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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

50791| Manchester Metropolitan University| Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care|

The professional doctorate is suitable for professional health and social care practitioners to gain academic recognition at doctoral level in study directly linked to their specialist areas of practice. Designed to facilitate the development of skills in critical analysis, enquiry and research, this programme will enable practitioners to lead and respond innovatively to the rapidly changing health and social care environment. It offers a flexible, practice based route to a doctoral level qualification whilst developing research based and informed improvements to practice. 

50469| Australian National University| Master of Diplomacy|

The Master of Diplomacy is your pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with knowledge about practices of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

The degree provides exciting study and career options in the important and prestigious arena of diplomatic practice. You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and senior diplomats from Australia and elsewhere, and you will graduate from a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading scholars and policy-makers.

Employment Opportunities

Ideal for careers in the foreign ministries and in the international sections of other ministries - for example Australia Awards, Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration, Trade, Environment; IGOs - United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund; Journalism and NGOs such as the Red Cross.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Master of Diplomacy, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of transnational diplomacy and its contemporary challenges, from the perspective of multiple actors, such as a civil service department, multilateral body, international corporation or non-government organisation;
  2. Display effective diplomatic skills with the ability to engage with transnational issues in a globalised environment with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and protocol
  3. Use theories of diplomatic studies to reflect upon the global management of the world’s problems through diplomatic dialogue, and the role of the use of force, and design multi-stakeholder processes that lead to solutions;
  4. Use high-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in diplomacy and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods as appropriate.
  5. Use their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms; 
50225| University of East Anglia| Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (ProfD HaSC)|

The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (ProfD HaSC) is an interdisciplinary, postgraduate level research programme which has been designed to meet the needs of senior health and social care practitioners who wish to develop and lead evidence-based interventions within their own sphere of practice.

The applied nature of the programme develops candidate’s research capability and enables them to manage complex problems and advance their practice. It is an award at the highest academic level that is distinct from the PhD in that it fosters pioneering professional development relevant to the needs of the individual’s professional working situation.

For more information on the course structure, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/health-sciences/postgraduate-research-degrees/professional-doctorate-in-health-and-social-care/course-overview

50224| University of East Anglia| Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD)|

The University of East Anglia Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme lasts for three calendar years and leads to the qualification of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD). Successful completion of the Programme gives eligibility to apply for registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and gives eligibility for membership of the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist.

Please see UEA's website for further information on the course: https://www.uea.ac.uk/medicine/doctorate-in-clinical-psychology/about-the-programme

50223| University of East Anglia| Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD)|

The Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD) is a full-time postgraduate training programme that is three years in length. Upon completion, you will hold the recognised qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to become an Educational Psychologist.

Based in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, successful completion of this three year, full-time postgraduate training programme will give you the skills and competencies required for HCPC registration that enables you to practise as an educational psychologist.

For more infomraiton on the course, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees/doctorate-in-educational-psychology

Interested in finding out more? UEA have an open day for the Doctorate of Educational Psychology coming up on Friday 27 October 1-3pm. For more details and how you can register, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees/doctorate-in-educational-psychology

50221| University of East Anglia| Doctor of Education (EdD)|
  • The Doctor of Education (EdD) at the University of East Anglia is a part-time course designed to encourage professionals to construct their own programme of research building towards a significant piece of work in 5 years. 
  • Entrants to the doctoral programme will register initially for the degree of MeD for the first two years and then progress to EdD by the end of the second year, subject to the successful completion of two assignments, a detailed research proposal and an ethics approval of the proposed research project.

For information on course structure, please go here: http://www.uea.ac.uk/education/doctorate-in-education/course-structure

49796| Munich Business School| Doctor in Business Administration|

The DBA - Doctor in Business Administration, is a 48 Months Program offered by Munich Business School in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in UK, students can boost their academic or business careers in an international and flexible setting that doesn‘t require them to put their professional careers on hold.

49689| University of Stirling| Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology| [[Application Criteria]]
Applications will be evaluated according to our criteria for evidence of suitability for undertaking a Professional Doctorate. This includes having approved placement(s) for the supervised practice component and the following conditions:

• References confirm consistently high standards of ethical and professional conduct towards participants, colleagues etc.
• References confirm ability to work well on own initiative and consistently meet deadlines.
• Good written communication skills (English).

[[Programme Outline]]
This doctoral programme is designed to:

(i) Prepare the student to become an independent scientist-practitioner in health psychology.

(ii) Provide the student with experience of sets of health psychology competence in Professional Practice, Consultancy, Delivering Psychological Interventions, Systematic reviews and Teaching and Training (in 3 taught modules).

(iii) Provide competence in carrying out a piece of high quality empirical research to a standard publishable in peer review journals.

The DPsych is mainly acquired through placement learning, with University Based and Workplace supervision. This will be supported by regular seminars and workshops at the University of Stirling. On successful completion students will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to become a registered Health Psychologist, British Psychological Society Chartered status, and full membership of the Division of Health Psychology.

[[Why Stirling?]]
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).
49359| Zigurat Institute of Technology| Digital Business For Executive| This Digital Transformation Global Master has been designed to provide the necessary knowledge to all those leaders and owners that want to improve their organizational skills and boost their competitiveness, as well as to advance their capabilities to make decisions which will help their management organization to reach a higher level of productivity and improve market orientation.

After this course, the participant will be able to understand the best of breed tools to improve their business strategies and process, as well as the most important digital, collaborative and utility tools.

We will enter into different market sectors, and for each of them, we will learn the main changes to do into each process, human resources practices and technology tools, and how to implant them from a “traditional” way of working to a current one.

If you are a business leader today
you need to find a digital mindset.

