University of Bath Featured Professional Doctorate Programmes
University of Bath Featured Professional Doctorate Programmes

Welcome to Find A Professional Doctorate

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.


Latest Professional Doctorates

59066| Queen Mary University of London| Oral Medicine DClinDent|

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

This DClinDent programme will expand your knowledge and skills in oral medicine and provide an excellent preparation for your career as a specialist in this field.

You’ll take a programme of seminars, lectures and tutorials, starting with an introductory course on the fundamentals of oral medicine 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, conducting treatment planning and clinical procedures, including a number of complex treatments. 

You’ll also complete a research project, where you’ll demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem in oral medicine. 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 programme includes:

  • Four compulsory knowledge and clinical skills modules
  • One compulsory research module, including your final dissertation (up to 50,000 words)

You'll be taught through a combination of expert seminars, supervised clinical 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.

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

If you study with us, you will join a dynamic, successful school with a first-class reputation: the Institute is ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2019 Complete University Guide, 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.

58722| University College London| Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology|

The UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is the largest professional training course for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom, and welcomes high-calibre candidates from the UK and abroad. The course provides a first-rate training in clinical psychology, leading to a doctoral qualification accredited by the UK's Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Course's overarching aim is to train independently minded, scientifically-oriented and compassionate clinicians capable of taking a leadership role in health services at home or abroad. 

The UCL Course is at the forefront of many of the national and local developments and innovations which impact on the profession, and many members of staff are closely involved in NHS planning at both national and local level. We aim to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective clinical practitioners in a rapidly changing NHS. The Course has an explicitly pluralistic ethos and exposes trainees to a variety of approaches. It also encourages practice that demonstrates an awareness of equal opportunities and a sensitivity to the multi-cultural contexts routinely encountered in clinical work in London.

The course is three years in length and consists of a mixture of taught lectures, seminars and workshops running alongside a series of 6 placements based in clinical services in and around London. The academic programme is delivered by a highly experienced team of clinical psychologists, many of whom are world-leaders in their academic and clinical fields. The clinical placements provide trainees with opportunities to develop their skills under experienced supervision in a wide variety of contexts, using a broad range of models, and with a wide spectrum of clients.

As a course that is based in one of the world's top research-intensive universities, UCL trainees have the opportunity to conduct high-quality research under the supervision of leading scientists in the field.

Introduction to the Curriculum

The curriculum is informed by the Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Psychologists set out by the Health & Care Professions Council, and the BPS accreditation criteria for training in Clinical Psychology. Its design is intended to ensure that by the end of training trainees attain the following overarching competencies:

  • The skills, knowledge and values to develop working alliances with clients in order to carry out psychological assessment, develop a formulation based on psychological theories, carry out psychological interventions, evaluate their work, and provide reports;
  • The skills, knowledge and values to work effectively with systems having an impact on clients;
  • The skills, knowledge and values to conduct research that enables the profession to develop its knowledge base and to monitor and improve the effectiveness of its work;
  • The ability to understand and evaluate the evidence base relevant to clinical psychology practice;
  • The knowledge and professional skills to effectively represent a psychological perspective in their dealings with service users, carers and members of other professions;
  • An understanding of fundamental ethical principles and standards and how to ensure these are adhered to in all areas of their work;
  • The ability to think about their work in a reflective manner;
  • An ability to work in partnership with service users and carers and a recognition of the value of consulting these groups on the design and delivery of services.

Structure of the Programme

In order to facilitate trainees' broader understanding of the material covered in the teaching programme, the following structural initiatives have been incorporated into the teaching programme:

  • Where appropriate, a clear distinction, in terms of teaching delivery, between theory and practice, to maintain coherence and to make the process by which theory and practice are connected more explicit. This is considered a key objective in order to support the development of trainees' critical thinking skills. In practice, this means explicitly theory-oriented and practice-oriented sessions supplemented by time in the curriculum dedicated to the links between them.
  • The structural organization of the teaching programme reflects a coherent developmental process that is designed to facilitate trainees' thinking and learning.
  • An academic framework for teaching that reflects the underlining conceptual framework of academic and professional clinical psychology, rather than one based primarily on specialty, and combines generic and specific teaching.
  • A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning, including didactic lectures, small group work, experiential sessions, a range of seminars, masterclasses, conferences and self-directed learning. This combination of approaches is designed to address different learner needs and provide trainees with opportunities to reflect on key theoretical issues in clinical psychology and their application in clinical practice and research.

The coherence of the teaching programme is a key principle and target. Its aim is to ensure that trainees develop their skills in line with their progression through placements and increasing skills and experience. Some first year topics are returned to in the third year to allow for further development and refinement of skills and theoretical understanding with increased experience. The curriculum aims to reflect current practice of clinical psychologists in the NHS and is reviewed every year to ensure it remains relevant to current practice. The content of the academic programme reflects a balance between the need to develop generic skills to allow trainees to work across the lifespan in a wide variety of settings, and the need to ensure that areas of specialist expertise are introduced and developed. Most importantly, the academic programme is organized in a way that reflects the conceptual structure of academic clinical psychology and takes a lifespan perspective.

Entry requirements

For full details on entry requirements, please see:

UK/EU applicants

International students

58684| Berlin School of Business and Innovation| DBA Doctorate in Business Administration|

Challenge yourself to evolve and adapt to an ever-changing business environment with the Doctorate in Business Administration. Through this four-year programme, you will develop your leadership capabilities by learning about advanced management theories as well as research and business models.  

By the end of the programme, you will have advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills that will enable you to lead an organisation to meet and surpass its strategic goals. You will spend your final two years writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice to showcase what you have learnt and realise its applicability in the business world.

Our programme is taught at our campus in central Berlin, a city famous its thriving start up community filled with career options for graduates. To enable you to take advantage of these opportunities, BSBI offers free German language lessons. These ensure you are ready to successfully integrate into the German workforce should you decide to stay in Germany upon graduating. 

To help you get your educational journey started, BSBI has partnered with a legal firm to offer support on getting your visa.  

58608| University of Limerick| Clinical Psychology, Doctorate Programme|

This is a full time three year professional course, leading to a Doctoral qualification in clinical psychology. Graduates are qualified to work as Clinical Psychologists. There are four key strands around which course delivery is organised: (1) Academic Competence; (2) Clinical Competence; (3) Research Competence; (4) Personal Development. Programme delivery is through active learning workshops based on adult learning principles including experiential learning, skills practice and reflective practice.

Overview

This is a full time three year professional course, leading to a Doctoral qualification in clinical psychology. Graduates are qualified to work as Clinical Psychologists. The programme is designed around the Accreditation Guidelines of the Psychological Society of Ireland for postgraduate courses in Clinical Psychology. There are four key strands around which course delivery is organised: (1) Academic Competence; (2) Clinical Competence; (3) Research Competence; (4) Personal Development. The programme is primarily based on the principles of life-span developmental psychology as applied in the clinical setting. There is a strong emphasis on empirically based theoretical orientations including psycho-dynamic, cognitive and behavioural theories. Programme delivery is through active learning workshops based on adult learning principles including experiential learning, skills practice and reflective practice.

Objectives

  • To provide a programme that is academically rigorous to the highest standards of its international counterparts, that accords with the principles of best practice in professional education of clinical psychologists and that meets standards laid down by The Psychological Society of Ireland
  • To enable students to develop clinical practitioner skills through appropriate, supervised clinical placements in which clinical and research skills can be applied in a real world setting.
  • To engage students in academic and service-based research.
  • To promote student ability and commitment to practice within a strong ethical framework.
  • To provide the community with competent professional clinical psychologists to work in the health service.

Graduate Profile

Clinical Psychologists to work in the Health Service, Voluntary Body Sector, The Prison Service and other related areas.

58541| University of Oxford| DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development|

The Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Sustainable Urban Development is a part-time programme that provides outstanding students an opportunity to pursue in-depth and rigorous research about the pressing challenges of urban sustainability and the processes of environmental, economic, and social development in urban environments around the world.

Students admitted to the programme are usually motivated to undertake detailed research in preparation for an academic career and other research-intensive occupations; to have a substantial impact on future policy-making processes; or to pursue and/or advance their professional career at organizations and institutions operating in the field of sustainable urban development. The course provides the student with support and an intellectual environment by leading scholars in the field to pursue independent research.

The DPhil programme welcomes applications from those with a Master’s in a related subject, as well as applications from those already awarded the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from this University.

Supervision is available from a range of specialists across the University of Oxford.

Description

The DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development is a research doctorate, which culminates in a substantive academic thesis of around 100,000 words. As such, successful applicants will have a very strong academic record, as well as showing great aptitude through their academic proposal, and a display of future potential. Although we are keen to attract individuals for whom there is a strong overlap between academic and career interests, DPhil candidates will be examined solely on the intellectual quality of the final thesis and performance in a viva voce. Intellectual drive, ambition and vision are therefore crucial attributes.

There is an expectation that candidates will read widely and in depth throughout their time on the programme, and show the ability to think about and critique current theoretical thinking in their chosen area of study. It is hoped that the final thesis might substantially advance theoretical thinking (in addition to broadening the empirical base) within a number of interdisciplinary areas.

Programme details

This DPhil programme is taken over a minimum of four years (12 terms) and a maximum of eight years (24 terms). Students are required to attend a minimum of 30 days of university-based work each year for the duration of the studies, to be arranged with the agreement of the supervisor. As part of the minimum 30 days per year requirement, students are expected to take part in three termly Doctoral Weeks (see below).

Students admitted to this degree conduct their own research under the guidance of a University supervisor, who will advise on all aspects of training, development and academic progress. Students must be prepared to work independently a good deal, and will need considerable personal motivation. Students are required to have a good general knowledge of the field within which research falls and of the methods appropriate to the study of this field. Throughout the period of study, students are part of a thriving international graduate community of peers engaged with sustainable urban development, including students in our MSc in Sustainable Urban Development.

Students are admitted initially as a Probationary Research Student (PRS), in line with University regulations on doctorates. During the probationary period, students develop and begin work on the thesis topic. They will develop research skills through a range of training and skills development offered during the termly Doctoral Week, as well as via the Department’s Graduate School and other units across the University.

The termly Doctoral Week brings together students from all cohorts on the programme to discuss relevant topics in sustainable urban development, as well as to develop research skills and engage it additional research training and development.

Students must apply for a Transfer of Status from PRS to DPhil status between the 6th and the 8th terms after admission (each academic year at Oxford has three terms). This involves the submission of a piece of written work that is examined by two assessors (neither of whom will be supervisors). This process is to ensure that the student’s work is of potential DPhil quality and that the methodology of the research is appropriate and feasible. Upon successful completion of the Transfer of Status, students usually undertake a period of fieldwork over one to two years.

Students will also be required to apply for a Confirmation of Status as DPhil sometime between the 12th and 18th terms after admission. This will also involve the submission of a piece of written work that is assessed by two assessors (neither of whom are supervisors). The Confirmation assessment is different to the Transfer assessment as the assessors will be focusing on how the research is progressing, the quality of the draft thesis chapters, and on the plan for completion. The assessors will be looking to ensure that the student is making the appropriate amount of progress in the development of the thesis, so that thesis submission will be achieved within the time limit.

Assessment methods

Award of the DPhil is dependent upon completion of a 100,000-word doctoral thesis within an area of Sustainable Urban Development to the satisfaction of two examiners (neither of whom are supervisors) and defending that thesis in a more formal viva voce with the two examiners.

58250| Birmingham City University| Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques - AdvProfDip / GradCert / PgCert|

This course is not open to International students.

Do you want to learn the theory and application of clinical hypnotherapy? This course will help you gain theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnosis and related techniques. You will improve and enhance your consultation skills and widen your approaches to common mental health problems.

This programme can be studied part-time at a variety of levels and is run in partnership with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). 

What's covered in the course?

You will learn through lead lectures, group discussion, practical demonstrations and guided student-to- student practice.

You will be taught by experienced practising clinicians and academics from medicine, dentistry, psychology and nursing who are accredited by BSCAH.

