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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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    69333| University of Portsmouth| Doctorate in Business Administration|
    • Part-time
    • January, May, September
    • DBA
    •  Four years and four months (part-time) – with the option to extend
    • January 2023
    • £35,000 

    Discover how to confidently and expertly lead organisations to success.

    There’s never been a more crucial time to develop your management and leadership skillset.

    Technological advancements and globalisation have forced organisations, regardless of size, to become internationally minded. This, in turn, has caused the roles of those in business administration to evolve.

    Organisations need professionals with sophisticated research skills, who understand the needs of the industry and are able to both transfer and employ academic knowledge.

    Why this Doctorate in Business Administration?

    Our Global Doctorate in Business Administration* (DBA) is a high-level, professional business and management programme with international focus.

    Fully online and part-time, this course is designed for private and public sector management professionals, keen to take their careers to new heights whilst continuing with their current work.

    In your first year, you’ll experience rigorous taught modules, progressing onto the research phase of the programme. Your supervisory team will support though throughout, as you conduct applied, work-based research on topics of your choosing.

    This is your opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skillset, whilst helping to solve business challenges in your workplace, immediately and well into the future.

    Find out more about what makes this DBA the best choice for you.

    *Subject to final validation

    What you’ll study

    Combining theory and application, the Global DBA will help improve your practice as a more efficient, agile leader.

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Perform ethical research of real-life business and managerial issues in a multidisciplinary, complex environment
    • Effectively manage and implement financial, physical, and human resources in your organisation
    • Gain the most up-to-date knowledge of your specialist area
    • Think in new ways, question convention, and provide authoritative answers to research and practical challenges
    • Become an inspirational leader in an ever-changing environment of professional practice.

    For a breakdown of each module you’ll cover, get in touch with our team today.

    How you learn and how you’re assessed

    This programme is 100% online, and as a part-time, flexible course, it fits around busy lifestyles. All of your course materials can be found on Moodle, our virtual learning environment – on demand and available no matter where you are. Study resources might include webinars, podcasts, discussion forums, videos, and more.

    When it comes to monitoring your progress, you’ll be assessed through the coursework you submit online. It could include written assignments and a research and development project. You’ll also have the chance to receive formal and informal feedback throughout the course from your tutors and peers, and will be encouraged to self-reflect and evaluate your own performance too.

    Discover more about online learning at Portsmouth and book your virtual Moodle tour with one of our course advisors.

    Career prospects and support

    Earning a DBA shows the world you are not only an authority in your chosen field, but you’re driven to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Unlike a PhD, the DBA’s hands-on approach to applied business theory means that when you graduate, you’ll be in a position to act as the bridge between the business and academic world. All of this makes you an attractive prospect to employers.

    Should you need advice or support, our brilliant Careers and Employability Service are on hand to help.

    Entry requirements

    • A postgraduate qualification or equivalent in a relevant management-related subject
    • At least three years’ business and management experience
    • Proof that you’ve recently undertaken Continuing Professional Development or leadership experience in a relevant business area and management/management science will also be taken into account
    • IELTS level 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component) or other evidence of English language proficiency, if it isn’t your first language.

     You’ll also be asked to submit:

    • research proposal and a personal statement
    • Evidence of your first degree and grades (officially certified and translated copies if they aren’t in English)
    • Evidence of a relevant postgraduate degree with a minimum of 60 credits completed
    • Two referees or references on official headed paper (ideally one should be an academic reference)
    • Proof of your English language proficiency (see above)
    • A current copy of your CV

    Once we’ve taken a look at your application, we might invite you to an online interview.

    Not sure if you’re eligible to apply? Get in touch with one of our friendly and expert course advisers to discuss your experience and options on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email [email protected]

    69191| University of Stirling| Health Psychology DPsych|

    Health Psychology can help to address health challenges affecting people’s day to day lives, prevent illness and foster health and well-being.

    This course will train you to develop scientific and practitioner skills in Health Psychology, and to be eligible to become a health psychologist. It is based on real-world placement learning, and includes regular teaching and workshops. 

    You'll acquire specific competencies as defined by the British Psychological Society. You'll also gain competence in carrying out a piece of high quality empirical research to a standard publishable in peer review journals.

    Supervision is provided by the experienced and enthusiastic health team in Psychology. We have an excellent international reputation in the field of Health Psychology with a record of high quality research into health and health behaviour.

    Overseas candidates are expected to commence and undertake most of their training in the UK.

    Top-up Research Doctorate in Health Psychology

    The Professional Doctorate award is also available for study via a two year part-time top-up research doctorate route. Applicants who already hold a doctoral level (practitioner) qualification in Health Psychology via the British Psychological Society (QHP), and are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a ‘Health Psychologist’ will be eligible to complete the research module for award of the Professional Doctorate degree.

    Students following this route will be required to complete the ‘Applied Research in Health Psychology’ module, via one-to-one supervision.

    On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • show an advanced knowledge of Health Psychology theory, research and methods
    • develop, deliver and evaluate evidence-based health interventions
    • maintain high ethical and professional standards in Health Psychology practice and research
    • provide consultancy for individuals, teams or organisations
    • design, deliver and evaluate training courses in Health Psychology

    Professional Accreditation

    On successful completion of this 'Stage 2' training, you'll be eligible for registration with the HCPC under the protected title of ‘Health Psychologist’. 

    You will also be eligible to apply for full membership of the Division of Health Psychology and can become a BPS Chartered Health Psychologist.

    This Professional Doctorate Health Psychology degree is fully accredited and commended by the British Psychological Society.

    Work Placements

    Placements are an integral part of this course and you can work in a wide range of settings, including the NHS, local government, health and social care, third sector (charities) or other organisations. In most cases you'll identify your own main placement, and this will need to be organised and approved as part of the application and admissions process. Placements can be paid or unpaid, in your own workplace or elsewhere, or can be carried out on a voluntary basis.

    Placements must cover at least two broad areas of work. This could be one main placement supplemented by shorter pieces of work elsewhere, or by time split more or less equally between two placements, or they can be sequential over time.

    Overseas candidates are expected to start and undertake most of their training in the UK.

    Examples of placements with our current trainees include:

    • A mental health charity, providing health behaviour interventions for clients, and training staff providing support for people with complex behavioural problems in GP practices
    • Providing training for hospital staff in motivational approaches and behaviour change, and contributing to staff well-being support during the Covid 19 pandemic
    • Working with people with learning disabilities
    • Working in primary care to deliver health psychology interventions

    Course Details

    The course focuses on developing high quality practice and research skills and your capacity to work as an independent scientist-practitioner. It emphasises person-centred and collaborative ways of working, which are characteristic of Health Psychology approaches.

    This course will aim to prepare you for working in multidisciplinary contexts, in the context of the Scottish and UK Government targets for improvement of the nation’s health. This acknowledges the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic and cultural factors.

    Psychology at the University of Stirling has a long history of collaboration with local and national health care providers, and community groups. Course team members have been involved in many collaborative research projects, teaching and professional consultancy. Existing links to the local, national and international health and healthcare community will be fostered and developed in the Professional Doctorate. Stirling is also committed to increasing patient and public involvement (PPI) from the local community. We have PPI representatives on our Course Steering Group and will involve patient and carer groups as far as possible in different aspects of the course.

    After you graduate

    Health Psychology is a flexible and broad field of study and this is reflected in the wide variety of work that health psychologists can do. For example, within policy bodies, public health or clinical health services such as the UK NHS, and also in health and social care, in communities, workplaces and in the third sector (charitable organisations).

    Examples of possible roles for qualified Health Psychologists are:

    • delivering health assessments and management strategies for chronically ill patients, for example, those with cancer or chronic pain
    • providing rehabilitation or prehabilitation courses, e.g. for patients with coronary heart disease
    • working to support patients and carers in patient support organisations
    • behaviour change consultancy with primary health care teams in the community
    • health education and health promotion in educational or industrial settings
    • conducting evaluative research in order to provide a research evidence base for health policy decisions
    • influencing health behaviours, for example in smoking cessation courses, weight reduction groups, or with sexual health care providers
    • carrying out teaching and research for health care students in academic settings
    • teaching and training NHS health and social care professionals – such as pharmacists, dentists, social workers
    68917| University of Dundee| Art and Design (Professional Doctorate) DProf|

    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.

    You apply for a specific award, but you will be part of the overall community of Professional Doctorate students across the University You will participate in shared modules, but will benefit from supervisors who are experts in your chosen discipline area.

    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

    Teaching will be delivered by blended learning, you will attend face-to-face sessions on campus twice per year (January and June), for five 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 Professional Doctorates have 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.

    Assessment

    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.

    Module list

    Core Modules

    These modules are an essential part of your course

    Careers

    A Professional Doctorate will 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

    While 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.

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    68818| University of Wolverhampton| Professional Doctorate in Education|

    The Professional Doctorate is a Research Degree and though it does not include a placement/work-based element, it has been designed to develop the individual’s capacity to work and progress in a professional context; it can also support the development of a research culture in the workplace (educational employers have been consulted in developing the course).

