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A Database of Professional Doctorate Programmes Worldwide

This site lists doctoral qualifications aimed at those working in nursing, engineering, psychology, law, social work, education and a growing number of other professions.

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32732| Trinity College Dublin| Doctorate in Dental Surgery - Oral Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.)| [[Course Details]]
The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. There are six individual strands, five of which are currently available to applicants:

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

The three year clinical training programme is recognised as meeting the entry criteria for the speciality FFD examinations held by the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

It is the intention of the courses to develop clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge. Students are required to attend a course of study and to pass written and clinical examinations throughout the course. There is a significant academic component including design and completion of a research project with the submission of a thesis at Doctorate level at the end of the third year. The thesis will be the subject of a viva voce examination.

The first year of the programme is designed to provide a background in relevant sciences and to develop basic skills within the chosen speciality. The emphasis during the 2nd and 3rd years is on the development of high levels of diagnostic ability, treatment planning, operative skills and patient management.

[[Oral Surgery: Course Director Professor Leo Stassen]]
MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course. Experience in a hospital setting and in oral surgery is advisable. Publications in peer review journals are an advantage. The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of Oral Surgery (dentoalveolar surgery, implants, intra-oral soft tissue surgery and bone grafting). There are strong links with Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and other dental specialties, especially Periodontology, Prosthodontics and Special Needs Dentistry. There is a very strong component of Conscious Dental Sedation and students undertake the ACLS Course. Oral Surgery is a recognised Dental Speciality in Ireland. There are strict criteria for entry on the Oral Surgery Specialist Register in Ireland and advice on this is available on the Dental Council website.
32731| University of Bolton| MPhil English Specialisms| MPhil/PhD-level study is for English graduates, currently without a masters degree or equivalent postgraduate experience, who want to develop their knowledge of a specific area of English studies to a high level of academic achievement.

The MPhil/PhD is largely non-taught and your main submission will be a thesis written under the supervision of a member of staff (the director of studies) with expertise in the area chosen. Additional support is available from other internal/external academics. Your thesis will be a piece of original research that makes a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge in your particular field of study.

The broad topic to be investigated will be defined by you with more specific details agreed through discussion with the director of studies.

Particular areas of expertise in the department are the work of Virginia Woolf, women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries, Modernism, children’s literature, and literary and cultural theory.

[[Available Projects]]
Projects are available in the areas detailed in the 'research topics' section, above. Before submitting a formal application you should contact the postgraduate research degree admissions tutor in English to discuss the area in which you wish to work.

A more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between you and the supervisor(s) as part of the formal application process.

32730| University of Bolton| MPhil Creative Writing Specialisms| The MPhil/PhD in Creative Writing is for writers who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic and creative achievement.

Your studies will consist of research into a specific subject area relevant to your chosen field of creative endeavour and a substantial work of creative writing, consisting of a collection of poems, a prose work or a dramatic script for stage, screen or radio.

The subject of your academic study and your creative writing submission will be agreed with your tutor during the process of your application. It is expected that your final creative writing submission, and the process of its development, will be of a professional standard.

[[Available Projects]]
Examples of projects include a study of ‘victimhood’ in the novel in parallel with writing a novel involving victims, a study of metaphor in poetry as a means of helping people either as clients or therapists in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), war poetry and the poetry of confession.

Students embarking on creative writing PhDs tend to have developed particular areas of interest as part of an MA in Creative Writing from Bolton or elsewhere. For example, you may have a particular fascination with a creative or formal problem in your art or an interest in how writing can help in the community. There are many possibilities and it is worth discussing your ideas with us.

For more information please visit www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad
32725| Nottingham Trent University| Professional Doctorate in Education| This course has been designed to provide those who work in the broad area of the public and human service professions an opportunity to study part-time for a doctorate in one of three fields of professional activity – education, law, or social sciences.

Within the context of research, students will be expected to develop their understanding of particular subjects pertinent to their own research projects as an integral element of the enquiry process rather than being taught particular subjects within the course. Students are expected to gain further knowledge of subjects pertinent to their research through guided reading and discussion.

[[What will I study?]]
Students will undertake the following modules comprising six stages of their research project for the award of a professional doctorate in their chosen field. There are no optional modules.

Module one: Introduction: Research questions, aims and initial review of the literature (20 credits at D level).
Module two: Identity and Epistemology: Towards an understanding of literatures and conceptual frameworks (100 credits at D level).
Module three: Designing and using mixed methods in research concerning one of the three areas of professional activity (education, law and social professions) (60 credits at D level).
Module four: Designing and using mixed methods to complement the research in the preceding module concerning one of the three areas of professional activity (education, law and social professions) (60 credits at D level).
Module five: Thesis: Critical Reflection and Reflexivity (120 credits at D level).

Students who successfully complete the first four modules and who wish to terminate their studies will normally be eligible for an MPhil award. The final module, comprising a thesis and critical reflections on reflexive changes in knowledge derived from the student’s own study will be examined by viva voce examination.

The professional doctorate in Education involves students in two formal elements of activity: workshops and supervision of their own research projects.

[[Workshops]]
You will attend three to four two-day workshops, in Nottingham (Clifton campus and City site), in each of the first three years of your study. These are co-taught with the Legal Practice and Social Practice courses, and deal with topics that are generically relevant to research at doctorate level. Each workshop or group of workshops is linked to a specific stage in the project.

[[How will I be assessed?]]
Six formal documents that are presented as logical stages of the whole research project. Discussions concerning the development of research and group presentations with individual evaluation of the group.

We use diagnostic and formative feedback to support students in their ability to recognise strengths and weaknesses in their own research, and to negotiate targets for developing their study. All summative assessment is used to establish the level of achievement at the end of each module.

To obtain a doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) students must pass each stage of the course (360 credits at D level). The research is concluded with a viva voce examination based on their thesis and critical reflections and reflexivity regarding changes in knowledge and/or methodology and/or the self, mediated by the process of research.

To obtain an M.Phil. students must pass all four modules normally presented in the first two years of the course (240 credits at D level).

[[Teaching and learning]]
The Graduate School is committed to enhancing the quality of experience by providing a learning and teaching framework that supports independent and lifelong learners. Learning and Teaching approaches are diverse and continually monitored and developed to take account of new research, external reports and through staff development.
32652| Birmingham City University| Professional Doctorate in Education| [[Module 1: PG Cert Module 1 – Research Design]]

[[Module 2: PG Cert Module 2 – Literature Review]]

[[Module 3: Critical Perspectives 1]]

This module will enable participants to develop a critical understanding of the contexts within which professional practice is situated and to relate them to a critical examination of the contexts of, and the implications for, their own professional practice.

The course content is organised around four inter-related themes:
- Policy
- Institutions
- Learning
- Professional identities

The four themes are explored within two over-arching frameworks:
- Processes of change
- Theories and evidence

[[Module 4: Critical Perspectives 2]]

This module aims to introduce students to an array of new techniques and emerging philosophies available for critical analysis of practice and interrogation of existing theoretical concepts that underpin them.

The module is grounded in theoretical and epistemological foundations of educational research. There are two key elements, related to i) national and international debates on the nature of inquiry, values and positions of researchers; and ii) diverse underpinning epistemologies, theories and methodologies.

i) This element concerns the nature of educational research as a diverse and evolving multi-disciplinary field of endeavour. It addresses questions of ontology, epistemology and theory, as well as concerns about the usefulness and relevance of educational research. This leads to consideration of national and international debates about the nature of evidence and evidence-based practice and tensions that relate to paradigmatic divisions. Questions are raised about the identities of researchers, their moral judgements and values, as well as those of their sponsors. Hence, issues of ethics and politics are introduced and ways forward are considered.

ii) This element considers positivist and interpretive world views that are linked to quantitative and qualitative research (empiricism, post-positivism, critical realism, critical theory, postmodernism and social constructivism). Ways of bridging these world views are debated and the potential impact of digital research on educational inquiry is considered.

[[Module 5: Pilot Study]]

This module will enable participants to practise the skills of advanced academic enquiry by
- Justifying the selection of an area worthy of study in a relevant area
- Applying their knowledge of the methodological, epistemological and ontological perspectives found in educational research
- Distinguishing between and critically evaluating different research paradigms and the methods and techniques associated with them and positioning their work within these debates
- Taking and justifying an ethical stance on the research process
- Disseminating the outcomes of research to a range of audiences

You will also be required to complete a Doctoral Thesis.
32626| Mary Immaculate College, Limerick| MA in German Language & Culture in Europe (with UL)| This new taught master’s programme is run jointly by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Uniquely among the MA programmes in German Studies currently on offer at Irish universities, this MA programme takes account of recent changes in Ireland’s economic circumstances. The design of the course reflects Ireland’s increasing integration into ,and interdependency with, a constantly changing European Union in which Germany will continue to represent a crucial political, economic and cultural force.
32613| Swansea University| Materials Engineering EngD| Our EngD projects are defined by our long standing industrial sponsors and address operational requirements identified by these companies. Projects are focused on our established areas of engineering expertise.

We are a leader in developing new manufacturing processes and products, such as functional coated steel. Our research in this area is led by the SPECIFIC project, in collaboration with Tata Steel.

Research into advanced, structural materials is undertaken in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials based at Swansea. These projects are funded by the EPSRC Strategic Partnership in Structural Metals for Gas Turbines.

