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Professional Practice Community & Social Care: Policy & Practice

5-7 years
September 2024
Online learning

Our unique Doctor of Professional Practice qualification in Community Social Care Policy and Practice is delivered entirely online, offering you a flexible route into doctorate-level study. It’s aimed at current social work, care and community professionals who want to develop advanced research skills which will empower them to have a positive impact on practice and policy.

Why study with us

  • This is the first course within the UK to deliver totally online doctoral study. Through various interactive online learning opportunities, you’ll develop your own supportive research community.
  • Because it’s delivered totally online, you can work flexibly and fit the demands of this course around your everyday work and other commitments.
  • In this course you make a contribution to both theory and practice in your field, and develop professional practice by making a contribution to professional knowledge.

What you'll do

  • You’ll benefit from expert support from a selected supervisory team throughout the course. During the course you’ll get to engage with professorial staff who are international experts within their chosen field.
  • You’ll benefit from the best and most contemporary research and professional practice to ensure that course content is relevant to your future career, or further studies.
  • You’ll engage in developing original research that will have an impact on professional practice and/or policy, as well as theory.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

How to apply for postgraduate research

Interested in studying postgraduate research? The application process can vary but we have some helpful tips.

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Academic expertise

Dr Jacqueline Williams
Course lead Doctor of Professional Practice (Dprof) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice.

Future careers

This doctoral qualification could enable you to move into academia or professional research as well as increasing your status and advancing your career within your professional field.

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£2,500 per year
Distance Part-time£2,500 per year
Distance Part-time£2,625 per year
Distance Part-time£2,625 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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