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Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care DProf

Course Description


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.

Our team members specialise in health and social care research areas including acute care, allied heath, public health, and family and child health.

We’ll ask you to focus your work on an aspect of policy and practice, with a view to influencing approaches in your organisation or specialty locally, regionally or nationally.

Stage one of the programme features six workshops per year, to support you as you frame your dissertation proposal and build an initial portfolio of three 7,000-word research papers.

An academic supervisor will guide you during this phase and throughout stage two, when you’ll research and draft your dissertation en route to the DProf qualification.

High quality research training and regular academic events, such as research seminars and conferences, are features of the programme.

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 and experienced staff.

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, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Chelmsford - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus

Cambridge - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

ARU research

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

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 ().

Visit the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care DProf page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

We’re pleased to offer all our former UK/EU students the opportunity to save £1,000 on Masters or Research Degree fees. The Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship of £1,000 is available for all full and part-time Masters or Research Degrees starting in 2016/7*.Your postgraduate application will be automatically assessed for eligibility for the Alumni Scholarship. To apply, download the application form (below). When applying online for your course, upload your form with your other relevant documentation.If you're a former international student of Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll automatically receive this discount of £1,000 as part of your application.*The scholarship isn’t applicable to most distance learning courses or courses delivered in conjunction with collaborative partners. All applicants must have successfully completed their award with Anglia Ruskin University to be eligible for the Alumni Scholarship.The scholarship can only be granted for full Masters/Research courses (interim awards such as Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are excluded).

Value of Scholarship(s)



All our former UK/EU students.
The scholarship can only be granted for full Masters/Research courses (interim awards such as Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are excluded).

Application Procedure

If you're a former international student of Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll automatically receive this discount of £1,000 as part of your application.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.Further Information - View Website

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