    The Professional Doctorate in Education at the University of Wolverhampton embraces two philosophies simultaneously. On the one hand, it embodies traditional research-based purposes derived from the PhD model. From this perspective, the programme is designed to develop competent researchers through a programme of training in research methods and the production of a research-based thesis. The modules constitute a coherent research programme, with a considerable emphasis on professional development and practice.

    Notwithstanding this traditional element, the programme has been designed for experienced educational practitioners rather than for academic student researchers. An explicit aim is to support researchers in professional practice through work-based research that focuses on their own professional needs and those of their employers/organisations. The course team thus recognise the value of the varied educational contexts and settings in which students are employed.

    The modular approach allows the pathway to be flexible and responsive, and the design of modules allows some choice in study methods/approaches. The concept of being an ‘effective practitioner’ signifies more than an enhanced ability to practise; it implies a greater willingness to innovate, to manage change, and developing creative abilities to investigate ideas. The team are mindful of the need to maximise the opportunity for strategic thinking and provide a proactive educational experience that enables practitioners to adapt to change and become proponents and creators of new professional knowledge. Because the Doctorate will be closely integrated with existing work, it is seen as adding value to the workplace as well as enhancing and developing candidates’ individual abilities.

    The academic rigour of the Doctorate is in part supported by the wide-ranging professional experience of the teaching team. The team have a wide research background and the programme capitalises on their strengths. Research expertise across the team includes such diverse areas as secondary school improvement, educational leadership, early years education, and policy and practice in further and higher education, to name but a few.

    The first two years of the Doctoral stage focus on developing students’ understanding of research – in terms of overarching philosophies and practical approaches, but also with regard to shaping and articulating their research values and professional identity. The strong emphasis on reflexivity underpinning the course is a distinctive feature of the programme and aims to develop students’ understanding and confidence, thereby preparing them for educational enquiry at the thesis stage, and supporting their professional development. Student feedback has been central in shaping the programme. Participants on the course, including University staff members, have reported that the taught sessions are stimulating and immensely useful.

    Educational Aims of the Course:

    The educational aims of the course are to develop an individual’s professional practice and to support them in producing an original contribution to professional knowledge worthy of publication. The standard of this Doctorate is of the level and intellectual challenge equivalent to a PhD degree. The programme of study is underpinned by professional practice, and students will be required to show evidence that, through the course of their studies, they have made a significant contribution to working practice(s) within their professional area. By combining traditional taught sessions with virtual technologies, teaching becomes a more personalised experience and extends beyond the classroom. Examples of the strategies for blended learning within the programme include:

    • Electronic content to support modules on CANVAS (Virtual Learning Environment)
    • Electronic feedback for students for formative work. Tutorials and teaching sessions may be carried out remotely or face-to-face
    • Collaborative learning opportunities 

    Employability in the Curriculum:

    Participation in this programme will enhance the professional practice and educational expertise of all candidates. Through its focus on developing high-level research skills and applying these rigorously and systematically to real-world educational issues and topics, the course equips students with advanced skills that will be transferable to a range of senior-level employment contexts. The development of an ability to apply solutions-focused and creative research techniques to complex educational matters is central to the course’s rationale and supports the University’s framework for course design with regard to being enterprising and improving employability.

    Successful graduates would thus be expected to take a leading role in developing excellence in educational management, learning, teaching, student development or advisory work in their own work place institutions as appropriate. The course will also supply the expertise, experience and academic credentials for those students aspiring to work on education-related Degree courses in Higher Education, as well as enhancing promotion opportunities in existing employment.

    68660| Birkbeck, University of London| Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes/Professional Doctorate)|

    This unique doctoral programme, Evidence-Based Human Resource Management (MRes/Professional Doctorate), provides you with training in evidence-based practice (EBP). This well-established approach to practice emphasises making better-informed decisions about problems (or opportunities) and potential solutions or interventions through use of the best available evidence from multiple sources. The programme is relevant to practitioners working across all areas relevant to human resource practice and scholarship, including management, learning and development, and internal and external consultancy.

    Throughout the Professional Doctorate you will undertake work-based learning, including:

    • expert briefings and masterclasses from leading academics and practitioners around each of the four key practice areas in HRM
    • seminars and workshops on evidence-based practice
    • research methods training to extend your knowledge and skills and develop reflective practice
    • peer-learning and group supervision as well as self-learning as appropriate to a research-focused degree.

    You will also be allocated a personal supervisor and have access to a wide range of taught courses, professional training courses and networking opportunities offered by the Department of Organizational Psychology. You will have access to a virtual learning environment too, providing you with supplementary materials. It is assumed that you will be able to gain experience and practise and investigate evidence-based Human Resource Management at your workplace.

    The first part of the programme constitutes the MRes. In the first year, you take two fundamental evidence modules and a content module focused on assessment and selection. In the second year, which runs from January to December, you take a further three modules to work through the employee life cycle. Each of these modules is assessed by a case study which together will form an evidence-based practice portfolio.

    If you pass the first part, you then undertake research methods training and develop proposals for, and undertake, a systematic review and major study, which form your final doctoral thesis, assessed through a viva voce.

    Year 1 Modules

    Spring term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: The Foundations of Evidence-Based HRM

    Summer term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Critical Appraisal of Scientific and Other Evidence

    Autumn term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Selection and Assessment

    Year 2 modules

    Spring term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Learning and Development

    Summer term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Performance, Talent and Reward Management

    Autumn term: Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Job Satisfaction, Well-being, and Engagement

    Highlights

    68319| Aston University| PhD - Aston Business School|

    Our research expertise is embedded in our academic departments below, and you are strongly recommended to explore our departmental web pages, before applying, so that you can better position your research proposal to fit with academics' current research interests.

    Aston Business School

    Research environment

    We have an exciting and vibrant research environment at Aston Business School that enables our PhD students to be engaged in various research events and seminars (Aston Business School-wide and PhD-specific). Our PhDs have a dedicated research society which organises various social and academic related events throughout the year, including the ABS Annual Doctoral Conference. We strongly believe that these activities are an essential part of ensuring our PhD students are engaged and motivated throughout the duration of their PhD journey.

    Our academic departments also run research seminar series (and other activities) where PhD students are encouraged to present their research and get feedback from colleagues. In addition, our Summer School in Advanced Research Methods offers additional training opportunities necessary for a successful academic career.

    All students can access up to £1500 for presenting at academic conferences and an additional £1200 Research Support Training Grant is also provided to help further develop their research knowledge, skills, abilities and professional development. 

    68095| University of Buckingham| Professional Doctorate in Public Policy and Political Economy|

    Course Info

    This unique Professional Doctorate programme is aimed at individuals who are working in, or who have previously worked in, an area of public policy practice (for example, a think tank, charity, in journalism, in the civil service or a central bank, or as a political researcher). Teachers of economics and politics can also take the programme. The format of teaching and research provides a structured, but flexible, framework making this the ideal way to combine doctoral studies with professional life.

    The programme leads to the qualification “Doctor of Public Policy and Political Economy” and will be an important qualification for those wishing to advance a career in any area of public policy or advance an academic career. We also welcome students later in life who, as well as studying for the qualification, will be able to share their experience with other students at the study weekends.

    Teaching & Assessment

    There are four modules in the professional doctorate programme.

    Module One

    You will attend the weekly evening seminars held on the MA in Political Economy by Research. These cover topics such as Adam Smith; Alfred Marshall; the marginalists and neo-classical economics; Karl Marx; Friedrich Hayek and the Austrians; J.M. Keynes; James Buchanan, Gordon Tullock and public choice theory; the Frankfurt School; and behavioural economics. You can attend these seminars by distance learning.

    Module Two

    You will attend a study weekend in May of your first academic year at the Vinson Centre, University of Buckingham. The study weekend will include: further lectures on schools of economic thought and their relevance to public policy and a preliminary research proposal presentation as well as research methods training.

    You must attend this in person.

    Module Three

    This module will be a reflective analysis relating experience in your professional role to models in political economy (for example, public choice, institutional economics, market failure models etc) or to key figures in the development of thinking on political economy or public policy.

    You will then attend a second study weekend in October of the second academic year and your research proposal will be finalised. This will also be at the Vinson Centre.

    Module Four

    In Module Four, you will undertake a research thesis of a recommended length of 55,000 to 65,000 words. The research thesis will be on an approved topic related to your professional work (or former professional work) and is supervised by academic staff.

    October study weekend

    Every year you will be invited to the October study weekend. You can attend as many of these events before completing your thesis as you wish, but you will be required to attend at least one further study weekend, after your initial October study weekend, before you submit your thesis. You do not have to attend each year.

    Thesis

    You have between four and six years following registration to complete your thesis.

    Resources

    You will be able to make use of the Vinson Centre’s superb economic policy and history of economic thought library throughout your period of study.

    International study

    This programme can be taken by overseas students as long as you are able to attend the three study weekends (the May and two October weekends) during the course of your registration period (up to six years). All other studies and supervision can be undertaken online.

