• For Entry: January
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Blended learning

Develop your leadership and applied research skills in professional practice with our suite of professional doctoral awards.

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The major challenges confronting society are complex and interdisciplinary, and current solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s intractable problems are not working. This complexity requires a different type of professional; one who is equipped to work in a very different and collaborative way to find new solutions. Our Professional Doctorate Programme will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to fulfil this role.

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.

With over 40 years of internationally renowned distance learning experience, we are well placed to support your learning on and off campus.

Within the overall Professional Doctorate programme you can work towards the following awards:

School of Art and Design:

  • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf

School of Education and Social Work:

  • Professional Doctorate in Community Learning and Development DCLD
  • Professional Doctorate in Education DEd
  • Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology DEdPsych
  • Professional Doctorate in Social Work DSW

School of Medicine:

  • Doctorate in Professional Practice DProf

School of Nursing & Health Sciences:

  • Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences DHSci

School of Social Sciences:

  • Professional Doctorate in Business Administration DBA
  • Professional Doctorate in Management DMan

You will apply for the specific Professional Doctorate award you are interested in, but you will 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.

This part-time programme is designed to be completed in four years and will be 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.

The first two years include core taught modules that all students undertaking the Professional Doctorate Programme will take together, along with transferable skills training conducted alongside other doctoral students. Years three and four include an option module (where you may elect to undertake a practice-based intervention module), one further core module and writing of the doctoral thesis.

You will be encouraged to:

  • Demonstrate critical insight into personal and professional identities
  • Engage critically with a range of research paradigms, theories and methodologies
  • Evaluate in-depth theory relating to leadership and change, applying this to different professional and interdisciplinary contexts
  • Utilise in-depth knowledge and skills in your discipline, to offer evidence-based solutions that are relevant and transferable across different contexts
  • Deploy design-led approaches to develop innovative solutions to complex professional challenges
  • Engage critically with a broad range of digital technologies, demonstrating knowledge and skills around access and utility
  • Apply advanced research knowledge and skills to influence policy, strategy, and leadership
  • Demonstrate confidence and expertise, in working with teams, to effectively evaluate and manage complex situations.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

The programme will be delivered by blended learning. You will attend face-to-face sessions on campus twice per year (January and June), for six days on each occasion. For the remainder of the time, you will engage in online teaching and learning, and self-directed study.

There will be emphasis on active learning, using participatory approaches, such as interactive workshops, seminars, group work, one-to-one supervision (in the thesis stage) and web conferences.

The programme has been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as ‘researching professionals’ within your own setting. To achieve this, we deploy teaching and learning activities that include group work to tackle issues in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.

How you will be assessed

Each module assessment includes subject-specific components to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the module topics. This is achieved through:

  • Written coursework
  • Continuous assessment
  • Blog entries
  • Oral presentations
  • Peer / self-review
  • Group projects

You are also expected to develop core programme skills throughout your studies and some of these, including digital literacy, critical thinking and writing, are tested across the modules; others, such as applying the principles of design-thinking and honing your dissemination and implementation skills, are linked to specific modules.

The thesis is the culmination of the Professional Doctorate Programme and tests your intellectual skills, creativity, problem-solving and ability to manage a complex and challenging piece of work.

In all written assessment work, you are expected to use a wide range of evidence to support your work.

What you will study

The programme consist of a set of core modules, and two optional modules. You must complete all core modules and one of the optional modules for the award of Professional Doctorate.

First year:

Core modules

Leadership in Professional Practice (January to April) 

This module explores professional issues by focusing on leadership, and the values, capabilities and attributes you associate with this. It provides you with an introduction to interprofessional challenges associated with leadership and prompts you to reflect on your professional identity and leadership style.

Professional Identities in a Changing World (May to August) 

This module is an opportunity to explore professional identities and, in doing so, gain increased appreciation of what different disciplines can contribute within interdisciplinary contexts. This, in turn, will equip you to work more effectively across interdisciplinary boundaries.

Research Methodologies for Interdisciplinarity (September to December) 

This module offers an introduction to research methodologies and concepts, with an emphasis on disciplinary similarities and differences, to ensure the development of relevant and actionable knowledge.