The course will include four two-day attendance over a 10 month period at City South Campus where full access to library, student support and simulation facilities will be available.

Why Choose Us?

  • BSCAH is a non-profit making registered charity.
  • The team delivering the course are members of the Midlands branch of BSCAH, practising clinicians, and form part of a development programme that has been running for 20 years.
  • You will be learning with clinicians who are medically qualified and understand your day to day pressures of clinical work.
  • You will have plenty of time to complete your written assignments to help you balance alongside your work commitments.
  • The qualification you receive can be included on your professional plate/correspondence.
  • You will have full NUS membership.
  • You will learn how to reduce your own professional/personal stress levels.

How you learn

You will study part time, tutorial support and supervision is available throughout the course and Moodle online resources supplement the face to face teaching.

Students enrolling on the course will have full access to the student support and our library and resources.

Teaching description

This course will involve group work. You will be invited to work in pairs/threes/ small groups to practice techniques that have been demonstrated. Supervision and advice will be to hand for help and guidance.

You will be invited to discuss cases with the class. These can be from your professional or personal experiences. All cases will be dealt with confidentially. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss any work related problems you may have with implementation of your new skills with the other students/staff.

Past students have reported favourably on the feedback from their fellow clinicians when dealing with professional or personal matters.

Accreditation

After graduating from this course, you will have the opportunity to and achieve professional accreditation with BSCAH.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course will give you enhanced communication skills with patients and clients.

You will also be able to support patients with relaxation and stress reduction strategies.

Previous students who have successfully integrated Clinical Hypnosis into their practice include:

  • A consultant psychiatrist
  • Dentists
  • A hospital based clinical psychologist
  • A consultant anaesthetist
  • A GP
  • Nurses
  • A physiotherapist
  • A paediatric nurse.

They have gone on to educate their respective teams about the benefits of communication techniques within clinical practice.

57983| Open University| Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DHSC)|

If you’re seeking a new challenge in your professional and personal development, our Doctorate in Health and Social Care could be for you. Designed to support experienced professionals, our Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DHSC) enables committed professionals to study flexibly to achieve a doctorate.

This innovative, part-time programme is designed to support original research that will have an impact on health and social care practice or policy. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own practice-based research in a structured and supportive environment.

Programme structure

You’ll undertake four years of part-time study, in two stages:

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

This comprises the ‘taught’ component of the programme, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge to support your engagement with the research and the practice field in which your project is located. This phase will involve you studying online modules on topics including: 

·        the context of health and social care research

·        literature review

·        ethics

·        the principles of research design

·        methods of data collection and analysis.

Stage 1 is assessed through the submission of formative and summative assignments that focus on developing your literature review, refining your research questions and your proposal for research. 

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Students who successfully complete Stage 1 will progress to Stage 2 – the ‘research’ component of the programme. During this time, you’ll carry out your study and work towards completing your thesis. The research stage has a structured schedule of submission of assignments which will pace you through ‘work in progress’ pieces and provide regular opportunities for feedback on your progress.

Throughout both stages you’ll be supported through online seminar discussions and annual residential weekends at the OU’s campus in Milton Keynes. You’ll be allocated two supervisors – your main one in year 1 and a co-supervisor in year 2.

Application process

Our next intake to the DHSC is October 2020 – the formal application period will open on the 1st November 2019 and close on the 31st January 2020. We welcome research proposals that fall into one of the following areas of study.

  • Care and Advocacy
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Social Work and Social Care

You’ll need to send your completed application form and research proposal to – [email protected]. The application form and research proposal template can be found on our website and contains more information on what you need to include with your application.

Visit our website for more information on the application process and to download relevant forms: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/professional-doctorates_process

57982| Open University| Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)|

If you’re seeking a new challenge in your professional and personal development, our Doctorate in Education could be for you. Designed to support experienced professionals, our Doctorate in Education (EdD) enables committed professionals to study flexibly to achieve a doctorate.

This innovative, part-time programme is designed to support original research that will have an impact on education practice or policy. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own practice-based research in a structured and supportive environment.

Programme structure

You’ll undertake four years of part-time study, in two stages:

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

This comprises the ‘taught’ component of the programme, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge to support your engagement with the research and the practice field in which your project is located. This phase will involve you studying online modules on topics including: 

·        the context of education research

·        literature review

·        ethics

·        the principles of research design

·        methods of data collection and analysis.

Stage 1 is assessed through the submission of formative and summative assignments that focus on developing your literature review, refining your research questions and your proposal for research. 

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Students who successfully complete Stage 1 will progress to Stage 2 – the ‘research’ component of the programme. During this time, you’ll carry out your study and work towards completing your thesis. The research stage has a structured schedule of submission of assignments which will pace you through ‘work in progress’ pieces and provide regular opportunities for feedback on your progress.

Throughout both stages you’ll be supported through online seminar discussions and annual residential weekends at the OU’s campus in Milton Keynes. You’ll be allocated two supervisors – your main one in year 1 and a co-supervisor in year 2. 

Application process

Our next intake to the EdD is October 2020 – the formal application period will open on the 1st November 2019 and close on the 31st January 2020. We welcome research proposals that fall into one of the following areas of study.

·        Child and youth studies

·        Curriculum, equity and assessment

·        Educational leadership, management and development

·        Technology enhanced learning

·        Language and literacy

You’ll need to send your completed application form and research proposal to – [email protected]. The application form and research proposal template can be found on our website and contains more information on what you need to include with your application.

Visit our website for more information on the application process and to download relevant forms: http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/professional-doctorates_process

57618| University of Central Lancashire| Criminal Justice - DProf|

The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice develops current and aspiring criminal justice professionals to operate confidently at a strategic level, providing skills to drive evidence-based change and improve criminal justice performance. 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.

The bespoke qualification can be tailored to professional requirements, thereby increasing the potential for personal development and career progression. Online resources also 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.  

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Extensive resources are available to support your studies (ie SPSS) provided by LIS- library and IT staff. 

LIS provide access to a huge range of electronic resources - e-journals and databases, eBooks, images and texts. 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.