    Teaching, Supervision and Assessment

    Teaching is a mixture of online provision and seminars at the study weekends held at the Vinson Centre. Each module will be assessed by shorter assignments before you move on to the thesis. These shorter assignments are designed to ensure that you are well prepared when you start your thesis. Appropriate supervisors will be appointed for module four. You will meet those supervisors regularly.

    A Flexible Qualification – entry and exit routes

    This programme is flexible so that you can join from other University of Buckingham programmes and gain exemptions from modules of the professional doctorate. Also, if you decide that the professional doctorate is not for you, your work will not be wasted: there are other exit routes.

    MA in Political Economy – you can register for this degree and transfer to the Professional Doctorate in January of the first academic year. The fees that you have paid for the MA will be credited towards your professional doctorate so that the total fee will be approximately the same as if you had registered for the professional doctorate from the outset.

    MA in Political Economy 2021 entry – students who enrolled on the MA in Political Economy in 2021 will be able to transfer to the professional doctorate in October 2022 and move straight to module four. A special programme of study and assessment will be designed so that those transferring in this way obtain at least 120 level-7 credits when taking into account the assessments that they have already taken at that point. If you entered the professional doctorate in this way, you can extend your MA thesis to doctoral level.

    There are also flexible exit routes so that, if you complete Modules One to Three successfully, but choose not to complete Module Four, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Economy. However, you will be able to return within five years and complete the professional doctorate subject to the usual rules and regulations of the University regarding the return of qualifications when a qualification is taken further for another award.

    67897| Keele University| Professional Doctorate in Midwifery (DMid)|

    The Midwifery Doctorate programme meets the needs of professionals/educationalists wishing to attain the highest level of professional and academic achievement.

    The programme of taught modules combined with the research component allows students to undertake study and research that is clearly relevant to their professional practice, will support them to contribute to professional knowledge in their field of practice and will enable their career development. 

    A professional doctorate provides a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, equally rigorous to the purely research orientated PhD. The taught modules which occupy the first two years of the programme, provide opportunities to develop students’ skills and knowledge in key areas to facilitate career development, whilst the research component allows for development of skills in critical appraisal and the ability to develop the rationale, methodology and methods for research studies. The modules also allow development of other transferable skills such as project management, problem solving, information management and academic writing.

    The Midwifery Doctorate utilizes the expertise of the academic team across the whole of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as experts from the clinical field to support the student’s development, research and scholarship; many of whom may be nationally and internationally renowned researchers in their own field.

    Within the Doctorate, students may wish to exit at key points prior to completing the whole programme and in doing so may be awarded either postgraduate diploma or masters in health sciences. This design is intended to provide flexibility for professionals studying whilst working in high pressured health service roles.

    COURSE CONTENT

    The learning outcomes below describe what you should be able to do if you make full use of the opportunities for learning that are provided to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, and skills. In addition, by completing the Midwifery Doctorate programme you will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, leadership and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations in professional environments.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Evaluate and reflect on the core skills that are required for effective communication at an interpersonal and organizational level.
    • Critically assimilate the current political challenges in health and social care and the role that culture, power and politics plays when communicating with organizations in this context.
    • Critically analyse and appraise the key elements of productive team working, including effective management of workforce conflicts, and how these can inform planned change processes.
    • Identify and apply strategies for implementing a change process and for networking across boundaries to build relationships and share information, plans and resources.
    • Critically reflect on the key characteristics and skills of an effective leader and how these can be used to implement change in the workplace.
    • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principles of research and evaluation.
    • Critically evaluate the research evidence base to inform the development of practice based/professional research questions.
    • Develop an appreciation and knowledge base of quantitative and qualitative paradigms, methodologies and methods and their application to practice based/professional research
    • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methodologies and methods
    • Analyse and reflect on the knowledge of the research process and methodologies and how these relate to own proposed research, providing a rationale and justification for choices made.
    • Compose and critically debate a justified rationale for the research philosophy underpinning the project.
    • Discriminate between and justify different research methodologies and methods underpinning the research project.
    • Select and critically discuss the relevant data analysis methods for the proposed project.
    • Develop a research proposal for the pilot study that demonstrates the ability to critically and analytically conceptualize the design of the research project.
    • Critically analyse and examine the principles of research ethics and governance.
    • Conduct a pilot study that shows the ability to implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of individual disciplines.
    • Develop or select appropriate research tools that will collect data to meet the aims and objectives of the research questions/hypotheses.
    • Demonstrate the intellectual capacity to undertake independent and original doctoral level research.
    • Synthesise the relevant literature in order to develop the research question(s) or hypothesis.
    • Design and justify an appropriate framework for the proposed research project that effectively integrates empirical focus, context, theory and methodology.
    • Confidently and concisely communicates an appropriate ethical strategy for answering the research questions or testing the hypotheses.
    • Communicate ideas and arguments effectively orally and in writing in language that is appropriate to doctoral level study.
    • Provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate achievement of competencies required for advanced practice as described in the competency frameworks relative to your professional practice. 
    • Demonstrate that you have developed a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of a chosen field of your professional practice, through research, enquiry and critical reflection, and created an interpreted new knowledge, principally through the production of a thesis, which is of suitable standard to satisfy the University Criteria on Doctoral work.

    OUR EXPERTISE

    The Midwifery programme is led by Professor June Keeling. Professor Keeling qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and as a Registered Midwife in 1992. She worked across the hospital and community as a Midwife until 2004, when she moved into Higher Education. Her first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Women’s Health and Health Research from the University of Liverpool, followed by a Masters in Professional Education. Her PhD explored women’s disclosure of domestic violence and interactions with statutory agencies. She has supervised several students through to PhD completion, and is regularly invited as an external examiner.

    Our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has an exceptional research standing with many staff gaining grants from national and international funding bodies and this also facilitates the expertise that can be drawn upon to support the supervision of doctoral students outside of the immediate professional doctorate team.

    67674| University of Buckingham| Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)|

    Course Information

    The EdD programme at Buckingham brings together an exciting international community to study and research together. Our Doctoral Programme in Education promotes and endorses the highest level of knowledge, skills and experiences of leaders in schools and education in the belief that this recognition will impact significantly on practice. An EdD is at the same standard as a PhD. Like a PhD, the EdD requires students to make a unique contribution to knowledge. A distinguishing element of an EdD is that it is also required to ensure your study results in a tangible impact on practice. This is because the EdD is a practitioner/professional doctorate which means that it is designed for professionals working in Education and that the focus of study should be on the nature of Educational practice.

    Every student attends an Induction Programme and then is allocated two personal supervisors. You have a main supervisor who will be a critical friend through the process, and you will have approximately 12 hours of supervision each year. Students are supported by webinars and by two study days in November and another two study days in April. The online support guides you through some of the key elements of completing a doctorate, for example, research methodology, engaging with literature and philosophical frameworks.

    The doctorate:

    • Can be completed in 3-6 years part-time
    • Involves itself in the professional practice of educational practitioners
    • Can be achieved by the creation of a portfolio or a traditional thesis
    • Has a highly competitive course fee
    • Is available completely online

    Course content

    The University of Buckingham EdD is appropriate for experienced practitioners and postgraduate students who already hold an MA or equivalent. Doing a doctorate is likely to be one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of your professional career. Despite its challenges it is hoped that you will also find the experience hugely rewarding. The programme aims to enable those working in education to develop expertise through critical evaluation of research and scholarship in their chosen field of interest. Students will develop skills that allow them to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on educational issues. Whilst the intensity of the doctorate might seem daunting, the programme is designed for students to be able to complete study alongside their work in education. Students will contribute to wider debate on education and reflect on the implications of their study for educators and learners. The expectation is that on average you will spend 15 hours a week studying. This takes into account time spent with you supervisor, study days as well as your own independent research, reading and study.

    We offer two routes to achieving the EdD at Buckingham:

    1. a traditional thesis; or
    2. a portfolio route

    The choice of route will be decided in discussion with your supervisors.

    Many people will be familiar with the structure of the doctoral thesis; it is a pathway that encompasses a review of literature followed by the pursuit of a research project and as the EdD is a professional thesis, this would also include an evaluation of the implications for practice that the work would have within a particular educational context. A thesis consists of a continuous narrative, divided up into chapters that form a whole. Each chapter contributes to the main idea and builds a logical sustained argument cumulatively from start to end.

    By comparison a doctorate by submission of a professional portfolio reflects on a particular area of focus and interest through the production of a collection of different papers that together form a whole. If you have already published articles and documents of different kinds, then the portfolio may be suitable for you.

    It is important to recognise that both require the same level of academic rigour. A thesis is an extended piece of research that presents an argument supported by evidence and reference to relevant research. For the portfolio, it is the overriding argument that binds the varied contents of the portfolio together through use of linking documents. Both pathways also require an ability to be critical both in terms of one’s own position and also in the further development of your own critical voice when encountering a range of alternative views. Both pathways will also contribute something unique and original to your existing knowledge. Originality may lie in the discovery or collection of material never before used; or it may lie in a new approach to more familiar material. Your progress with this work will be assessed at regular stages to determine your suitability to continue on the course.

