Health Studies (Professional Doctorate) (DHS)
The Cardiff DHS was launched in January 2004. We believe it is the first such degree in the UK, and the curriculum has been developed in the light of market research with senior health professionals. Above all, a professional doctorate is an opportunity for learning about research and developing research-aware professional practice. Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a centre of research excellence and as a DHS student you will be taught by leading social scientific experts in the field of health.
Please note that this programme has only one entry point in January of each year.
Programme of Study
All students will be required to take 8 taught modules. As virtually all students will be part time, with substantial professional commitments, modules will normally be taught intensively over 2½ days with suitable pre and post reading and activities. Typically, students will receive reading materials one month prior to each module. Three different types of modules will be offered — compulsory, generic options and specialist options. Students will be required to take:
Five compulsory research training modules:
One generic optional module:
Two specialist compulsory modules:
Once the taught modules are successfully completed, DHS candidates are assigned a supervisor and formally registered for their thesis.
Students will be required to submit work for annual progress reviews until they complete their thesis.
The thesis will be up to 50,000 words in length.
Period of Study
The normal expectation is for the taught element to be completed in two years, and the thesis to be completed within a further two years. The maximum time limit for the degree overall is 7 years.
The basic entry requirements are that candidates should possess a good first degree and normally a Masters degree; they should also have two or more years’ professional experience in a field appropriate to their chosen programme. As some of the assessments will require practice and evaluation in the workplace, it will normally be a condition of entry that applicants have access to professional settings in an appropriate professional field.
All students will be interviewed by two members of staff, one of whom will be their potential supervisor, for their chosen programme prior to admission; they will be counseled on the appropriateness of the course for their particular stage of professional development. Recruitment of students will comply fully with the University’s equal opportunities policy.
Candidates are also asked to submit a research proposal with their application to enable us to to identify potential supervisors early on. For guidance see the Guidance for Research Proposal in the Related Resources Section at the top of this page.
Application forms may be downloaded from the main postgraduate section of the web site.
They can also be obtained from:
Mrs Liza James
Professional Doctorate Secretary
Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
The Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue