Who is it for?

Our Professional Doctorate programme is aimed at busy full-time practitioners from a broad range of professions, both nationally and internationally. It aims to develop your leadership and applied research skills in professional practice.

This part-time programme is designed to be completed in four years and is delivered through flexible and blended learning. There will be two intensive 6-day residential periods each year, with interactive online learning activities and self-study occurring between times. 

We are bringing together academic experts from across the University to provide you with interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research, thereby enabling you to transcend boundaries and lead applied research that will help you transform lives and tackle complex challenges in unique ways.

What subjects do you offer a Professional Doctorate in?

Across the University, within the overall Professional Doctorate programme, you can work towards one of ten different awards ranging from Medicine to Art & Design. As part of that, within the School of Education and Social Work the awards available are:

While you would apply for the specific Professional Doctorate award you are interested in, you will also be part of the overall community of Professional Doctorate students across the University, participating in shared modules together, whilst also benefiting from close associations with your 'home' school. You will be allocated supervisors who are experts in your chosen discipline area. 

What is a Professional Doctorate about?

This type of doctorate will allow you to reflect on different elements of your professional practice and will contribute to developing evidence, practice and policy in your professional field. Whilst the Professional Doctorates does not certify competence to practice, it does provide you with an opportunity to enhance your own and others' practice.

A professionally based doctorate aims to:

  • critically appraise the current evidential basis of professional theory, policy and practice;
  • develop relevant advanced specialist research, development and dissemination skills;
  • make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy;
  • meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence; and,
  • widely disseminate that contribution to knowledge

More information can be found on the course pages linked above.