    How to Apply

    Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to provide a doctoral proposal. Please consider:

    • the focus (topic) of your research and/or evidence (e.g. leadership, curriculum development, etc.)
    • an introduction to existing literature reflecting your focus
    • how at this point you think you will carry out the work
    • the impact you feel this could have on educational practice
    • your motivations for carrying out this work at this time and an introduction to your own educational context.

    Your application will be assessed against a number of different criteria. These include:

    • the suitability of your topic as one that has the ability to be developed at this level
    • your ability to communicate effectively in English
    • the way in which your area of interest relates to your own professional experience and background
    • your academic record to date.

    These applications will be reviewed and every applicant will then be interviewed by the Course Director. Applicants should have a focus linked to their professional remit and provide evidence that significantly contributes to the application of knowledge that is relevant locally, nationally and internationally.

    If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Admissions Team: [email protected].

    67326| University of Essex| DSPC Sport Performance and Coaching|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sports therapy.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • Our brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
    • Our teaching staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • We offer you the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.

    Course structure

    You can study our Professional Doctorates flexibly between 4 and 7 years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on individual need, professional commitment and funded support.

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence for sports and exercise science (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    67324| University of Essex| DST Sports Therapy|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sports therapy.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • Our brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
    • Our teaching staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • We offer you the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.

    Course structure

    You can study our Professional Doctorates flexibly between 4 and 7 years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on individual need, professional commitments and funded support.

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence for sports and exercise science (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    67321| University of Essex| DSES Sport and Exercise Science|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sports therapy.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • Our state-of-the-art Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
    • Our academic staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • The majority of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF 2014).

    Course structure

    You can study our Professional Doctorates flexibly between 4 and 7 years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on individual need, professional commitments and funded support.

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence for sports and exercise science (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    67314| University of Essex| D.Physiotherapy Physiotherapy|

    A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in sports therapy. It demonstrates your ability to perform at the level of 'expert' within your area of specialism.

    The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the university environment.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over the course of between 4 and 7 years. During this time, you will prepare two portfolios which chronical your development of expert practice in your workplace. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical and other research methods required for researching sports therapy.

    Your own interests, experiences, and needs determine a great deal about how your course is structured, and what areas you can focus on. A key part of demonstrating your expertise in your specialist area is the development of a 40,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic.

    Why we're great.

    • We are ranked top 20 for sports science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
    • Our teaching staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
    • We offer you the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.

    Course structure

    You can study our Professional Doctorates flexibly between 4 and 7 years. Decisions about the duration of the study period are based on individual need, professional commitments and funded support.

    Our expert staff

    Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence for sports and exercise science (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014). Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

    Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

    The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

    Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

    Specialist facilities

    The School is housed within the Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities including a sports hall the size of three basketball courts, two dedicated labs for sports therapy training, a sports therapy clinic, and dedicated physiotherapy labs. Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is well equipped, centrally resourced by technical staff who provide a service to all our staff and students.

    Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

    We have a study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows our PhD students to have office space. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

    Your future

    We offer doctoral preparation that integrates professional expertise and academic rigor. During your time working with us you will gain the skills necessary to make significant contribution to local and national health and social care provision through critical appraisal of current practice.

    The networks you develop while with us facilitate self-development. You will engage in critical reflection upon practice; work and lead within complex, multi-professional environments where you can demonstrate expert decision-making.

    66507| Liverpool Hope University| Doctor of Health and Social Care (DHSC)|

    The Doctor of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been designed to meet the needs of social care professionals. You are likely to come from occupations within areas such housing, welfare support, residential care or supporting disabled children or adults. You should have several years of professional experience, perhaps at a senior level. You should desire to pursue an area of research related to, and drawing on, your professional work. Your research will create new evidence-based knowledge, practice and understanding that will bring benefits both to you and your wider professional community.

    There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and critical reflection. You will engage at an advanced level with varied academic and professional issues relevant to your own practice. You will develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis. 

    The programme is divided into two Phases. Phase One is the Taught Phase. You undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study, organised into six modules (20 credits each). You will also write substantial research Proposal (60 credits), during this Phase. The Proposal forms the foundation for Phase Two, the Research Phase. Here, you undertake a supervised thesis project, much like a traditional PhD student would.

    66505| Liverpool Hope University| Doctor of Social Work (DSW)|

    The Doctor of Social Work (DSW) has been designed to meet the needs of social work professionals. You will come from any field within social work, be it supporting children or adults. You should have several years of professional experience, perhaps at a senior level. You should desire to pursue an area of research related to, and drawing on, your professional work. Your research will create new evidence-based knowledge, practice and understanding that will bring benefits both to you and your wider professional community.

    There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and critical reflection. You will engage at an advanced level with varied academic and professional issues relevant to your own practice. You will develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis. 

    The programme is divided into two Phases. Phase One is the Taught Phase. You undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study, organised into six modules (20 credits each). You will also write substantial research Proposal (60 credits), during this Phase. The Proposal forms the foundation for Phase Two, the Research Phase. Here, you undertake a supervised thesis project, much like a traditional PhD student would. 

    66168| Birkbeck, University of London| Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology (MRes/Professional Doctorate)|

    This Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is an accredited University of London doctoral degree. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society as an alternative to the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology, meaning that successful completion of the programme confers eligibility for chartership through the BPS (subject to holding Graduate Basis for Registration).

    If you hold a BPS-accredited master's degree in organisational/occupational and/or business psychology, and you are in related employment, this doctorate will let you apply your learning directly in the workplace and use your work experience to inform your research. 

    The first two years will develop your professional competence and prepare you for independent research and practice through the following six professional practice portfolios:

    If you successfully complete this stage, you can either graduate with an MRes in Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology or progress to Years 3 and 4 to develop your competence in research methods and consolidate your skills as an evidence-based practitioner and researcher so that you can complete a 40,000-50,000-word doctoral thesis.

    We have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative techniques and are well placed to supervise all research topics in occupational psychology. Our particular interests include:

    • Coaching, careers and lifespan development
    • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
    • Decision making, heuristics and bias
    • Leadership and critical management studies
    • Organisational sociology 
    • Professional development and training
    • Selection and assessment 
    • Worklife balance, boundary management and digitisation of work
    • Well-being and occupational health.

    Highlights

    65841| University of Bath| DBA in Higher Education Management|

    We've developed our DBA specifically for university leaders. Gain the research skills you need to address the challenges of higher education in the 21st century.

    What makes the Bath DBA in Higher Education Management unique

    1. A specific focus on higher education management
    2. Delivered by one of the UK's best business schools
    3. Develop research skills relevant to higher education managers
    4. Combine research with professional practice by applying your increased knowledge to your work
    5. A strong global alumni network who support current students and the programme

    The expertise you need to make a genuine impact in your area

    As well as developing your leadership expertise, the Bath DBA will give you the skills you need to apply research to your own professional area.

    We bring together the latest scholarship and an applied focus on research. You'll develop a thorough understanding of how and why things happen in contemporary higher education.

    You'll graduate with research skills appropriate for higher educational managers, and be better equipped to deal with the ethical and political issues facing higher education today.

    Applying your DBA research to your own organisation will allow you to:

    • understand emerging trends in higher education
    • improve national and international policy
    • establish and share best practice in management and leadership

    We regularly invite graduates to visit and feedback into our programme to keep it relevant and up-to-date. We're confident that our DBA students go on to produce some of the most significant and influential research in this area.

    Read more about DBA programme content.

    65790| Kingston University| Doctor of Education (EdD)|

    The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a part-time doctoral research degree for educators working in a wide range of educationally-oriented settings who wish to extend their professional understanding and develop advanced skills for research, reflection and evaluation.

    This doctoral level programme is an excellent opportunity for education professionals in all fields and settings. If you are working as a teacher or manager in early years, school, college, university, health and social care, library, prison or a museum or heritage service, this programme will enhance your career. Through engaging in critical self-reflection and a sequence of structured learning experiences culminating in a substantial piece of professionally-focused research, the EdD will enable you to transform your practice and make a contribution to new professional knowledge. You will develop a strong foundation for rigorous, research-led pedagogy and praxis.

    Our academic staff have extensive experience of working with multi-agency partners, researching professionals at masters and doctoral level, and leading national and international research-active projects.

    Reasons to choose Kingston University

    • We are ranked No. 2 in the UK for Education (Guardian University Guide 2022).
    • We offer a supportive and flexible learning environment to help busy professionals balance work with study.
    • We provide research facilities, research training opportunities, and research-active experienced supervisors from the wider Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.
    • We have strong relationships with a number of multi-agency partners, providing students with extensive networking opportunities.