Second year

Core modules

Applied Research Methods for Strategic Tools (January to April)

This module encourages you to develop a deeper understanding of the way that research methods , quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, can be used effectively to address complex problems in practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Transforming Lives through Innovation (May to August)

The emphasis of this module is on encouraging you to engage with creativity and design approaches. You will become immersed in the iterative process of the design cycle in which problem solving and learning processes occur concurrently. For some of you this will be a completely new, challenging and invigorating approach; for others, those familiar with the process, it will be a case of explaining and engaging others in their disciplinary perspectives.

Critical Review of Literature and Practice (September to December)

This module will give you an in-depth understanding of approaches , and experience of how to apply them, for critically reviewing and synthesising existing knowledge and practice across different disciplines, enabling you to identify gaps suitable for further empirical investigation.

Third year

Core modules

Thesis (January to December)

This module aims to further advance your knowledge, skills and ability to conceptualise, create, implement and evaluate new approaches in your sphere of professional practice. You will develop a substantive piece of work (a 40,000 word thesis and viva voce examination), synthesising the learning from the associated Professional Doctorate modules, and demonstrating your ability to increase the knowledge base underpinning your discipline.  To facilitate your progression, a structured approach, with formative assessment (in addition to supervisors ongoing oversight of drafts and progress), is utilised; it is anticipated that this will promote your confidence and competence as you progress from third year to fourth year.

Plus one of the follow option modules

Practice-based Consultancy Intervention (May to August)

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the principles, tools and processes involved in applied consulting through a ‘hands on’ live project with an external organisation. It will be a practical experience designed to develop consultancy and other transferable skills related to managing change.

Coaching (May to August)

This module offers you an introduction to the concepts, skills and practice of coaching within organisational contexts and as part of an institutional development strategy. A central theme of this module is self-reflection within a framework of lifelong learning and organisational effectiveness. You will also be encouraged to explore interprofessional issues associated with coaching and creating a coaching culture within an organisation.

Fourth year

Core module

Thesis (January to December)

This module aims to further advance your knowledge, skills and ability to conceptualise, create, implement and evaluate new approaches in your sphere of professional practice. You will develop a substantive piece of work (a 40,000 word thesis and viva voce examination), synthesising the learning from the associated Professional Doctorate modules, and demonstrating your ability to increase the knowledge base underpinning your discipline.  To facilitate your progression, a structured approach, with formative assessment (in addition to supervisors ongoing oversight of drafts and progress), is utilised; it is anticipated that this will promote your confidence and competence as you progress from third year to fourth year.

Engagement and Impact (May to August)

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop confidence and expertise in planning and developing research outputs which will engage different audiences and have impact. The focus will be on the development of outputs from across the duration of the overall professional doctorate programme.

You will begin your Thesis module at the start of year three, once the assessments for years 1 and 2 have been completed. You will first develop a plan for your empirical work, building on exploratory work on the topic that you have undertaken over the first two years (informed by supervision, topic-related coursework and personal study).

This programme has been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as a ‘researching professional’ within your own setting and beyond. To achieve this, principles of professional learning are integrated throughout the learning and teaching, including:

  • A strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout the programme.
  • Opportunities to situate learning within contexts that are familiar to you and actively facilitating you to explore interdisciplinary practice in a broader range of disciplines and contexts.
  • An option for workplace ‘consultancy’ experience that combines research skills with practice-based interventions.
  • Teaching and learning that actively includes working as a group to address issues and challenges in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.
  • Opportunities to network locally, nationally and internationally

Whilst you will graduate with a unique range of attributes, fundamentally, this programme aims to create a community of scholars who display ‘doctoral characteristics’ – that is, the qualities and skills associated with doctoral graduates. It is also about preparing you for working in a post-digital world, where 21st century qualities, such as being value-based, reflective and transdisciplinary, are an expectation of professionals.

You must have a first or upper second class Honours degree or Masters degree or equivalent, plus 5 years professional practice experience.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 7.0
Listening 7.0
Reading 7.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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Graduates of the University of Dundee may be eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship if they are commencing this course in January 2019. The scholarship gives you a tuition fee discount of £1,500 per year of study. Please ask us for more details using the contact information below.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £4,320 per year of study
Rest of UK students £4,320 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £4,530 per year of study
Rest of UK students £4,530 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You will apply for the specific Professional Doctorate award you are interested in, but will 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.

Applicants will be asked to submit a written piece of work relating to the proposed broad topic they wish to focus on during their professional doctorate studies. This written piece of work will form the basis of the subsequent interview.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowProfessional Doctorate in Education DEdP060905

Course Contact

Dr Linda McSwiggan
11 Airlie Place
l.c.mcswiggan@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 388708

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