DHSc Doctor of Health Science DHSc

Course summary

The philosophy underpinning this course takes a new perspective on how learning relates to professional practice. It is designed to facilitate and enable you as a professional to consider the questions of importance in your setting, and build capacity in you as a professional and researcher to enable you to answer these pressing questions in your workplace. The course is designed to support you to reflect at an advanced level on your profession, your practice and new, original ways in which you can contribute to the professional knowledge base in your area. The course is layered to enable you to engage with understanding traditional research methods and new pragmatic methods of research which can be used to conduct research in the professional setting. It is somewhat different from many other doctoral programmes out there. The learning in this course is designed to be directly applicable to your workplace. The uniqueness of this course is in the systematic approach it takes to enabling you as a student to answer the questions you need answered for your professional practice, then supporting you to develop your research and writing skills, to enable you to produce an original contribution of knowledge to your professional area.


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee£1,998

Fees for overseas students

Main fee£5,750Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

DHSc Award
September Start
Block-release Study Mode
5 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

Applicants shall normally have a Master's degree or equivalent in the relevant field of study. In addition applicants are, where appropriate, normally required to have at least two years relevant professional experiences; endorsed by (where appropriate and relevant) membership of a professional body or institute. Applicants are required to have appropriate relevant professional experience and to be engaged in professional practice. Applicants are required to be researching or developing practice in an area which falls within the University's current research activities to enable the University to appoint supervisors who are familiar with the relevant area of research and practice.

Students may also enter via non-traditional routes, who can demonstrate masters' equivalent experience and learning in their professional work.

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