DProf/MRes Research in Health Professions Education

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    DProf. 4Yr FT
    DProf 6Yr PT
    M.Res. 1Yr FT
    M.Res. 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

On practice, in practice. The Research in Health Professions Education (RiHPE) programme at Swansea is comprised of two supported research degrees, which give candidates full training in research methods and then the opportunity to complete a short research project (M.Res) or to conduct detailed doctorate-level research (D.Prof). Candidates will normally be undertaking research in their place of practice, on topics that are directly relevant to their roles as educators and healthcare professionals. All candidates will be given full face-to-face training on the theory, planning and practise of research before undertaking their research dissertation. The programme is suitable for anyone who wishes to undertake rigorous, practise-focused research into the education of health professionals. This may include doctors, nurses, allied health staff, academic educators, social care professionals and psychologists. Trainees are also welcome.

Key Features

Supported programme of research in education for the health professions, featuring

  • Full training and support in a broad range of research methods
  • Emphasis is research-on-practise, meaning research can be conducted in place of work
  • Focused, taught analysis of the evidence base for current practise in health professions education
  • Supported development of a research proposal, including literature review, methodological approaches and ethical approval
  • Support from an outstanding community of experienced researchers to address specific training and research needs
  • Use of an experienced Supervisory Team approach to ensure broad support across a range of needs


These research degrees combine an initial, modular, taught element with supervised research to the Masters (M.Res) or Doctoral (D.Prof) level. Candidates undertake three face-to-face taught modules which cover research methods, critical appraisal, and the application of those concepts to the education of healthcare professionals. D.Prof candidates also undertake a parallel 60 credit portfolio, in which they develop their research proposal, identify and address training needs and complete a reflective analysis of the likely impact of their proposed research on their field and on them as practitioners and individuals.

Entry Requirements

Admission to either M.Res or D.Prof will normally require at least a 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate subject. There is also provision for admission that takes into account work experience when the applicant have an undergraduate degree but not at a 2:1 honours level (contact RiHPE@swansea.ac.uk). Most applicants will have an equivalent qualification in an area of professional practice (e.g. B.Sc Nursing, MBBCh etc).

Applicants who have already completed masters-level taught modules with outcomes that are significantly similar to those in the taught phase of the programme may be allowed to APeL those credits into Phase 1. This decision will have to be made on a case-by-case basis by the Programme Director and the College’s APL Committee.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency according to Swansea University guidance for postgraduate programmes (IELTS Score 6.5/TOEFL 570)

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for this course www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
DProf. Full-time £4,345 £19,650
DProf Part-time £2,172.50 £9,850
M.Res. Full-time £4,345 £19,650
M.Res. Part-time £2,172.50 £9,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from UKRI

If your course starts in January, April or July 2019 please refer to the 2018/19 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Tuiton fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student i.e. purchase of books or stationary, photocopying, printing and binding charges.