We also offer EngD programmes in the research areas of functional coatings and advanced manufacturing
32563| Swansea University| Medicine MD/MSc by Research| The College of Medicine invites applications from well-qualified candidates whose research interests correspond to the following expert-led research themes and technology platforms:

• Biomarker and Gene Discovery
• Microbiology, Infection and Immunology
• Devices
• Patient and Population Health
• Translational Medicine
• Informatics
• E-Health
• NanoHealth

The College also has strong links with the NHS and welcomes applications from candidates with a clinical research interest in:

• Ageing
• Accidents
• Ambulatory care
• Burns and plastics
• Cancer
• Cardiovascular disease
• Diabetes
• Epilepsy
• Gastroenterology
• Hospital at home
• Infectious diseases
• Pre-hospital care
• Psychiatry
• Rheumatology
• Trauma surgery
32558| Swansea University| Engineering Metals for Hight Performance Application EngD| Our EngD projects are defined by our long standing industrial sponsors and address operational requirements identified by these companies. Projects are focused on our established areas of engineering expertise.

We are a leader in developing new manufacturing processes and products, such as functional coated steel. Our research in this area is led by the SPECIFIC project, in collaboration with Tata Steel. Research into advanced, structural materials is undertaken in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials based at Swansea. These projects are funded by the EPSRC Strategic Partnership in Structural Metals for Gas Turbines.

We also offer EngD programmes in the research areas of functional coatings and advanced manufacturing. www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/engd
32472| Anglia Ruskin University| Professional Doctorate in Laws| The Professional Doctorate in Laws offers a route to a doctoral degree, and thereby the title of 'Doctor', but it is different to the traditional PhD. You will be required to research in your respective area of professional practice.

A key characteristic of our DProf is that it recognises the workplace as both the field for, and the beneficiary of, high-quality research. You should seek to integrate and diffuse your doctoral studies within your practice. In recognition of this our DProf has a shorter minimum completion time of 3 years (part-time), compared with our PhD (which is typically 4 years part-time).

Such a close relationship to your chosen field of investigation requires an appropriate balance between objectivity and subjectivity.

Our DProf differs from a PhD in that it:
- may be interventionist in its relationship to the topic being investigated
- uses an applied, problem-focused, or action-based approach
- invites you to become involved in implementing change in your organisation
- recognises the importance of advisers at your place of work
- enhances your development through the use and dissemination of your research findings.

Please note: All applications will be reviewed in the summer 2014 and you will be contacted in July with further information.
32471| Anglia Ruskin University| Professional Doctorate in Applied Linguistics| The Professional Doctorate in Applied Linguistics invites students and professionals to work on topics that reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field of applied linguistics which goes beyond the aspect of classroom-based language learning and teaching, and may include contemporary approaches such corpus-driven studies on testing or material compilation, or issues related to sociocultural adaptation and social cohesion in a migration context, to name but a few.

The aim is to truly reflect the role language as a communicative tool plays in people's everyday life, and the challenges related to it. The Professional Doctorate will introduce you to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on your current experience and context.

It is designed into two distinct stages: Stage 1, the portfolio stage, and Stage 2, the dissertation stage. In Stage 1 the research portfolio consists of three papers of 7,000 words each (21,000 words in total):

Paper 1: Key voices: context, practice and performance
Paper 2: Further conceptualisation and presentation of research
Paper 3: Establishing advanced research practice in applied linguistics: research proposal.
32380| University of Hertfordshire| Professional Doctorate in Design (DDes)| The Doctorate in Design (DDes) is aimed at academic staff in architecture and design broadly understood, in universities and institutes of higher education. It is a structured doctorate that can be undertaken part-time using a virtual research environment to deliver study materials and supervision. It is therefore ideal for candidates based overseas.

From 2014, studio space will be available at the University for part-time students for intensive blocks of study in UK.

The course directly addresses the international debate concerning the nature of research in creative disciplines and will equip successful candidates with a range of conceptual and practical tools with which to demonstrate leadership in this debate in their own fields. The course begins with a series of study and research skills, which provide a thorough grounding in the philosophical and theoretical issues surrounding notions of practice-led research and the relationship between academic and professional values. Once this phase has been completed, the candidate then undertakes an individual supervised research project in his or her own professional discipline.

After successfully completing the doctorate the candidate will have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue research and to contribute to the development of institutional and national structures for research in creative areas in their home countries.
32379| University of Hertfordshire| Professional Doctorate in Fine Art (DFA)| The Doctorate in Fine Art (DFA) is aimed at academic staff in architecture and design broadly understood, in universities and institutes of higher education. It is a structured doctorate that can be undertaken part-time using a virtual research environment to deliver study materials and supervision. It is therefore ideal for candidates based overseas.