The course team is led by Professor Stuart Kirby, Ph.D., C.Psychol. Stuart served within Lancashire Police between 1977 – 2007 in a variety of uniform and detective roles retiring as Detective Chief Superintendent, Specialist Crime and Operations Division. Since then he has worked at Lancaster University and latterly at The University of Central Lancashire. His Ph.D. was on the subject of Child Sex Offenders and he has conducted research and published widely in the area of policing, crime reduction, and serious and organised crime. He has also designed and presented Criminal Justice lectures and programmes to academic audiences and Criminal Justice Agencies in the UK and internationally (Europe, UAE, India, North America, Australia).

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

INDUSTRY LINKS

Established professional links with Lancashire Constabulary and other law enforcement agencies, regionally, nationally and internationally. Mixed skill set within Prof Doc students provides a great networking experience.

  • Youth Offending Teams
  • National Health Service
  • Local Government
  • Prisons
  • National Crime Agency
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
  • Good links with Poland, Prague, Budapest and Netherlands law enforcement agencies.

The Professional Doctorate course is delivered by a diverse range of experienced research/practitioner active staff from within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences and other schools. In addition specialist staff such as those from the University Learning Information Service may contribute to modules where their particular expertise will enhance your learning experience.

57617| University of Central Lancashire| Computing - DProf|

Offering an equivalent to PhD level, the DProf Computing provides an opportunity for those working in the software or IT industry to complete a programme of study that will lead to a doctorate qualification. The course aims to develop and enhance your understanding of professional practice through academic research. On completion of the course you will have achieved a high degree of personal development and produced an original piece of work that contributes to professional knowledge in the software or IT workplace. Members of the course team have extensive experience of doing industry-based research, with a focus on Agile approaches and User Experience Design.

The two-stage structure means practitioners can progressively develop their research in practice part-time culminating in doctoral research. Stage 1 consists of existing Masters modules that prepare students for the Stage 2 work that comprises original research:

Stage 1 is module-based, involving learning and reflection designed for practicing professionals. This study helps you to develop knowledge of relevant theory and skills in practitioner inquiry and research alongside a professional understanding of your field.

Stage 2 is research-based, and involves you undertaking empirical research into a topic related to practice culminating in writing a doctoral thesis. Alongside this you take one module that supports professional reflective practice.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The learning environment is designed to be flexible to suit the needs of students who are also employed in the workplace.

56904| University of Northampton| Doctor of Business Administration - DBA|

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate with the same status as a PhD. It is the highest qualification available in business and management, designed for senior professionals who wish to advance their careers by developing their academic research and critical thinking skills.

The Northampton DBA is a part-time programme that typically runs over four years. The first two years are structured around facilitated modules that provide the foundations for the research project, the main element of the DBA. This research project needs to make a significant contribution to professional practice by developing existing theories and knowledge.

Course Details

The DBA provides the opportunity for you to cultivate the skills needed to find better solutions for intractable problems and develop new paradigms for the increasingly complex, turbulent and interconnected business environment. It does this by:

  • honing your critical thinking and analytical skills to identify the core or ‘real’ issues
  • refining your capability to evaluate evidence on which to base decisions
  • developing your ability to produce robust and reliable research
  • improving the clarity with which you present and support arguments
  • providing the understanding for you to question ideas and options appropriately

Through undertaking rigorous research into a meaningful and complex issue within your own organisation, you will make a direct contribution to your executive or professional practice.

In this way, the Northampton DBA will enable you to differentiate yourself, not just in terms of having the qualification, but also in the way you work and think.

Please visit the application support page for further information.

Course Content

Please see the DBA Module Progression Download for further information about module content.

Principles of Research

This module provides you with an opportunity to explore the principles of research which underpin investigations in a variety of applied settings. You will critically examine the various ontological and epistemological approaches to knowledge within your discipline and develop a critical awareness of the ethical dilemmas.

Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

This module will develop your skills in quantitative data analysis to an advanced level. You will have the opportunity to develop operational familiarity with a wide range of data management and analytic techniques which are commonly in use in professional

research. You will explore how these techniques may be applied in practice by interrogating established research data sets. By the end of the module, you will be conversant with a broad range of tools which may be considered for use in your doctoral thesis.

Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

In recent years, the application of qualitative approaches to both research and evaluation within the professional arena has been steadily gathering momentum. Some would argue that such techniques can help bridge the gap between scientific evidence and professional work-based practice by enabling researchers to gather ‘richer’ descriptive data which provides valuable insights into the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and experiences of a range of stakeholders. By the end of the module, you will be conversant with a broad range of tools and techniques associated with qualitative methodological approaches, and their philosophical underpinnings, which will then be considered for use in the doctoral thesis.

Developing Leadership in Business Research

This module focuses on the translation of research into practice through the review of research culture, research opportunities, and investigation of issues associated with the leadership and management of research. You will examine potential barriers to the development of a research-based work environment in business including those at organizational, strategic, inter- and intrapersonal levels. You will explore mechanisms for overcoming such hurdles and develop innovative research leadership strategies appropriate for your own working environments across blended interests of public, private, third or community sectors within a corporate citizenship paradigm.

Reflecting on Business Practice

This module provides you with the opportunity to acquire appropriate evidence and to critically reflect upon existing practice and your own experiences within a professional context. You are required to identify an appropriate topic aligned to your professional area and explore the appropriateness of current practice by designing, carrying out and analysing an appropriate audit or evaluation with a clear reference to the contextual research literature. This may include examination of an issue related to business management or organisational related training or education. You should reflect on your findings and make evidence-based recommendations for the improvement of practice environments across blended areas of public, private, third and community sectors within a corporate citizenship paradigm.

The Research Proposal

This module draws together the knowledge and skills provided in the preceding modules so that you can define an original work-based research project with clear aims and research philosophical underpinning. You will be expected to develop this into a robust research proposal that covers methodology, data collection methods and ethical considerations as well as clear aims and objectives.

Professional Research Project

The thesis element of a professional doctorate programme provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate high-level research skills in a written thesis and defend it at an oral examination.