    What you will study

    The programme combines contextual modules with independent research. Issues are introduced, reconsidered and further developed in successive modules towards the research proposal, which is the ‘gateway' to the independent Research Project, the 'capstone' to the EdD. In the first two years, the programme contains taught modules which address issues of education professionalism, interprofessionalism, policy and practice, the philosophy and practice of educational research and the design of a research proposal. These modules will prepare you to carry out a substantial professional-relevant research project in the following years.

    The learning experiences are delivered over weekends using a day conference format at the Kingston Hill campus of Kingston University London.

    For a full list of modules, please click the here.

    After you graduate

    As a researching professional in this programme, you will develop professional links and connections between research and education-related settings. Through researching critical questions and looking for answers to fundamental educational and social issues, you will deepen and enhance your employability skills to advance your existing career or develop a new one in an area of growing importance in modern society.

    Visit the Doctor of Education (EdD) page on the Kingston University website for more details!

    65243| Edge Hill University| Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)|

    Immerse yourself in educational research on a programme for experienced professionals working as educators, enabling you to make an original contribution to knowledge in an area of professional practice.

    Overview

    This Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers research-based professional development to experienced professionals whose practice is concerned with education. Applications from professionals within all fields of education are welcomed, including professionals based in early years, schools or higher education settings, and professional educators working in health, social care or other occupations in the private and public sectors.

    The academic rigour of the EdD is comparable with that of a PhD, while being characterised by its focus on professional practice. Designed to meet the needs of full-time professionals, the EdD will enable you to extend your understanding of theory, practice and policy in the context of your profession. You will become an independent and reflective researcher, develop advanced research skills and gain a critical understanding of research methodologies, as you undertake research that leads to an original contribution to knowledge within your area of professional practice.

    What you'll study

    In the first two years of the course, you will attend compulsory research training sessions which will help you to finalise your research proposal within the first two terms of study. These sessions will focus on methodology, research design, research project and data management, and research ethics.

    The training sessions will be complemented by small group seminars. These are specifically designed to support the completion of the two assessment stages which make up the first stage of the EdD, while also refining your educational research skills to enable you to produce original, doctoral-level, practice-based research. You will gain a comprehensive insight into debates in literature relating to your chosen area of professional practice, as well as begin to critically justify your chosen methodological approach, based on an identifiable philosophical position.

    Following these first two years, the focus of your work will be on completing your research and writing up a 60,000-word doctoral thesis in which you will make a distinct contribution to professional knowledge in your field of study.

    How you'll study

    The programme typically requires approximately 23.5 hours per week dedicated to research-related activity.

    During the first year of study, compulsory research training sessions and small group seminars will be scheduled as face-to-face sessions over one Saturday, one full weekend and a three-day summer school. There will also be 10 compulsory online twilight research development sessions and three compulsory online Saturday schools.

    During the second year of study, you will be required to attend 10 scheduled online twilight research development sessions and two online Saturday schools.

    For the third year of study and beyond, ongoing group support will be provided at two scheduled online Saturday schools and three online twilight sessions per year.

    Outside of these occasions, attendance on campus will be determined by your individual development needs and the nature of your project.

    How you'll be assessed

    The course incorporates three viva examinations where your written submissions will be assessed by a team of experts.

    The first assessment stage is project registration. This will take place approximately seven months after starting the course and will be assessed through the production of a research proposal, a project management plan and a skills development portfolio. You will also undertake a viva voce examination (project registration viva).

    At approximately 24 months into your studies, your progress will be assessed through a progression review and a progression viva voce examination. You will be required to produce some draft chapters which will form part of your final thesis and a written progress report of up to 6,000 words.

    At the third viva examination, which represents the culmination of the Professional Doctorate, your final thesis will be presented.

    Who will be teaching you

    Compulsory research training sessions and research development sessions will be led by academic experts from across the University. You will also be supported by two supervisors who, between them, will have academic expertise in the methodological and substantive areas of your research.

    Within the Faculty of Education, academics have particular expertise in issues relating to social justice and inclusion, children and young people’s voice and rights, children and young people’s mental health, special educational needs, early years education, primary and secondary education, initial teacher education, further and higher education, adult education and widening participation, and the philosophy of education.

    Facilities

    As a postgraduate research student, you will be registered in the University’s Graduate School and be based in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for your project. Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) students will normally be based in the Faculty of Education.

    Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

    Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies. The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

    Your future career

    This programme will enhance your personal and professional development. The methodological expertise and contribution to advancing knowledge within your field will lead to significantly increased knowledge and understanding about aspects of your practice.

    You will be well placed to seek promotion to a variety of different roles, including academic posts and management positions, within your area of professional expertise.

    64773| Queen Mary University of London| DClinDent Minimally Invasive Dentistry*|

    If you’re a dentist who has a special interest in minimally invasive dentistry or want to become a clinical academic, this course is for you. The Professional Doctorate in Minimally Invasive Dentistry provides you with an integrated three-year training programme, so you can gain high-level research expertise alongside your clinical training.

    • Combines academic study, research, clinical and laboratory practice to give you a completely rounded training
    • Be taught by our distinguished international experts and have regular contact with them throughout the programme
    • Gain sought-after skills by studying the first Minimally Invasive Dentistry DClinDent in the UK
    • Study at one of the UK’s top-rated dental schools: we’re joint first for research impact (REF 2014)

    What you'll study

    Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID) is a concept of patient care that deals with the causes of dental disease and not just the symptoms. The concept is based on all the factors that affect the onset and progression of disease and therefore integrates prevention, control and treatment. The field of MID is wide, including the detection of diseases as early as possible, the identification of risk factors (risk assessment) and the implementation of preventive strategies and health education for the patient.

    This DClinDent programme is unique in the UK and will expand your knowledge and skills in minimally invasive dentistry and provide an execellent preparation for your career and enhance your dental practice. The programme of study will be in line with the General Dental Council curriculum for Clinical Dentistry including selected components of Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

    The programme addresses some of the leading global problems facing dentistry, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and other future emerging infectious disease threats and antimicrobial resistance. In addition, increasing average life expectancy means that dentists will need to treat more patients with complicated medical histories.

    You’ll be prepared for the continued challenges of COVID-19 and any future infectious disease threat. Most dental procedures are classified as aerosol generating procedures with potential risk of transmitting infection to dental professionals and patients. This has led to a global realisation of the importance of training future MID specialists and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to provide evidence based advice and develop holistic personalised approach to patient care.

    You’ll take a programme of seminars, lectures and tutorials, starting with an introductory course on the fundamentals of minimally invasive dentistry and its related disciplines before going on to review the clinical and scientific scope of the subject and determine its evidence base.

    You’ll then enter supervised clinical practice with teaching on the diagnosis and management of selected dental diseases using minimally invasive strategies.

    You’ll also complete a research project, where you’ll demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem in minimally invasive dentistry. This project will then form the basis of your dissertation. Over the duration of the programme, you’ll gain advanced research skills to professional doctorate level and develop sophisticated critical appraisal skills in relation to published literature.

    In addition to your studies, you’ll also have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute and Queen Mary as a whole.

    The DClinDent Degree meets level 8 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

    Structure

    • Three compulsory research modules, including your final dissertation (up to 50,000 words)

    • Three compulsory knowledge and clinical skills modules

    Teaching

    You'll be taught through a combination of expert seminars, supervised clinical and laboratory sessions, one-to-one tutorials, self-directed learning, case presentations and reading. You'll also be taught relevant laboratory methodology.

    Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on, formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.

    You will be assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

    This professional doctorate programme includes weekly teaching and clinical contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research. Please contact the course convenor for information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

    Where you'll learn

    Facilities

    New postgraduate study and research facilities are available in the state of the art Blizard building, as well as the Institute of Dentistry, and include:

    • 11 dedicated seminar rooms and a student learning centre

    • 92 production laboratory spaces

    • Digital imaging and two cutting-edge cone beam CT machines

    • A PC in every operatory with ‘slave screen’ on chair for viewing images and discussing results with patient

    • Modern facial-scanning equipment

    • Facilities and services for 72 ‘phantom’ heads

    Watch our video to see more of our facilities.

    Campus

    Your postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in Whitechapel, in east London.

    Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, with 92 different languages spoken by the borough’s 300,000 residents. You will develop your clinical skills and knowledge while caring for this community. Moreover, the Institute offers you many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.

    *This programme is subject to approval

    64772| Queen Mary University of London| DClinDent Clinical Oral Microbiology*|

    If you’re a dentist who has a special interest in clinical oral microbiology or want to become a clinical academic, this course is for you. The Professional Doctorate in Clinical Oral Microbiology provides you with an integrated three-year training programme, so you can gain high-level research expertise alongside your clinical training.

    • Combines academic study, research, clinical and laboratory practice to give you a completely rounded training
    • Be taught by our distinguished international experts and have regular contact with them throughout the programme
    • Gain sought-after skills by studying the first Clinical Oral Microbiology DClinDent in the UK
    • Study at one of the UK’s top-rated dental schools: we’re joint first for research impact (REF 2014)

    What you'll study

    Clinical Oral Microbiology is concerned with the diagnosis and management of oral infections. The interface of oral and systemic infection, effect of immune system efficacy on the susceptibility to infection, and antimicrobial stewardship are all parts of the clinical oral microbiology specialty.

