and critical approach to complex issues and their application within the field of enquiry.
  • Our aim is to support you to achieve a mastery of academic scholarship in a chosen field of enquiry at the cutting edge of knowledge creation.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop independent skills of designing and governing a robust and complex research enquiry.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from our strong strategic partnerships with local NHS organisations.
  • On successful completion of this programme you’ll be awarded a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care from the University of Bolton.

Key features:

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in health and social care settings, they’re also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • We offer accessible learning through a series of workshops, supervision and extensive online resources to help you achieve your full potential.
  • This rigorous academic student journey is also designed to develop your research governance, organisation and personal effectiveness skills as an independent researcher.
  • Our ambition is for you to make a real difference in your sphere of practice and influence, making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 22/09/2019 or 23/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: PD
  • Duration: 3 years

Please contact the Programme Leader for details.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

No hidden extras

  • There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme. ()

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    22/09/2019 or 23/01/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Russell Gurbutt
Programme Leader
Email: R.Gurbutt@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903707

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903