The course directly addresses the international debate concerning the nature of research in creative disciplines and will equip successful candidates with a range of conceptual and practical tools with which to demonstrate leadership in this debate in their own fields. The course begins with a series of study and research skills, which provide a thorough grounding in the philosophical and theoretical issues surrounding notions of practice-led research and the relationship between academic and professional values. Once this phase has been completed, the candidate then undertakes an individual supervised research project in his or her own professional discipline.

After successfully completing the doctorate the candidate will have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue research and to contribute to the development of institutional and national structures for research in creative areas in their home countries.
30820| Royal Veterinary College| Intensive Livestock Health and Production| The MSc has been devised through input from academics and industry experts and provides a learning environment in which individuals can develop their conceptual approach to the intensive livestock food chain and their proficiencies in terms of skills, knowledge and attitudes as competent and reflective agri-food sector professionals.

The delivery mode is part-time, structured online Distance Learning (2-5 years), making the most effective use of virtual learning tools, including online library access, discussion forums, and multimedia resources. This delivery allows students to study for their qualification alongside work and family responsibilities. Students will however be required to attend campus for induction and some assessments depending on choice of elective modules at PG Diploma level.
Learning outcomes

MSc graduates will be able to:

Chicken abatoirUnderstand and evaluate theories, methods and practice of the agri-food system that can be applied to their area of the intensive livestock production industry
Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and new insights from across the intensive livestock production industry
Develop new processes/techniques to improve intensive livestock production, supporting animal health and welfare
Identify, critically assess and address the emerging needs of the intensive livestock sector
Adopt new techniques to improve skills development
Be a reflective, self-evaluative and self-managing professional
Critically appraise research and practices in livestock and related food production fields, and develop skills to undertake qualitative and quantitative research using appropriate methods
Continue to develop independent and lifelong learning skills to promote their own personal and professional development as producers, researchers and leaders.
30722| University of the West of England, Bristol| Health Psychology (Professional Doctorate)| The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is designed to provide a doctoral level education and professional qualification.

You will be working in an appropriate health setting, with agreed release to attend Professional Doctoral training schools and supervision meetings over the three year period.

During each year you will attend UWE for a number of Professional Doctorate Training Days for a total of approximately 14 days. Each year ends with a review day.
30689| University of Sussex| Doctor of Education (EdD)| The part-time EdD is one of our most longstanding and successful doctoral courses. Our graduates come from all fields of education, as well as from other public services such as health, social services, youth services, voluntary organisations and public administration. This degree is designed to complement your professional activities, enabling you to continue to build and develop your career while studying. Structured through weekend workshops, the course provides the opportunity for you to be part of a diverse cohort, benefiting from the experience of colleagues engaged in critical issues and seeking solutions to problems in their professional practice.

You will reflect on problems that are of direct relevance to professional interests and institutional concerns, and develop your research and inquiry skills and a deep understanding of the nature and conduct of research and evaluation in professional settings.

Course structure

Phase 1: Research and the professional: 8,000-word essay plus 10,000-word report

Phase 2: Developing critical perspectives: 18,000-word review

Completing Phases 1 and 2 normally takes two years.

Phase 3: Research component: 40,000-50,000-word thesis. Phase 3 normally takes three years.

During the first two phases of the degree, there are six weekend workshops per year. Facilitated by leading academics in their field, these workshops provide a lively intellectual environment in which to develop and hone your research skills. There is a strong emphasis on participatory and collaborative working, sharing and benefiting from each other’s professional experience.

In Phase 3, you will work with your supervisor on the preparation of your thesis. This normally takes between two and four years. During this phase, you will meet with your peers once a term to maintain the momentum of co-operative and interprofessional learning. Communication between workshops is sustained through a virtual learning environment.

Assessment and progression


The EdD is at a level equivalent to the traditional PhD with structured progression through the degree, including a formal taught component for the first two years.

You will need to pass each assignment and demonstrate that you can work to a good doctoral standard in order to progress to the final phase of the degree. This involves doing research, written up as a 50,000-word thesis, judged by an internal and an external examiner for the award of the degree of Doctor of Education (EdD). The examination includes an oral defence which you will be required to attend in the UK, in accordance with the regulations for the professional doctorate.

Recent thesis titles


Action learning and primary teachers’ pedagogical knowledge in mathematics

Does the use of a learning platform support approaches to personalised learning in the classroom?

Labour of love: emotions and identities in doctoral supervision

Who do you think you are? Investigating the multiple identities of speakers of other languages teaching English
30688| University of Sussex| Doctor of Social Work (DSW)| The part-time DSW is at a level equivalent to the traditional PhD. It suits mid-career professionals in social work, social care or related fields such as health, criminal justice, substance misuse, or youth and community work wanting to take a research-oriented approach to their professional concerns and interests. People who move from practice into Higher Education also find this doctoral degree provides a bridge into a research environment.

Structured through weekend workshops, the course provides the opportunity for you to be part of a diverse cohort, benefiting from the experience of colleagues engaged in critical issues and seeking solutions to problems in their professional practice.