    This DClinDent programme is unique in the UK and will expand your knowledge and skills in clinical oral microbiology and provide an excellent preparation for your career as a clinical academic in this field. The programme of study will be in line with the General Dental Council curriculum for Clinical Oral Microbiology.

    The programme addresses some of the leading global problems facing dentistry, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and other future emerging infectious disease threats and antimicrobial resistance. In addition, increasing average life expectancy means that dentists will need to treat more patients with complicated medical histories including head and neck, and systemic infections.

    You’ll take a programme of seminars, lectures and tutorials, starting with an introductory course on the fundamentals of clinical oral microbiology and its related disciplines before going on to review the clinical and scientific scope of the subject and determine its evidence base.

    You’ll then enter supervised clinical and laboratory practice with teaching on the diagnosis and management of selected oral and systemic infection cases. Antimicrobial stewardship, and infection prevention and control training will form a significant part of this component.

    You’ll also complete a research project, where you’ll demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem in clinical oral microbiology. This project will then form the basis of your dissertation. Over the duration of the programme, you’ll gain advanced research skills to professional doctorate level and develop sophisticated critical appraisal skills in relation to published literature.

    In addition to your studies, you’ll also have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute and Queen Mary as a whole.

    The DClinDent Degree meets level 8 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

    Structure

    • Three compulsory research modules, including your final dissertation (up to 50,000 words)

    • Three compulsory knowledge and clinical skills modules

    Teaching

    You'll be taught through a combination of expert seminars, supervised clinical and laboratory sessions, one-to-one tutorials, self-directed learning, case presentations and reading. You'll also be taught relevant laboratory methodology.

    Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on, formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.

    You will be assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary. This professional doctorate programme includes weekly teaching and clinical contact hours in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research. Please contact the course convenor for information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

    Where you'll learn

    Facilities

    New postgraduate study and research facilities are available in the state of the art Blizard building, as well as the Institute of Dentistry, and include:

    • 11 dedicated seminar rooms and a student learning centre

    • 92 production laboratory spaces

    • Digital imaging and two cutting-edge cone beam CT machines

    • A PC in every operatory with ‘slave screen’ on chair for viewing images and discussing results with patient

    • Modern facial-scanning equipment

    • Facilities and services for 72 ‘phantom’ heads

    Watch our video to see more of our facilities.

    Campus

    Your postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in Whitechapel, in east London.

    Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, with 92 different languages spoken by the borough’s 300,000 residents. You will develop your clinical skills and knowledge while caring for this community. Moreover, the Institute offers you many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.

    Dentist showing image to student and patient

    About the Institute

    Institute of Dentistry

    If you study with us, you will join a dynamic, successful school with a first-class reputation: the Institute is ranked 11th in the World for dentistry in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, and joint first for our research impact (REF 2014).

    The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake your postgraduate studies. We bring together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

    The Institute is based in Whitechapel and offers cutting-edge technology, a superb education and first-class research facilities.

    The Institute of Dentistry is part of Queen Mary’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Queen Mary is part of the University of London and a member of the Russell Group.

    *This programme is subject to approval

    64446| University of Portsmouth| Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care|

    Overview

    The University of Portsmouth was one of the first institutions to respond to the rapid changes within health and social care by offering a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care Disciplines programme. This programme started in October 2000, and has been highly successful in its delivery to these professionals.

    The Professional Doctorate is an alternative pathway to a doctorate qualification. It is a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of commerce, industry and professional groups and is the professionally oriented counterpart to the more theoretical PhD. It enables students to study a specific subject to the same depth as PhD students, but also allows them to apply learning to their professional practice.

    This course is recognised internationally as a qualification granted to those who have reached the highest level of professional and academic achievement in their field of endeavour.

    What you'll experience

    We offer the following health and social care programmes at doctorate level:

    These routes are taught together. This enables students in each cohort to benefit from the experience of others and provides a unique inter-professional learning environment.

    Benefits of a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care

    The Professional Doctorate is open to a wide range of health and social care professionals, who have an active interest in practice-based research and professional practice issues, wish to attain the highest level of professional and academic achievement and develop their career within the health and social care arena.

    Relevance and application of the research to the professional environment will be a pivotal feature of the programme and reflection on practice will be integral to the learning process.

    The programme aims to enhance personal development planning for continuing professional development and encourage an advanced level of critical, analytical, debating and publishing skills, plus knowledge of the range of different research methods encountered in professional practice.

    Within the National Health Service (NHS) a Professional Doctorate is now being seen as an essential academic qualification for attaining higher level posts within the NHS Agenda for Change career framework.

    Structure and teaching

    This is a part-time course, which has been specifically designed so that it can be available to health and social care professionals from all over the world, to fit with the demands of full-time employment. The course structure is only offered in a part-time mode and is divided into two parts.

    Attendance for Part 1 will be in six study blocks of three days duration spread over two academic years. Typically, students will be required to attend the University for up to 18 days for the whole of Part 1. Attendance for Part 2 will only be required for tutorials, seminars and oral presentations.

    Part 1

    This is the 'taught' component of the programme, which will equip students with the skills that they will need in preparation for Part 2. Part 1 consists of four units:

    • Professional Review and Development
    • Advanced Research Techniques
    • Publication and Dissemination
    • Proposal for Professional Research and Development

    Part 2

    This is the research and professional development component and comprises one or two pieces of practice-based research, linked with a commentary demonstrating the relevance of the research to both practice and the practitioner. The nature of this study may include pure basic research or applied research related, for example, to a management or educational setting. This should normally take between 24 and 48 months to complete.

    Assessment will be by a thesis, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination.

    The University offers Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL), for applicants with previous learning experience and other academic achievement which could be taken into account for some of the units of study. Claims will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

    Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

    63937| Grenoble Ecole de Management| Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)|

    Grenoble Ecole de Management offers a unique Executive Doctorate of Business Administration degree in both France and the USA.

    The degree is delivered by GEM and the workshops take place primarily Online for the convenience of busy executives, at our partner campus in Los Angeles, California, or at our campuses in Paris and Grenoble, France

    Why the GEM DBA?

    • Oldest program in Europe with nearly 30 years of experience
    • Strong global network of over 500 alumni
    • Degree from top-ranked, triple-accredited business school
    • One of only 10 DBA programs in the world to be accredited by AMBA
    • Member of EDBAC (Executive DBA Council)
    • Accompanied by International Subject Matter Experts. Faculty strongly engaged in producing world-class research
    • Online, flexible format – adapted to busy executives

    Overview

    The DBA program at Grenoble Ecole de Management is the oldest DBA in Europe. It offers senior managers, independent consultants, and academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into academia. The DBA is a program for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research. It connects the business and research communities to enact change and foster progress through original and publishable research work.

    As a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS), Grenoble Ecole de Management has designed a program that fits executives’ needs with the highest quality standards: we see the DBA program as a true research-based degree. From Day 1, participants start working on their research, and the program is designed to ensure that students carry out long-term research projects that are highly relevant to management practice and are based on up-to-date scientific knowledge.

    The content of the workshops focuses on the development of research methods. All applicants have managerial expertise and a Master’s/MBA degree; therefore, the courses do not repeat the content of MBA studies. Our DBA approach leads to intellectual contributions, as demonstrated by our students’ and graduates’ outstanding publication records.

    Locations

    The Grenoble DBA is delivered Online and based in France or the USA:

    ·        DBA France: Paris & Grenoble

    ·        DBA USA: Los Angeles

    Regardless of the location, the content is the same and participants who successfully complete the program are awarded a Grenoble Ecole de Management DBA degree.

    Why Choose a DBA Program?

    DBA Impact:

    Our DBA students’ research influences managerial and organizational milieus at the highest level. Each student’s thesis includes a chapter dedicated to the managerial implications of their doctoral research and offers relevant recommendations for organizations to overcome key challenges.

    DBA students and graduates are encouraged to share their results and findings with the widest possible audience in order to inform and engage with their peers, organizations, and communities.

    With a strong focus on dissemination to business and academic audiences, the combination of relevance and rigor in our DBA research supports our reputation in the management of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

    The GEM DBA enables students to:

    • Understand state-of-the-art research in their fields of study;
    • Acquire the necessary understanding and expertise in methods and techniques for research design, data collection, and data analysis;
    • Conduct, write, and disseminate high -quality-doctoral-level research;
    • Achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional practitioner in managing technology, innovation, and change; and
    • Gain legitimacy as researchers and faculty members in both academic and non-academic environments

    Your DBA Supervisor

    Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management or a partner institution. Our Faculty provides a wide range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organizational dimensions of technological change. The supervisor helps the student define and carry out a DBA research project until his or her final thesis defense.

    Faculty who supervise doctoral students at GEM have the opportunity to work with candidates who have met our demanding selection criteria. These students are often given privileged access to top-tier research in the fields of business and organizations, which provides them exciting opportunities for high-impact, novel research and joint publications.

