Course details

Study options

Part-time: 4 years

Course level


Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Distance learning

Course description

Enhance your employability

This course will enhance your chances of securing a consultative role, as it will set you apart from other professionals in the sector. Currently, we offer the Doctorate in Health and Social Care Practice in the following fields:

Preparing you professionally

This course aims to prepare professional leaders, educationalists and clinicians with research and research project management skills to take a leading role with the development of practice or the development of services within defined professional areas.

Tailored to your interests

You can tailor your qualification to your own interests and develop as a clinical and professional leader in your field. In addition, you’ll improve your knowledge and understanding of a range of research and enquiry methodologies and skills related to your profession.

Original research 

By completing the research aspect of this course, you’ll be able to make an original contribution or application of knowledge to your specialist field. This will help you to lead on the development of services and professional practice, and will be directly relevant to your career.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

Whichever field you choose to be awarded in, you’ll study modules such as;

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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How you will learn

Teaching and learning

This course is taught and facilitated by leading academics and professionals who use a variety of flexible learning strategies to help you to reach your full potential. You’ll be taught in small seminar groups, supported by individual tutorials. This will enhance your learning experience, as you’ll learn both with and from your peers and academic staff.

While studying with us, you’ll be allocated a director of studies, a second supervisor and a subject specialist, so you’ll be supported at every stage by a team with expert knowledge.

You’ll also join one of our research groups, which will help you to develop your research interests and skills, and provide you with an opportunity to network and share interests with other professionals working in your field of expertise.


Assessment is through written assignments, writing up projects and research, formal dissemination of your work, a thesis and a viva voce assessment.

This course will enable you to make an original contribution your specialist field of study, and lead the development of services in your workplace.

Who will teach you

Dr Michael Townend
Programme leader

Dr. Townend is involved with academic leadership in the areas of psychological therapies and supervision for practice and research degrees.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters award in an appropriate academic field or equivalent. You should also ideally have a professional qualification or accreditation.

You should have high levels of competence in English, if necessary, demonstrated by IELTS 7.5.

All suitable applicants will be interviewed.

Interview information

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)



£2,500 per year




Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply


Graduates go on to be senior leaders, researchers and academics within their professional field. 

It's likely that you’ll have studied this course to develop your own personal or professional development. Most of our current students are professionals and are interested in developments to theory and practice in their specialist fields. They're keen to advance in their careers and maintain their links to practice. They're interested in developing their practice in clinical or social care services.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

This course is available part-time only:

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Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.