The DSW is provided jointly with the Doctor of Education (EdD). It is distinguished from the traditional doctoral route (PhD) by including a structured taught research training module in Years 1 and 2, designed for part-time professional students.

During the first two phases of the degree, there are six weekend workshops per year.

Facilitated by leading academics in their field, these workshops provide a lively intellectual environment in which to develop and hone your research skills. There is a strong emphasis on participatory and collaborative working, sharing and benefiting from each other’s professional experience.

In Phase 3, you will work with your supervisor on the preparation of your thesis. This normally takes between two and four years. During this phase, you will meet with your peers once a term to maintain the momentum of co-operative and interprofessional learning. Communication between workshops is sustained through a virtual learning environment.
30648| University of Birmingham| Forensic Clinical Psychology Doctorate| This is the first practitioner Doctorate in the UK to provide people who complete the course eligibility to practise in two different branches of applied psychology, in this case Forensic and Clinical Psychology. Successful completion of the course will lead to a dual qualification conferring eligibility to practise as a Forensic and Clinical psychologist. The course will run in collaboration with St Andrew’s Healthcare.

This Doctorate in Forensic Clinical Psychology programme is aimed at psychologists wishing to work in forensic and clinical settings who need skills from both forensic and clinical disciplines. Self funding trainees will also be considered. The programme is four years long in duration, and took its first intake of five trainees in September 2013.

Approval for the programme has been granted by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accreditation has been received from the British Psychological Society (BPS) for dual recognition in Forensic and Clinical Psychology. Candidates who complete the programme successfully will be eligible to become Chartered Forensic and Clinical Psychologists within the BPS and to apply for registration with the HCPC as Forensic and Clinical Psychologists.

The programme seeks to train reflective scientist-practitioners who are able to use their core knowledge and skills to formulate problems in psychological terms and draw creatively on theories and techniques from the discipline of psychology to find feasible solutions to a wide range of presenting issues, considering both clinical and forensic approaches. There is an increasing need in prisons and in the community for skills that draw upon both forensic and clinical disciplines. A large number of individuals within prison and probation settings have mental health problems, while some of those in forensic mental health settings need robust risk assessment to identify criminogenic need and inform release decisions. The programme is deliberately generic to promote flexibility but also emphasises evidence-based practice. In line with NICE guidelines and the ‘What Works’ approach, special consideration is given to cognitive-behavioural approaches.
30588| University of Birmingham| Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD)| This programme comprises a combination of academic teaching, research and research training, and professional training during clinical placements. You complete five placements in a range of health settings in the West Midlands. We encourage an attitude of critical open-mindedness to a range of theories and models, and emphasise the importance of evidence-based practice and reflection on clinical work.

The programme is examined by continuous assessment, with students completing a series of assignments and projects over the three years.

Research, which is conducted in the second and third years of the programme, is written up for examination in the form of two papers for publication. The programme is organised on a collaborative basis with local NHS psychologists, and many local clinicians are involved in teaching.

Birmingham is one of the major centres for clinical psychology training in the UK and most graduates take up posts in NHS departments. Most candidates offered a place on the programme are funded by salaries provided by the NHS, however we will consider a small number of overseas self funding applicants for 2014 entry. Candidates normally apply through the clearing house in clinical psychology (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/). However, overseas candidates should contact the admissions tutor (Ruth Howard) directly r.a.howard.20@bham.ac.uk or the admissions secretary Ann Begum a.a.begum@bham.ac.uk - Tel +44 121 414 7124
30575| University of Bath| Doctor of Education (EdD)| [[Overview]]
The Doctor of Education degree is aimed at experienced educational professionals and sets out to place you at the leading edge of your professional field in terms of knowledge, awareness and understanding.

The professional doctorate is for those who are eager to make substantial and original contributions to the development of educational knowledge in a broad range of settings.

The degree meets the need for the highest levels of professional development and training of both educators and those concerned with educational policy and administration. The prime focus is on the interplay between the multi-dimensional practices of education and scholarship.

The degree is designed to engage current practitioners with knowledge, awareness and understanding of the philosophical, organisational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and other educational institutions.

Exploration of the nexus between theory and practice begins with a series of taught units that will develop you capability to perceive critical issues facing educators and policymakers today through the lens of contemporary and historical research and philosophy. This broad foundation will enable you to hone your specific interests towards the conduct of supervised research that will make an original contribution to your field.

[[Programme features]]
- a high-level academic study of a range of educational and professional issues
- four tutored units and a supervised research component
- will enable you to make a contribution to knowledge through unit assignments, and through your research enquiry
- focus on the interplay and relationship between professional practice and scholarship.