    Employability

    Careers

    500 + graduates / 1500+ intellectual contributions/ 25+ years doctoral experience/ GEM: DBA European pioneer

    Companies

    The DBA program at GEM offers senior managers, independent consultants, and senior academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into the highest levels of academia. The DBA is a degree for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research.

    The DBA acts as a lever for rewarding careers. For students and graduates, there is an opportunity to launch or reinforce careers. Our DBA graduates hold full-time and part-time faculty positions in accredited schools and share their experiences through pedagogy and research.

    Those working in commercial or public organizations benefit from new legitimacy as recognized experts in their fields.

    Program Structure

    The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program is divided into two stages:

    Stage I: Training in Doctoral Reseach in Management Sciences

    Philosophy, Methods and Tools (18 to 24 months, part-time study)

    Stage II: Thesis

    (18 to 24 months, part-time study)

    63913| University of Edinburgh| Doctor of Dental Surgery DDS|

    The Doctor of Dental Surgery is a research based qualification that can be taken either full time or part time.

    The programme is aimed at those in the dental profession who wish to develop high level research skills by pursuing original research in the field of study, relating particular research to the general body of knowledge in the field, and presenting the results of the researches in a critical and scholarly way.

    Edinburgh Dental Institute (EDI) works in partnership with two major organisations to deliver high quality education, research and patient care.

    The activities of EDI are as a result of strong cooperation and collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian, NHS Education for Scotland and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

    Training and support

    Our welcoming and friendly environment offers great opportunities for high quality education and research.

    Our transferable skills programme delivers generic training in presentation, project management and writing skills.

    Facilities

    The EDI was established in 1999 to develop education opportunities for dental postgraduates and the dental team.

    We have excellent facilities and are situated centrally within the historic and vibrant capital of Scotland.

    We are located in Lauriston Place in central Edinburgh and occupy the top three floors of the Lauriston Building, a dedicated out-patient centre for dentistry and a number of other medical disciplines.

    63731| University of Wolverhampton| Counselling Psychology Professional Doctorate|

    Our Professional Doctorate is a fully accredited professional training route toward recognition as a qualified counselling psychologist, with expertise in applied psychotherapy and research.

    It is a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues. The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), enabling graduates to have recognised professional expertise. Counselling psychology brings a unique fusion of the science of psychology with the traditions of psychotherapy, enabling trainees to work in a variety of challenging professional practice settings. 

    The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health.

    Building on a programme history spanning two decades, the programme is committed to the development of ethical and reflective practitioners who work collaboratively with clients, as co-creators of the therapeutic experience. A foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work, allows an integrative framework for the development of a range of clinical, research, and reflective skills. It offers an applied working knowledge of humanistic, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic approaches. It supports the development of formulation-driven, integrated, and evidence-based ways of working, where trainees respond to the unique needs of each client they see. 

    What happens on the course?

    The course has both full-time (3 years) and part-time (5 years) pathways. The pathways for this course are structured into two stages in accordance with the University of Wolverhampton Professional Doctorate Course Regulations (2021). These stages are normally sequential and a student progresses to the stage two when stage one has been successfully completed.

    Stage one prepares trainees with the foundations in therapeutic, research, practicum and personal development skills to grow autonomy. At this stage, trainees will engage with therapy trainings in humanism/person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic approach and critical psychopathology modules, as well as trainings and engagement with research methods and clinical placement. 

    At stage two, trainees consolidate their learning towards becoming a professional and attaining qualification. Here, trainees will maximally engage in their doctoral thesis, continue their therapy trainings in human development and psychodynamic therapies, as well as engage with advanced level clinical practice and personal development.

    Potential Career Paths

    Applying theory and research in helping to resolve a range of client’s life issues such as relationship difficulties, bereavement, sexual abuse and trauma, counselling psychologists bring extensive training in psychotherapy and a grounding in evidence-based research to alleviate distress and improve personal functioning.

    Types of employment where you can use your Psychology degree outside of becoming a registered psychologist include:

    • commercial companies (analyst, statistician, public relations)
    • charities (engagement worker, fundraiser, project leader, grant writer, PR)
    • advertising, press and media.
    • financial organisations (insurance, banking, statistician)
    • human resources (recruitment company, HR manager, careers consultant, coach)
    • local and national government
    • the legal sector (e.g. legal researcher)
    • the NHS (creative therapies, mental health support work, speech and language therapy, management training programmes)
    • security services (intelligence officer with MI5, customs officer, police forces)
    • National Probation Service and prisons etc
    • schools, sixth form colleges and colleges of further education
    • social services

    Counselling psychologists work in a range of settings, performing assessment and therapy with clients presenting with personal problems. They offer assessment and formulation work, followed by brief and long-term psychotherapies characterised by active collaborative relationship, facilitating empowerment and change. Areas of work include the effects of childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, and complex family issues.

    The skills of a counselling psychologist extend outside the therapeutic setting such as leading and developing mental health services, clinical supervision, legal settings, court and expert witness work and consultation with charities. Some examples of work settings are:

    • NHS - including primary care; community mental health teams; tertiary settings for psychiatric in-patients; specialist services for older adults, those with eating disorders, personality disorders and learning difficulties; and in general healthcare settings where psychological services are offered.
    • Prison and Probationary Services - social services; voluntary organisations; employee assistance programmes; occupational health departments; student counselling services, and as an independent consultant.
    • As a private practitioner - engaging in therapy with those seeking therapy through insurance agencies or charities, providing clinical supervision, training placements, and consulting to solicitors and other organisations.
    63730| University of Wolverhampton| Professional Doctorate in Health & Wellbeing|

    Like a traditional PhD route the Professional Doctorate is a Research Degree, but it is designed to develop the individual’s capacity to work within a professional context and is considered more likely to introduce research into the nature of professional practice.

    The Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton embraces two philosophies simultaneously. On the one hand, it embodies traditional research-based purposes derived from the PhD model. From this perspective, the programme is designed to develop competent researchers through a programme of training in research methods and the production of a research thesis at both Level 7 and Level 8. The modules represent a coherent pattern of research progress and throughout the programme there is considerable emphasis upon professional development and practice

    The innovative dimension of the programme is in its design for experienced professional practitioners e.g. nurses, social workers and medics, rather than for academic student researchers. It carries the explicit purpose of maintaining researchers in professional practice by undertaking research that focuses on their professional development and the needs of their organisations. The course team recognise the value of preparing students for employment and the need for HE institutions to work in partnership with employers. The needs of employers and students have been considered by incorporating current philosophies and health policy into the pathways. Employers such as those within NHS Trusts, Local Councils and Private Health Companies who sponsor to the University are looking for a course that meets their needs. Thus this pathway aims to meet the demands of health, wellbeing, social work and care services for creativity and enterprise.

    The modular approach allows the pathway to be flexible and responsive, and the design of modules allows some choice in study methods. The concept of an ‘effective practitioner’ has greater connotations than an enhanced ability to practise; these include innovation, managing change and the ability to pursue ideas to fruition. The team are mindful of the need to maximise the opportunity for strategic thinking and provide a proactive educational experience that enables practitioners to adapt to change and become proponents and creators of new professional knowledge.

    The programme will focus on advanced learning that achieves major organisational change and/or excellence in professional practice, rather than only research leading to a major thesis. Consequently, it will not be perceived as too abstract, or too separate from the time consuming challenges and demands of professional work. Furthermore, because it will be closely integrated with existing work, it will be seen as adding value to the work of any particular professional area as well as enhancing and developing the candidate’s abilities.

    In addition to the academic robustness of this Doctorate, Faculty staff involved in providing this programme have a wide research background and the programme will capitalise on these particular research strengths. The University's academic year is divided into 2 semesters for the purposes of teaching, but recognises the normal breaks associated with traditional holidays in December/January, March/April and July/August.

    University Academic Calendar.

    Educational Aims of the Course

    The educational aims of the course are to develop an individual’s professional practice and to support them in producing an original contribution to professional knowledge in that area worthy of publication. The standard of this Doctorate is of the level and intellectual challenge equivalent to a PhD degree. It is fundamental to the course that it is designed to develop research and professional skills in addition to supporting the conduct of original research related to the student’s professional practice. The programme of study is situated within professional practice and students will be required to show evidence that through the course of their studies, they have made a significant contribution to working practices within their professional area.

    By combining traditional taught sessions with virtual technologies teaching becomes a more personalised experience and is taken outside of the classroom. Examples of the strategies for blended learning within this programme include:

    • Electronic content to support modules on CANVAS
    • Electronic feedback for students for formative work. Tutorials and teaching sessions may be carried out remotely or face to face
    • Collaborative learning opportunities

    Doctoral study pathway

    The educational design of the Doctorate is focused heavily towards independent study. This is particularly demanding, requiring refinement of the skills of enquiry and innovation. This style of study draws on such personal attributes as motivation, self-determination and enthusiasm. As postgraduate study focuses on this style of learning, your studies will appear to be very different from a traditional taught pathway. This may take some adjustment. You will, however, be supported by your postgraduate tutorial group and by your module leaders. 

