StudyLink logoHome
Students on a university campus

Doctor of Health Studies (Professional Doctorate), Other Doctorate, Professional Qualification, Cardiff University

the United Kingdom

Cardiff University

Study options for this course

The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
Other Doctorate, Professional QualificationPart-time5 - 7 yearsOctoberfind outfind out

About Doctor of Health Studies (Professional Doctorate), Other Doctorate, Professional Qualification - at Cardiff University

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.

The other distinctive pathways within the professional doctorate scheme are:

  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
  • Doctor of Social and Public Policy (SPPD)

Entry requirements for this course

Contact Cardiff University to find course entry requirements.

Courses you may be interested in at other institutions

Below are some suggested courses at other providers that you may also be interested in:

Screenwriting MA

London Film School

Find out more

International Marketing MSc

Mälardalen University

Find out more

Marketing Master Degree

EU Business School, Barcelona

Find out more

Master in Management (Grande Ecole) Master Degree

Audencia Business School

Find out more

Economics Masters by Research

Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Find out more

Master in Digital Marketing & Communication Marketing Management Master Degree

IAAD. - Institute of Applied Art and Design

Find out more

Postgraduate pathways and pre-masters at other institutions

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course then consider one of these postgraduate preparation courses from another institution:

See all Postgraduate pathway courses

Other courses at Cardiff University

There are 581 other courses listed from Cardiff University. A selection of these are displayed below:

Accounting and Finance MSc

Cardiff University

Find out more

Accounting and Finance PhD

Cardiff University

Find out more

Accounting and Finance BSc

Cardiff University

Find out more

Advanced Chemistry MSc

Cardiff University

Find out more
View all 581 courses at Cardiff University

Related Information

See other universities in Cardiff

Find out more about studying in the United Kingdom

International Study Visa

As an international student you may require a valid visa to study at Cardiff University. Read more about the requirements in our Guide to the United Kingdom International Student Visa Requirements.