[[Programme structure]]
You will complete four taught units (two are optional) before moving onto the Research Enquiry.
Core units

- Educational Research: philosophy and practice
- Educational Policy: theory and practice

Optional units

- Curriculum philosophy and practice
- Educational management, leadership and administration
- International education: philosophy and practice
- Language, culture and education
- Philosophy of education
- Pilot research enquiry *
- Reading paper *

* If your background and experience is appropriate, one of your units can be a reading paper or a pilot research enquiry.

[[Learning and teaching]]
Each unit is led by a specialist tutor and comprises:

- Tutored time - 40 hours involving you in lectures, group work and individual or paired tasks.
- Independent study - 80 hours in which you will research issues raised in tutored time and plan, research and write the Unit Assignment.

Studying by means of directed learning is currently possible for some units. In the Research Enquiry phase, a supervisor and co-supervisor will be responsible for giving you advice and support, and monitoring your progress.

[[Intensive teaching weeks]]
On-campus units are offered at specific times of the year according to a programme published in advance.

The Summer School normally runs for three weeks from the beginning of July, one or two units are also usually offered in January (applications for both must be made via Summer School process).

One core and one optional unit are typically offered via distance learning in either the spring or autumn term.

[[Methods of assessment]]
Units will normally be assessed through one assignment of 8,000 words.

Your Research Enquiry will be assessed through a viva voce examination at the University by a member of staff (not your supervisor) and by an external examiner especially appointed to your thesis. The Research Enquiry must provide evidence of originality of mind and critical judgement about your chosen aspect of education, and must contain material which is worthy of publication.

[[Entry requirements]]
Academic requirements

- First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.
- Advanced qualification (MEd, MA or MPhil) in education or a related field. Alternatively, the completion of two Masters level education-focused units at the University of Bath will be considered.

Professional requirements

- Appropriate professional experience in the practice of education or a related field.

English Language requirements
(Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.)

- IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
- TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

References

- Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference.

[[Financial information]]

Please see the programme page for full programme fees.
30544| University of Bedfordshire| Professional Doctorate in Journalism, Media, Television & Cinema| The University of Bedfordshire offers an exciting Professional Doctorate programme especially designed for professionals in the media industries. Successful completion of the programme provides one of the highest qualifications equivalent to that of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and leading to the title of Doctor.

This is a part-time programme designed to be taken alongside your day job, and your research project should be directly relevant to your professional practice. We offer the Professional Doctorate in subjects as diverse as Journalism, Media, Television, and Cinema.

The Professional Doctorate is provided by the Institute for Media, Arts and Performance, which has been recognized for its world leading and internationally excellent research, and an expert in your field will supervise you. You can read more about our team at: http://www.beds.ac.uk/rimap/people

We would be delighted to talk your ideas and proposals through with you. Please contact Professor Noha Mellor (details below).
30345| University of Strathclyde| Engineering Doctorate in Advanced Manufacturing| Engineering Doctorates in Advanced Manufacturing for Engineers and Scientists

University of Strathclyde – Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) Department for Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM)

(4 year programme) fully funded scholarships available for an Engineering Doctorate in Advanced Manufacturing (EngD)

September 2014

This Engineering Doctorate is offered by the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre (AMIDC) (www.strath.ac.uk/afrc/amidc). The Centre, which focuses on developing new and enhanced manufacturing techniques within the forming sector is a joint collaboration between Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM). The AMIDC is the only established forging and forming research centre in the UK.

Students will undertake focused research to understand and develop solutions to the technical issues associated with manufacturing in an industrial context. The outputs from these projects will contribute valuable research to support the Manufacturing Industry, and working within sponsored companies will enable EngD candidates to help resolve issues and push the boundaries of current manufacturing techniques.

We are currently looking for outstanding graduates to join our September 2014 cohort who have achieved or are expected to achieve a first or second class Honours degree in Engineering, Science or Technology subject, or a Masters in Engineering.

Funding Opportunities

UK applicants are eligible to apply for the full scholarship (covering fees and stipend) The annual tax-free stipend starting at 15k.

EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years or more are also eligible for the full (stipend and fees) scholarship. EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more are eligible for fees only support but can apply for partial University funding.

Overseas applicants are not eligible for EPSRC funding support as part of this programme, but can apply for partial University funding or on a self funded basis.

For more information on Strathclyde University tuition fees please visit:
www.strath.ac.uk/tuitionfees/

Other criteria for Eligibility for more information on eligibility please visit the
EPSRC studentship pages.

Please visit our website: http://www.strath.ac.uk/afrc/amidc/, or contact our Programme Coordinator: engd@afrc.org.uk for more information.



30293| University of East London| Professional Doctorate Data Science| The Professional Doctorate in Data Science is aimed at professionals who wish to enhance and/or validate data-centric, evidence-based approaches within their chosen career through a combination of taught modules and doctoral research. A cross-disciplinary approach is central to the delivery of this programme and is therefore suitable for professionals in a broad range of professional disciplines and areas of employment.