    Progression

    Within Stage 1 you will undertake an extended piece of research at Level 7. The research area you have chosen at this stage may be developed and evolved within the Level 8 modules and final thesis.

    To progress to the thesis module, you must have passed all taught modules and have produced a research proposal outlining your proposed research plan for this study and an action plan of the timings of your main outputs (such as getting ethical approval, collecting materials or data and writing up particular chapters) for the period of your thesis research study.

    The information in your research proposal will be used to finalise a suitable supervisory team for the duration of your Thesis research study. Students taking this course are all engaged in professional roles, so this course is studied part time time. 

    Employability in the Curriculum

    Participation in this programme aims to enhance individual professional practice and expertise of all candidates. Successful graduates would be expected to take a leading role in developing excellence in fields such as management, entrepreneurship, clinical practice, teaching or student development in their own work place or institution as appropriate.

    63540| York St John University| Professional Doctorate in Education|

    On this doctoral programme you will investigate issues that relate to you as an education professional. There will be a focus on areas that shape the context in which you're conducting your research.

    The learning style is informal and collegiate. There is a strong emphasis in the first two years on developing your writing. You will also focus on critically engaging with key ideas and developing a research project. The collegiality continues into stage two as you write your doctoral thesis. At this point there will be extended opportunities to share ideas and issues with fellow students and supervisors.

    An unusual feature of this doctorate is that the taught modules are shared with professionals from a variety of backgrounds. This allows us to quickly identify the common issues faced by professionals embarking on doctoral-level research. You will see how broad theoretical ideas can be fruitfully applied to specific contexts, and how to apply concepts and ideas to the questions you'd like to explore.

    To be admitted to stage two you will need to pass all four modules in stage one. You will also need to successfully pitch your thesis proposal at a transfer panel. Stage two can last between two and four years. During this time you'll keep in touch with us at the May teaching session and individually with your supervisors at other times. Supervisory meetings may be in person or online.

    Course structure

    • Identifying and articulating issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Contextualising issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Researching issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Influencing and impacting on issues in professional practice (45 credits)
    • Doctoral thesis (360 credits)

    Teaching and assessment

    Most sessions consist of seminar-style dialogue and debate. You'll be expected to read the set material in advance and staff will work with you to engage with the ideas and discourses that best suit your interests and needs.

    We consider that as a doctoral student, you will learn best through practical application. This will include producing drafts that help you to form your writing style and distinctive researcher voice.

    In the first year you will have fixed points at which you need to submit drafts of your two 8000-word essays. You will then receive detailed feedback from your course leaders and supervisors. The following year, and the thesis stage, will follow a similar pattern.

    Essays are marked on a pass/fail basis. However, we do indicate the overall standard so that you can gauge the level of writing required for good doctoral work.

    All four modules must be passed for you to be accepted on to stage two.

    The thesis is treated as per a PhD thesis, and will be assessed by the same processes by both internal and external examiners.

    63398| Leeds Beckett University| EdD Professional Doctorate in Education|

    This is a cross-disciplinary research degree with equivalent learning outcomes to a PhD, including its level of award and title. It aims to extend and deepen your knowledge of contemporary educational issues and will help to refine your research skills by providing you with the opportunity to undertake a research project within your chosen professional field.

    You will enhance your understanding of research and its application, engaging in critical discussions and reflections that involve in-depth consideration of the relationships between theory and practice. The academic portion of this programme consists of three taught units. The thesis component involves one substantive research study of 60,000 words.

    Support will be provided in your first year of taught study through evening and Saturday face-to-face sessions on campus, combined with regular meetings with your supervisor. You will continue to be supported throughout the remainder of your research programme by your supervisory teams and as you engage in the University's research culture and network with like-minded peers.

    This course provides you with the opportunity to progress your professional learning and development through an extended period of research-based study with the intention of making original contributions to knowledge.

    Why study Education at Leeds Beckett University...

    1. Part time course
    2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
    3. Start on your path in becoming a professional doctorate in education
    4. Dedicated pastoral care team
    5. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations
    6. We offer distinctive and creative programmes that are responsive to the changes taking place in society

    TEACHING & LEARNING

    Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

    Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

    MODULES, WORKLOAD & MORE

    CAREER PROSPECTS

    Whatever your professional setting, this doctoral programme is designed to further your career and enhance your professional and research profile. Undertaking an extended research-based study will help you to develop as a research professional and will allow you to make an original contribution to your chosen area of expertise.

    Course information is updated on this page twice a year. For the latest course information, please visit the Leeds Beckett website.

    63374| Anglia Ruskin University ARU| DProf - Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care|

    This programme is for health or social care practitioners with postgraduate qualifications who want to research a policy or practice issue that’s relevant to their area of work and use the findings to influence the way things are done.

    The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DProfHSC) provides an opportunity to plan and undertake doctoral research with the aim of developing an area of professional practice and make an original contribution to existing knowledge.

    The DProfHSC is undertaken in two stages. In Stage 1 you will undertake four 30 credit Level 7 modules, including:

    • Advanced Professional Practice
    • Critically Reviewing the Evidence
    • Advanced Research Approaches
    • Advanced Research Methods

    During the structured first stage of the programme, you’ll develop your research ideas with the help of an academic advisor. Study days, workshops and online resources provide research training and orientation leading to the submission of a research proposal.

    With your proposal formally approved, you’ll then progress to the supervised research stage of your higher-level degree, developing your thesis with support from your supervisors. In stage 2, you must achieve your Confirmation of Registration and your progress will be appraised at Annual Reviews.  

    Throughout both stages of the programme you are supported by advisers and supervisors who have broad areas of interest in the field of health and social care, along with a range of methodological expertise.

    You will also actively engage with the Faculty's and the University's research training and activities, including conferences, seminar programmes, invited speakers and much more. The programme concludes in the submission of your final thesis and a ‘viva voce’ examination to defend it.

    Supervision and support

    We can support and supervise doctoral students in most areas of health and social care. Please contact us to discuss this further.

    Your faculty

    The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

    We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

    We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

    ARU research

    Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

    Careers

    You’ll receive comprehensive postgraduate training and develop transferrable skills that will equip you for your research project and wider career.

    These skills include research planning, use of research methods and techniques, development of theoretical concepts, research analysis, conference presentation, academic writing and publishing.

    We’ll encourage you to publish articles during your research project and present your findings at conferences, including those we hold here at the University.

    Many of our research graduates enhance their careers by using their findings to recommend new policies or pilot new practice, locally or nationally. 

    62777| University of Central Lancashire| Criminal Justice - DProf|

    The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice provides an alternative award for the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The D.Prof is a unique programme designed for professionals working in the Criminal Justice sector who are interested in furthering their development as expert practitioners.

    You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminal justice and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

    This bespoke qualification can be tailored to professional requirements, increasing the potential for personal development and career progression.

    The course has two points of entry - Stage One involves undertaking an MSc in Criminal Justice.

    Stage Two involves undertaking the Professional Doctorate Thesis, and a level 8 module.

    The course is either 4 years full time (1 year MSc + 3 years Professional Doctorate Thesis) or 8 years part time (2 years MSc + 6 years Professional Doctorate Thesis). If students are admitted directly at Stage 2 this will be reduced to 3 years full time or 6 years part time.

    Why study with us

    • Online resources provide the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, within a guided and structured framework.
    • The course is taught by lecturers with frontline experience in criminal justice organisations and those who are research active in this area.

    What you'll do

    • You’ll benefit from established professional links with Lancashire Constabulary and other law enforcement agencies, regionally, nationally and internationally.
    • The Professional Doctorate course is delivered by a diverse range of experienced research/practitioner active staff from within the School.
    • You’ll develop a professional approach to research practice in criminal justice by analysing and critiquing the philosophical dimensions of research methodology and the use of current research techniques.

    Learning and assessment

    As this course is exclusively online, the programme will make extensive use of Blackboard (eLearn), which promotes access to a variety of resources and materials designed to meet the learning needs of distance learning students.

    Extensive resources are available to support your studies (ie SPSS) provided by the University’s Library and IT staff. You’ll have access to a huge range of electronic resources including e-journals and databases, eBooks, images and texts.

    The Professional Doctorate course is delivered by a diverse range of experienced research/practitioner active staff from within the School. You can access information (eg about staff research interest and publications) via online staff profiles (available through the appropriate School web pages). In addition, specialist staff such as those from the University Learning Information Service’s may contribute to modules, where their particular expertise will enhance your learning experience.

    Further information

    The Professional Doctorate is designed to augment students in developing their careers through the following routes:

    • To develop a career as an independent researcher
    • To undertake research projects in a particular research setting that you may work in already (or propose to work in), or be associated to in some capacity
    • To engage with other professionals in various criminal justice fields
    • To enhance your career prospects as a researching professional with the ability to contribute to new practice through the generation of original knowledge
    • To enter into a career within academia.


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