56700| Keele University| Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci)|

The Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci) is a 4-8 year part-time course. In the first two years you would be required to attend the university for taught modules. There are 5 modules in total, each of which is taught in 1-2 day blocks. Around this formal teaching, there are regular opportunities for face to face and e-mail support. In years 3 - 4 (and beyond where necessary) you would work under the guidance and support of a nominated supervisor to produce a 60,000 word thesis.

The programme has been specifically designed for professionals - practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers - at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning.

Specifically the DHealthSci aims to:

  • Promote an understanding of research evidence and methodologies relevant to professional practitioners
  • Develop a critical awareness of the policy context in which professional practice takes place
  • Enable participants to undertake a research study of relevance to their professional activities.
56606| Aberdeen University| MPhil, MRes Sociology|

You can study an MRes or an MPhil research postgraduate degree which you can then either continue to PhD or apply your specialist expertise to a number of industry areas. The Department of Sociology offers you a wide range of possible research options. The team at Aberdeen specialist in very diverse areas of sociology such as:

  • Global conflict and peace studies
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Global political economy
  • Identities and well-being
  • The relationship between humans and other animals

The discipline attracts international academics with wide ranging lecturing and research portfolios worldwide and it attracts an equally diverse student cohort. Research is conducted at the New Europe Centre. This centre researches Europe in terms of behaviour, values, people and policy. There is a seminar series in the discipline area and there are also seminars and events in the wider School and University which you are welcome to attend.

Research centres include the New Europe Centre, and Centre for Global Security and Governance. Staff research interests include political economy and biosocial theory, the changing nature of religion, religion and sexual deviance, gender, ethnic identity, nationalisms, racism, societal change, peace and conflict studies, civil war, quality of life and community wellbeing and more.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about Sociology
  • Find out more about The School of Social Science

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

Find out more: [email protected]

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56605| Aberdeen University| MPhil Real Estate|

You can study an MPhil in Real Estate which you can either continue to PhD or apply your expertise and specialist skills to the sector. The Real Estate discipline is part of the Business School and it is organised in the Centre for Real Estate Research. Real Estate research is integrated across five distinct themes in the Business School which are:

  • Work, Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Finance, Organisation and Governance
  • Theory and Methods
  • Property Market Analysis

Research in the Business School was ranked at 88% ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impacts on society, organisations and the economy (REF 2014). Research in the Business School is conducted within Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance, The Centre for Real Estate Research, Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory and The Centre for European Labour Market Research.

The Business School is ranked as a top three UK university for impact in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education REF 2014) The School offers many programmes which are relevant to the 20 FTSE 100 companies located in Aberdeen to allow students to quickly deliver innovation and business management in the workplace. There are over 83500 alumni across 192 countries in top positions. Students have access to Bloomberg Terminal software and the Virtual Finance Lab. The Business School is a member of the Business Education Alliance.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about Real Estate
  • Find out more about research at The Business School

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56604| Aberdeen University| MSc Psychology (Research)|

Researchers use behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to understand the relationship between perception and environment among clinical and healthy individuals. Research is grouped around three themes which are:

  • Cognition – the exploration of attention, language and memory
  • Perception and Attention – the physical parameters of the environment in healthy and clinical populations
  • Social Cognition – investigates social interactions using neuroimaging techniques

The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Psychology degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society. Within these themes there are specialist groups who conduct research, funded by research councils, governments and charitable groups. Psychology has been taught at The University of Aberdeen since 1896 when the Anderson Lectureship in Comparative Psychology was founded. The lectureship resulted from a bequest from Reverend William Anderson to then continue research.

In addition to the three themes, the Applied Psychology and Human Factors Group researches human factors, clinical psychology and pedagogical research in a multidisciplinary environment and via groups in other School such as Aberdeen Neuroscience network. There are numerous facilities to support research and these include:

  • The Psychophysiology Centre – EEG equipment and high-resolution CRT displays
  • Colour Psychophysics Lab – two dark rooms with testing machines
  • Grasp Lab – tracking technology (Optotrak 3020, TrakStar, EOG Eyelink)
  • Language and Number Lab – Eprime software, Marantz solid state recorders
  • Emotion Lab – E-Prime, E-DataAid, Excell SPSS, touch screen experiments
  • Eye Tracking Facilities – Eyelink 1000
  • Behavioural Testing
  • Industrial Psychology Research Centre

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

Find out more: pgrsadmissions:abdn.ac.uk 

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56603| Aberdeen University| MPhil, MRes Politics and International Relations|

You can study an MRes by research or an MPhil by research which you can then continue to PhD or apply your knowledge within industry. We investigate some of the world’s most challenging problems across state, regional and international issues and we work across disciplines. Research is grouped into four key themes which include:

  • Democracy and Representation
  • Conflict and Security
  • Comparative Politics and Policy
  • Political and International Relations Theory

Successful postgraduates work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MOD, foreign governments, military services, research consultancies, international business and banking, parliamentary research, marketing, lobbying and academic careers.  You study in the Department of Politics and International Relations within The School of Social Science. Research supervisors focus on political problems facing democracy, disputes, power-sharing, multi ethnic states, the European Union, and interdisciplinary research. Interdisciplinary research focuses more on topics such as energy policy, environmental policy, health policy, identify politics, gender and ethnicity and international politics.

The MPhil is a research degree is taken over 24 months on a full-time basis or 48 months on a part time basis. The MRes in Social Research is a one-year degree which combines specialist and generic training to allow you to either apply your knowledge in third and public sector policy work or continue on to a PhD. The Department of Politics and International Relations offer a wide range of seminars and events which you are welcome to attend.

The School of Social Sciences offer a wide range of research across sociology, anthropology and politics and international relations. Research centres include the New Europe Centre and the Centre for Global Security and Governance. 

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible
  • Find out more: [email protected]

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56602| Aberdeen University| MSc Physics (Research)|

The MSc by research degree covers a wide range of areas which range from Astronomy and Engineering to Complex Systems and Mathematical Modelling. The research is interdisciplinary with links to engineering, chemistry, biological sciences, orthopaedics, biology, biomedical sciences, medical sciences and geology.