According to Hal Varian, Google Chief Economist, “The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades.” It is these skills and the knowledge at depth that underpins them that are the focus of this programme.

The taught elements include:

Data ecology
Research Methods for Technologists
Applied Research Tools and Techniques
Spatial Data Analysis
Analysing Qualitative Data
Advanced Decision Making
Work-based Project Review

The doctoral research element will focus on pure or applied aspects of Data Science within the student’s main discipline or area of employment. The programme is unique, internationally, in offering a Professional Doctorate qualification in Data Science.

The taught modules on this programme are available to be taken as credit bearing short courses by suitably qualified individuals.
30099| Sheffield Hallam University| Business and Management Programme| This course is for graduates wanting to further develop their understanding of a particular subject and carry out research that will lead to a PhD.

We provide comprehensive research training through our MRes Business. We also provide support from a supervisory team in areas linked to all our research centres. These include
• Centre for Individual and Organisational Development
• Centre for Facilities Management Development (CFMD)
• Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research (CTHER)
• Centre for Food Innovation (CFI)

Your supervisory team includes a director of studies and a second supervisor with expertise and interest in your research area. However, you do much of the work for a research degree on your own and you need the self-drive and motivation to finish a course of research extending over several years.

Achieving a PhD shows your ability to carry out academic research that you can defend as being methodologically justifiable and an original contribution to academic knowledge. It is your demonstration of this ability that determines your suitability for the award.

A doctorate can lead to career advancement in public, private or voluntary organisations, academia or consultancies.

For more information view the Sheffield Business School research degrees website.
30046| Sheffield Hallam University| Business Administration International| The DBA International is a dual degree in collaboration with Business School Netherlands, one of the leading business schools in the Netherlands. When you successfully complete it you receive an award from both Sheffield Hallam and the Business School Netherlands.

This course provides you with in-depth study and personal scholarship in a specialist professional area. It enables you to make an independent and original contribution to knowledge and the practice of management and the professions.

You gain sound research training and development, allowing you to complete your research successfully and to continue your contribution to knowledge. You work with other senior managers and professionals to build a community of reflective practitioners.

The course enables you to

• make a contribution to the theory and practice of management in your profession through your thesis
• complete rigorous business and management research to improve organisational decision making
• consider management and professional problems from many perspectives
• assess your own insights and impact as a manager
• continue to build on your learning through working as a reflective practitioner

Completing the course also helps you to enhance leadership, management and business success, particularly in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Africa and Asia.
30040| Sheffield Hallam University| In Education| Conduct advanced-level study and research into education that develops your own professional practice with a specialist doctorate. You significantly deepen your knowledge of aspects of policy and practice in education and produce a thesis, an original contribution to knowledge, which can help to advance both your career and the field of education itself.

Key points
• Suitable for professionals in education, training and allied fields.
• Develop your research practice through advanced study and research.
• Complete a 50-60,000 word thesis and four modules.
• Produce work which makes an original contribution to your area of professional practice

The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an advanced programme of study and research at doctoral level. We designed it for professionals in education, training and allied fields who wish to enquire into and develop their professional practice through advanced-level study and research.

The course allows you to
• deepen your knowledge base in research and scholarship on professional policy and practice in education
• address in depth issues derived from your own experience and practice
• develop and apply your expertise in methods of research
• produce work which makes an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your area of professional practice

This programme recruits every two years.
30037| Sheffield Hallam University| Research Degrees – Materials and Engineering Research Institute| Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and systematic, high level study of a research project. The nature of the work and the time it takes to finish the research means a research degree is demanding and needs great commitment.

You must present your results in a thesis, explain the methods used in your research and defend them in an oral examination.

To get an MPhil you must critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and display an understanding of suitable research methods.

For a PhD you must also make an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

Split PhD
A split PhD is a research degree programme which is ideal if you are an international student wanting to study from your home country. You register for a Sheffield Hallam University PhD and spend some time studying in Sheffield but are substantially based in your home country.

The balance of study between us and the overseas university is agreed between you and your supervisors, depending on the needs of your research programme.

The benefits of studying on the split PhD scheme include
• you can complete fieldwork in your home country, in an area directly linked to your professional or career development interests
• access to local facilities and supervisory support in your home country combined with the expert supervisory guidance of our academics
• short, intensive periods of face-to-face working with a dedicated supervisory team in Sheffield, while enjoying the educational, social and cultural benefits of studying in the UK

Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)
MERI is a multi-disciplinary research institute encompassing four research centres each with their own specialist groups operating within them. We undertake high quality academic research across a range of disciplines and apply this research knowledge in a commercial and industrial context. Research areas include • polymers and composites • solar energy • structural integrity and corrosion • functional coatings • simulation and modelling • robotics.
29841| Anglia Ruskin University| Professional Doctorate in Science and Technology| Our new Professional Doctorate in Science and Technology is the first course of its kind in the UK. Specifically designed for professionals who are already working full-time in the industry, it offers an innovative and flexible alternative to a traditional PhD.

