Application and Selection

The criteria for prioritising applicants and making a judgement of suitability and selection onto the programme are:

a) Suitability of the proposed thematic focus of the programme of study.

b) Candidates' ability to fulfil the requirements of the programme, both intellectually and practically.

c) Availability of adequate resources and support in their practice based area.

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in  a subject allied to health and social care, from a recognised university, or;
  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university and further accredited study of topics allied to their professional practice. 

Normally candidates will be required to have demonstrated the potential to study at postgraduate level. Evidence usually includes a good first degree, 1st or 2.1 classification or equivalent. A relevant Master’s Degree would strengthen the application and provide further evidence of the capacity to study at a post-graduate level. 

As the programme will use a variety of teaching modalities and all assessments will be submitted electronically computer literacy is essential. 

Proficiency in English

If English is not your first language and your university qualifications were not taught and examined in English, you need to submit evidence of your ability in English language with your application. This should be an IELTS or TOEFL test if possible.

The minimum scores needed are: 7.0 for IELTS with no element below 6.5.

More information on this can be found at


Students with 'Home', EU/EEA and Island Status:

Years 1 and 2 – £4,200 per year; Years 3 to 5 – £2,340 per year.

These fees are higher than a standard PhD offered by the University, due to the learning sets offered in the first two years.  More information about fees and funding your postgraduate studies can be found on our postgraduate funding page.

How to apply

Applications for this course can be completed online. You will also need to complete a learning plan, and provide appropriate references

For more details, please visit our page on 'how to apply for a research degree', noting that this particular course uses a different proposal form (a Learning Plan Outline) to other PhDs run at Canterbury Christ Church University and you need to contact the Director of the programme Dr Alex Hassett rather than contacting potential supervisors.


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