Research includes:

  • Gravitation and Cosmology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Systems Biology
  • Solid State and Device Physics
  • Atomic Structures of Solids and Solid-State Properties
  • Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology

The Department of Physics has produced world innovating Physicists such as James Clerk Maxwell who invented the first colour photograph in 1861. Research within the Department allows you to gain ‘hands on’ knowledge and research which is action orientated, and experimental across theoretical areas. Research covers general relativity, solid-state physics, dynamical systems and chaos.

Graduates go on to careers in meteorology, medical physics, environmental monitoring, astronomy, particle physics, geophysics, materials science, invention, design, teaching and financial modelling. The Department of Physics is cross disciplinary in nature. Research takes place within the Department and Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Bio.

You are welcome to attend events and seminars in the Department of Physics, The School of Natural and Computing Science and the wider University whilst you study.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about Physics
  • Find out more about the Department of Physics and The School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible
  • Find out more: [email protected]

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56601| Aberdeen University| MSc Nutrition and Health (Research)|

If you want to study an MSc by research within nutrition and health related areas this programme will enable you to take full advantage of this and the wide ranging research areas open to you. You study at the world renowned Rowett Institute. The Institute has had a major positive impact on human nutrition and animal health for over 100 years. It offers four main research themes which are:

  • Gut Health
  • Metabolic Health
  • Obesity and Food Choice
  • Life-course and Population Health

The Institute offers state of the art facilities which include a human nutrition unit, core facilities, metabolite, DNA and protein analysis and suites of modern purpose designed research laboratories. The Rowett Institute concentrated on diseases of malnutrition before the Second World War and after the war it identified many micronutrients and their importance in the diet. Today it focuses on the increasing problems of human diet and wellbeing.

The Institute provides knowledge exchange across industry and its research directly influences policy, the food industry and new innovations to better understand public health impacts from different sources of nutrition. There is a lively range of seminars and events at the Rowett Institute and the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition and across the wider University.

The Rowett Institute offers facilities to support research across genomics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, chemistry, liquid and gas chromatography, and gas isotope radio mass spectrometry.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about Nutrition and Health
  • Find out about the Rowett Institute and The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible
  • Find out more: [email protected]

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56600| Aberdeen University| MPhil Music|

You can study both an MMus or MPhil by research within the Department of Music. Music at Aberdeen offers you a flourishing research environment in composition, instrumental, electroacoustic, historical, computational and sonic arts and sound studies. Research staff regularly perform on BBC radio and television and their work is performed across the world. Postgraduates can study an MMus by research in musicology, composition, performance, sonic arts, or vocal music.

Research groups are interdisciplinary, and they include:

  • Sound Emporium Research Group
  • Elphinstone Institute

The Department has 10 academic members of staff with over 30 visiting instrumental teachers. There are regular seminars and musical events in the Department of Music. The Department provides a lively range of concerts which are held in Kings College Chapel, the Blue Lamp and other venues across the campus and citywide covering many genres of music. There is a postgraduate reading group which is run by postgraduate students for postgraduate students to discuss musical topics and there is a composer’s forum.

Areas of research interests include:

  • Composition – instrumental, electroacoustic, sound art, acousmatic, soundscape composition, sound installations, microtonal, vocal and choral, and European music
  • Editing of early music 15th to 18th centuries
  • Eighteenth century Venetian vocal and instrumental music – Vivaldi and Ruggieri
  • Historical approaches to modernism
  • Music Education – composition in the curriculum
  • Performance practice
  • Scottish music manuscripts
  • Sixteenth and early seventeenth century keyboard, consort and lute music from England the Netherlands

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • You study in a vibrant Department of Music where you are actively encouraged to join the many groups, choirs and live performances on offer externally to your studies.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about music
  • Find out more about the Department of Music and The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

Find out more: [email protected]

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56599| Aberdeen University| MPhil, MRes Management|

You can research for either an MREs or an MPhil in Management. You can design your research and draw from research experiences which are cross disciplinary due to the nature of management cutting across disciplines. You may then decide to continue to study a PhD or you may apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of industry needs. The Business School provides research across economics, general practice, public health, and health economics. We won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2018 for continuous research over the past 40 years which has had a significant impact on behaviour, surgery and health improvements in the UK and beyond by combining economics and health research.

Research is interdisciplinary, and it includes research groups in:

  • Economics
  • Public Health
  • Health Economics Research Unit

Our Department focus on a number of key management issues which include change, innovation, entrepreneurship, work and family, future of work, health care management, operations management and consumer marketing.

There are five distinct themes in the Business School which include:

  • Work, Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Finance, Organisation and Governance
  • Theory and Methods
  • Property Market Analysis

We offer a great range of facilities which includes the Thomson Reuters Data scope and DataStream database amongst others. Our graduates are in high demand within financial industries globally.  Management research and analytical skills are highly applicable to a wide range of disciplines and sectors including multinational industries and new innovations. Many of our research students apply their knowledge to become specialists and they return to senior positions in their own country.

The Business School has been ranked third in the UK for impact in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education REF 2014 GPA scores). Our postgraduate taught degrees often carry professional accreditations from CIM, ACCA, CIMA and other internationally recognised professional bodies and this allows our students to gain a head start in business.

We offer an active range of research centres which cut across many industries. These include:

  • Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance
  • The Centre for Real Estate Research
  • Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory
  • The Centre for European Labour Market Research

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 which has always had an outward focus internationally. The University and Business School attract a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The Business School is ranked third in the UK for impact in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education REF)
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time and Part Time
  • Start month is flexible
  • Find out more:

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56598| Aberdeen University| MLitt, MPhil German|

Based on the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture you can study by research for either an MLitt or a MPhil. Both research programmes draw upon a rich cultural history which includes Romanticism, literature, society and history from medieval times to the current day in Germany and Austria. After English, German is the most widely used language in Europe and staff are native speakers from Germany and Austria. The undergraduate degree allows complete beginners to study at undergraduate level and there are a number of joint degrees available at this level.

The German Drama Group offers you an opportunity to meet German students who are studying in Aberdeen. This improves and widens your language skills whilst putting on a drama production. Graduates go on to various careers which include business, public sector, EU administration, teaching and academia and more.