By allowing candidates to fit their studies around their work and family life the course enables practicing professionals to utilise their expertise and experience to carry out groundbreaking research in their field.

We currently offer this Professional Doctorate in the following specialist areas:

• Sport
• Built Environment
• Equine Sport Sciences
• Forensic Science
• Sustainability and the Environment
• Biological Conservation


The Professional Doctorate is aimed at experienced professionals working in either the public or private sectors.

[[Why A Professional Doctorate?]]
A Professional Doctorate enables candidates to develop a very strong synergy between their doctorate and their work practice.

This doctorate offers the opportunity to solve a real-world problem in the workplace, through provision of a confidential multidisciplinary forum for the open discussion of ideas, and improving practice. It allows the candidate to improve and change practice whilst achieving a Doctorate qualification.

[[Structure]]
The programme of study is divided into two stages. Stage 1 which focuses on research design and skill development takes 16 to 24 months to complete. Candidates can exit at this point with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research.

Stage 2 typically takes 20-36 months to complete and leads to a Professional Masters (MProf) or the full Professional Doctorate upon completion of a thesis, depending on your performance.

The design of the Professional Doctorate allows maximum flexibility, enabling busy professionals to create a schedule that fits around their existing commitments. It is supported but five Saturday workshops and five supervisory sessions each year, in addition to continuous online support via a dedicated virtual learning environment.

The workshops allow the presentation of candidate’s research to a critical multi-disciplinary audience of supervisors and fellow professionals in a supportive, non-threatening environment. These workshops also provide the opportunity to build lasting relationships with other industry practitioners.

Our distance learning environment provides candidates with the full support of our experienced supervisory staff throughout the entire programme. Just as importantly, you will be part of an online community of Professional Doctorate candidates each carrying out research in a related field. So you will not only enjoy the support of your peers, you will also be encouraged to challenge each other's thinking and explore new areas and ideas.

[[Assessment]]
Assessment is carried out via three research papers in Stage 1, followed by the completion of a thesis and viva voce at the end of Stage 2.

29830| University of Bedfordshire| Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy (BSO)| [[Key features]]

• Includes relevant subjects usually not associated with osteopathic practice
• Opportunities to make original contributions to osteopathic knowledge

[[About the course]]

This course is the first of its kind in the world. It is likely to appeal to osteopaths working in osteopathic education interested in enhancing their career; osteopaths who wish to follow an academic career in osteopathy without necessarily wanting to teach; and individuals who want to take up the challenge of doctoral level study as part of their personal and professional development.

[[Career opportunities]]

Currently, there is no formal career structure within clinical osteopathy. However, for osteopaths working in osteopathic education, or for those wishing to pursue research and critical investigation into osteopathy, this course will equip them with the skills to become researchers, thinkers and potential leaders within the profession.

[[Areas of study may include]]

• Characteristics of osteopathic expertise
• The nature of evidence in clinical decision-making
• Reflective narrative and self-reflection in developing clinical expertise
• Different models of osteopathic care worldwide
• The role of osteopathy in the broader health care context

29780| Sheffield Hallam University| Professional Studies| [[At a glance]]

Study for a professional doctorate designed to develop your ability to work at the highest academic level in an applied professional context. Equivalent to a PhD, the goal of your doctorate is to develop your practice as an experienced professional in health, social care, biomedical science or sport and exercise science.

[[Key points]]
• Develop your professional expertise to doctorate level.
• Develop advanced research skills to further evidence-based practice in your role.
• Benefit from the support of specialist research centres.
• Study part time to give you the flexibility needed to pursue your career and your studies.

Study at the highest academic level on an interprofessional course designed for experienced professionals from all areas of health, social care, biomedical science and sport and exercise science. It allows you to focus on your specific research interests to gain a professional doctorate award.

Professional doctorates are equivalent to PhDs but focus on the development of professional practice and suit the needs of experienced professionals. The programme brings together the very latest professional practice with academic theory in order to make an original contribution of knowledge to your profession.

Advanced level clinical, scientific and practice leaders are needed in all professional groups. These leaders need to be able to provide examples of excellence in their own fields, as well as communicating and collaborating effectively with other professions.

The professional areas of health, social care, biomedical science, and sport and exercise science interact and overlap in increasingly productive ways. In these areas the growing emphasis on evidence-based practice means that professionals need a sophisticated and critical understanding of a range of research methods and outputs.

These research skills are required to develop and use appropriate methodologies in your own areas of practice, as well as an understanding of the research perspectives of the professional areas you interact with.

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