Research interests include:

  • German literature from the Romantic period
  • Modern and Contemporary German and Austrian Studies
  • Interdisciplinary research

You study in The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture where you can attend seminars and events across the School and the wider university. The School is one of the largest schools in the arts and social sciences and it offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Research Centres include:

  • The Centre for Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • Centre for Linguistic Research
  • Centre for the Novel
  • Elphinstone Institute
  • George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture
  • Performing the Past
  • Sound Emporium Research Group
  • Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History
  • Walter Scott Research Centre
  • WORD Centre for Creative Writing



Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • You are encouraged to apply your linguistic skills to wide ranging literature, culture, society, historic periods in German history and you meet and greet German students to widen your language skills.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics that offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

Find out more: [email protected]

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56597| Aberdeen University| MSc Geology and Petroleum Geology (Research)|

If you want to study a specific area of geology the School of Geosciences offers an MSc by research degree. The Department researches subsurface earth science across time and it offers an excellent range of facilities to support this learning which includes CL, EPMA< FI, SEM/EDAX, GC and GC-MS equipment and well equipped seismic and petrophysics laboratories.

The MSc by research offers you the opportunity to undertake a research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. There are no formal lectures or seminars and your research is not formally examined until you submit your thesis. The thesis needs to show originality and critical analysis of existing knowledge in the field your research. You are welcome to attend the events and research seminars across the School of Geosciences and the wider University whilst you study. 

There are various careers open to geologists and these include environmental and technical work in environment and engineering consultancies across the world, continuation to academia, public and private sector business and other organisations which require specialist skills in geology.

Research across the School of Geosciences and the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology concentrates on geological evolution of sedimentary basins due to their ability to capture significant amounts of historical geological data to anlayse climate, tectonic evolution, lithosphere, fossil fuels, water resources and economic minerals. Research is undertaken by two research groups which include:

  • The Basin Fill Group
  • Tectonics and Geophysics Group

The Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology draws from significant work with the energy sector and it draws from consultancy work with research partners located across the oil and gas industry in the city. The University of Aberdeen has been training and educating geologists for more than 120 years and it is currently ranked '6th in the UK for Geology.' The department attracts international academics and research staff and students come from all over the world. Undergraduate degrees are fully accredited by the Geological Society of London and the department offers wide ranging professional development courses such as Turnstone and exploHUB.

The research team are all active in key professional organisations such as The American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Aberdeen Geological Society. There is an extensive network of former students and friends who are members of the Aberdeen Geological Alumni.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • Aberdeen is ranked 1st in Scotland for Earth Systems and Environmental Science research impact (REF 2014)
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about the programme
  • Find out about the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology and the School of Geosciences

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

Find out more:

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56596| Aberdeen University| MRes, MSc Geography and Environment (Research)|

If you want to take a research postgraduate degree in Geography we offer an MRes and an MSc by research. We draw from interdisciplinary research across social, environmental, geosciences and sustainability challenges from rapid environmental change on contemporary surface processes. There are several career directions you can take with either an MSc by research or MREs in Geography which include working in the public sector, environmental consultancy, continuing in academia, working within third sector organisations and more. You can also continue your research to gain a PhD.

Research themes include:

  • Smart Sustainable Futures
  • Earth Surface Processes
  • Paleoecology

There are several centres of excellence in geography and environmental discipline areas which include:

  • Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management (AICSM)
  • UAV/UAS Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Mapping (UCEMM)
  • Northern Rivers Institute
  • Green Economy Research Centre
  • Medical and Health GIS
  • GIS and History

The Department of Geography and Environment sits within the School of Geosciences. Research is carried out across multiple environmental areas and it is often interdisciplinary in nature. Human Geography focuses on two main themes of Transport and Mobility and Digital Economy and Rural Change. The Department of Geography and Environment offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level degrees. There are a wide range of events and seminars which you are encouraged to attend within the Department of Geography, The School of Geosciences and the wider University.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The Department of Geography and Environment aims to provide interdisciplinary research and theory relevant to practice, and the governance of societal environmental change
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

Find out more: [email protected]

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56595| Aberdeen University| MLitt French|

The French MLitt allows you to research French at postgraduate level and either continue your studies on to a PhD or apply your knowledge across a wide variety of industries internationally. You draw from an incredible history and culture from medieval times to the present day. This programme is based on the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture. You benefit from international academics with impressive research portfolios and cross disciplinary links within literature, philosophy, film, history of art. As a fluent French speaker, you will have a range of career opportunities available to you after graduating in areas such as publishing, tourism, academia, politics, and much more.

There are two centres in the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture which are:

  • Centre for Early Modern Studies
  • George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture

Wider research centres in the School of Language, Literature, Film and Visual Culture include:

  • Centre for Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • Centre for Linguistic Research
  • Centre for the Novel
  • Elphinstone Institute
  • SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group
  • Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History
  • Walter Scott Research Centre
  • WORD Centre for Creative Writing

 There is a seminar series for linguistic research which you are welcome to attend along with other events in the School and across the wider university.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture is ranked in the top 3 in the UK for Linguistics and 1st in Scotland
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics that offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
  • Find out more about French on the programme page
  • Find out more about The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56593| Aberdeen University| MPhil Finance|

A Finance research degree allows you the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of interest to yourself or your employer. You can continue to study for a PhD or you can apply your knowledge across financial industry areas. Previous graduates have gone on to positions in lecturing and research, public and private sector accounting and management, fund management, stockbroking, investment analysis, banking and financial services. You study with a wide range of international supervisors all offering significant research and consultancy knowledge which has been internationally recognised. Staff regularly visit universities around the world and the Department hosts visiting academics.

The Finance Group are active in the following research areas:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance and regulatory issues
  • Behavioural finance
  • The relationship between financial markets and the real economy including the property market

The Economics Group focus on the following themes:

  • Labour and energy economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economics of health and wellbeing
  • Experimental economics

Economics research cuts across numerous disciplines and distinct research themes in the Business School. Find out more about research themes and centres in the Business School Founded in 1495 the University and the Business School is internationally recognised for research and the Business School is ranked in the top three in the UK for impact (REF 2014 GPA)

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
  • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
  • The Business School is ranked third in the UK for impact in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education REF)
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56592| Aberdeen University| MLitt, MPhil English|

If you would like a more flexible research postgraduate degree, the MPhil or MLitt will allow you to choose your research interests and either study towards an PhD or apply your learning within a variety of industries. The postgraduate research programme allows you to contextualise approaches to literature. Research centres include:

  • Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies
  • Centre for Linguistic Research
  • Walter Scott Research Centre
  • Elphinstone Institute
  • Centre for Early Modern Studies

You are supervised by internationally recognised research and academic staff from the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. The English Department was founded in 1894. There are around 20 staff and every period of literature is taught from medieval to contemporary literature. There are specialists in English, Scottish, Irish and American literature and many students take joint degrees with Film and Visual Culture. The Department has worked on major projects such as Cambridge Edition works of Jane Austin and Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott.

Literature includes the work of Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, James, Eliot and the Bronte’s. The School is home to the Walter Scott Research Centre, The WORD Centre for Creative Writing and a Centre for the Novel. There is also an interdisciplinary centre for Early Modern Studies.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios. The beautiful surroundings give depth to your studies
  • You can enjoy events and seminars across The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture and the wider university
  • The School provides deeper connections and networks to interdisciplinary research within its research centres.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56589| Aberdeen University| MPhil Education|

The MPhil in Education allows you to study towards a research degree rather than a taught programme. This gives you flexibility to study something which is important to your own interests. You can either continue your studies towards a PhD or you can apply your knowledge within an educational setting internationally. Research students come from all over the world and degrees are offered either on a full time or part time basis on campus or via distance learning. Research is integrated across four distinct themes which include:

  • Sustainability and Development Studies
  • Professional Learning and Teacher Education
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Inclusion, Mental Health and Well-being

The School of Education offer a seminar series which you are welcome to attend within the School and across the wider university. The School offers routes into teaching, professional learning and continued professional development and research. More recently there are additional programmes and courses available in mindfulness, and access courses to teaching. The School of Education works with a number of educational partners across all levels of education. Networks include many Scottish local authorities, Erasmus and various universities around the world.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You are supervised by highly experienced researchers in the education sector, many researchers have practical experience in schools, further education and higher education and lifelong learning
  • You are welcome to attend seminars and events within the School of Education and university wide
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56588| Aberdeen University| MPhil Economics|

If you would like to study for a research postgraduate degree in economics, you can take an MPhil and either continue your programme to study for a PhD or apply your knowledge to industry. The Department of Economics is one of three main disciplines within the Business School. There are over 20 international faculty members in economics and each academic offers you an impressive international research and teaching portfolio to assist you in your research. The Department has several well-established research area in:

  • Applied economics
  • Labour economics
  • Energy economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International economics
  • Industrial economics
  • The economics of health and wellbeing
  • Experimental economics

Supervision can be offered in:

  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Labour economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economics and Industrial organisation
  • Economics of health and wellbeing
  • Experimental economics

71% of research was graded as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and 88% was assessed as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impacts on society, organisations and the economy.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • You are supervised by internationally recognised academics in economics with wide ranging worldwide research, teaching and consultancy portfolios
  • Whilst you research you can attend events and seminars in the Business School and the wider University
  • The Health Economics Research Unit was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize in 2018 for sustained research excellence which has positively impacted health policy, surgery and behaviour over a forty year period. Research was carried out across economics and health discipline areas.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

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  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56586| Aberdeen University| MPhil Computing Science|

The MPhil allows you to progress a research degree which you can either continue to PhD or apply your research within industry. The department is at the forefront of research within intelligent systems, cloud infrastructures, big data, natural language generation and more. Research is divided into three major themes:

  • Agents, Reasoning and Knowledge
  • Natural Language Generation and other areas of Computational Linguistics
  • Systems Modelling

Graduates go on to a wide variety of career opportunities and posts in telecommunications, biotechnology, computer gaming, and research internationally.  The School of Natural and Computing Science offers you an innovative and creative subject which allows for research to be far reaching in its effects and benefits to society, commerce, health and engineering. The department has a long-standing reputation in intelligent systems and it is recognised worldwide for multi-agent systems, natural language generation and semantic web.

70% of research is classified as ‘internationally leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’

The Aberdeen Software Factory allows undergraduates and postgraduates to gain work experience whilst working with clients in industry. Many graduates gain the skills required to work as entrepreneurs in industry.

Why study at Aberdeen? 

  • Research in the Department of Computing Science has a long-standing reputation for knowledge and expertise in Intelligent Systems
  • 70% of research in the department is classified as ‘Internationally leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • Whilst you research you are welcome to attend events and seminars in The School of Natural and Computing Sciences
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

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  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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56585| Aberdeen University| MPhil Anthropology|

This programme allows you to define your research interests and study towards an MPhil. Anthropology is ranked first in Scotland for student satisfaction (NSS). This research degree can be taken on its own or lead to a PhD in Anthropology. The Department of Anthropology is based within the School of Social Science. Research themes are wide ranging, and they include:

  • Anthropology of the North
  • Environment, Creativity and Perception
  • Religion, Belief and Practice
  • Museums and Histories of Science
  • Anthropology of Art and Craft
  • Social and Cultural Processes
  • Regional Anthropology

The School of Social Science offers a range of centres which include the New Europe Centre. Teaching and research are in the fields of: Anthropology, politics, international relations and sociology. Anthropology is mixed with archaeology, languages, film and culture, philosophy and psychology at undergraduate level. Anthropology is also embedded in the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law, This centre draws from seven other disciplines to ensure that research is rigorous and impactful.

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Staff offer a wide range of interests and supervision possibilities to support your studies. You can enjoy research supervision across colonial histories, mobility, 'Nomadism', households of the past and many more areas.
  • You can enjoy events and seminars whilst you research within the School of Social Science and you are welcome to attend events across the wider University to widen your knowledge and interests.
  • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

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  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full time or part time
  • Start month is flexible

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