The Exectutive Knowledge on Digital Transformation for Leaders and Owners provides key decision-making skills to effectively adapt your company in the new paradigm lead by technology.
Our lecturers contribute a global and thorough vision of digital transformation and share their extensive knowledge in this executive level program for top position business management.

Content Program

1. Digital Transformation Concept and Examples
2. Is your company digital enough?
3. Change Management and Organization’s adaptation
4. Impact on internal processes of organizations
5. Impact on how to reach the customer / user
6. Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, the fifth dimension
7. Transform Digitally without damage.

International Summit
3 days in Barcelona
49358| Zigurat Institute of Technology| Digital Business Global Master| Digital Business Global Master has been designed to provide the necessary knowledge to all those professionals and students who want to improve their organizational skills and increase their competitiveness in the market. Additionally, under our guidance, people will not only understand but learn how to implement decision-making skills in order to elevate the existing level of the organization under their Management to a higher level of productivity and market orientation.

This course is not exclusively for “Tech Guys”, but is available for anyone who would like to be equipped with the tools to become a leader of the digital procedures of a company. No company can avoid this change and therefore all businesses must adapt their workflows to continue to compete in the current market. What Zigurat does is offers you the possibility of not only getting ahead in this marketing adjustment but rather to pioneer this movement.
This Global program has the potential to become the new MBA for the Business Sector.

In collaboration with IBM, Sabis, Elogia, Setesca ...

Goals

We have the tools and the capacity. We are the geniuses of the new era and as such we must reach out to others and overcome all the limitations imposed by humanity.
We have the power and with that, the world at our fingertips. We are unified in our desire to defeat such limitations. We are the new definition of billionaire. With our connection and our capacity to discover and evolve we can and will be the most competitive product in the market.
This is more than a conventional masters program. This course will guide you through one of the most epic changes in our era – the 4th revolution.
We will penetrate different market sectors, and for each of them, highlight the fundamental changes in each process including human resources practices and technological tools. Thereafter, we will demonstrate how to use such progress, implanting them into your business regime and converting your work ethic from “traditional” to a more progressive current way of working.
What will you be capable of doing?

By the end of this course you will understand how to apply the best plethora of collaborative and digital tools to improve your business strategies and processes.

Content Program:

Module 1: Competitive models
Module 2: Digital Business model
Module 3: Omnichannel marketing and sales models
Module 4: Digital maturation analysis of the organization and strategic model
Module 5: Basic people skills and competences
Module 6: Management and innovation models
Module 7: Transformation of the value chain: Purchasing
Module 8: Transformation of the value chain : Logistics
Module 9: Transformation of the value chain: Production
Module 10:Transformation of the value chain: Distribution
Module 11: Transformation of the value chain: Marketing
Module 12: Transformation of the value chain: FICO
Module 13: Transformation of the value chain: Information Technology
Module 14: Transformation of the value chain: Human Resources
Module 15: Cybersecurity and Digital Business Security
Module 16: Digital business enablers (IoT, BlockChain, BigData, Predictive, AI)
Module 17: Collaborative models
Module 18: Predictive models and advanced data analysis
Module 19: Industry 4.0
Module 20: Impact of electrification and sustainable consumption

International Summit
3 days in Barcelona
49084| Edge Hill University| Emergency Services Management| Professionalisation of the emergency services workforce and the development of strategic leadership within the blue lights, namely the ambulance, police, and fire and rescue services, are at the top of government and reform agendas.

If you are a leader or senior manager from the emergency services or prison and probation service, or if you work for local authorities, councils or health organisations and have responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, this programme will enhance your ability to question, analyse, critique and theorise. It will also encourage interoperability and multi-agency cooperation in line with the statutory duty for collaboration between the emergency services introduced in the Police and Crime Bill 2017. You will develop professional management practice while gaining an appreciation and understanding of the relationship between management research and the professional practice of management.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have obtained and demonstrated the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research, of a quality to satisfy peer review and merit publication. You will make a significant contribution towards new professional practice and academic knowledge.

[[What will I study?]]

You will work on a research project throughout the programme, resulting in a thesis of doctoral standard, demonstrating an original contribution to the field of approximately 55,000 words.

Alongside this, you will undertake development activity in the first two years of the programme. This comprises of:

- Core and methodological training which will help you to finalise your research proposal by the end of the first semester;
- A programme of related studies which will be tailored to address your specific learning needs to help you enhance your skills as a researcher;
- Subject-specific researcher training which will focus on a range of themes, including contemporary issues and challenges in management practice of the emergency services, multi-agency collaboration and interoperability between organisations, and reflexivity and becoming a reflective practitioner.

[[How will I study?]]

The programme typically requires approximately 23.5 hours per week dedicated to research-related activity. The way in which this research is structured is primarily led by you, with supervisory input.

You will also attend scheduled researcher development sessions, ranging from individual personal supervisor-led contact to supported online learning, small group work and teacher-led lectures.

There is a requirement to attend Edge Hill University once per week for core and methodical training in the first semester of the programme, in addition to a total of three weekends across the first two years of the programme for subject-specific researcher training.

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

[[How will I be assessed?]]

The programme incorporates three viva examinations where your written submissions are assessed by a team of experts.

At the first examination, after approximately seven months of study, your research proposal will be scrutinised. At the second examination, between two and three years after first registration, your research to date will be reviewed. At the third examination, your final thesis is presented.

[[Who will be teaching me?]]

You will be supervised in your research by a team of academic and professional experts with specialist knowledge of emergency services management. Guest speakers will also contribute to the delivery of the programme.

[[What are my career prospects?]]

This programme will enhance your personal development across a wide range of roles performed by staff in the emergency services. You will also be well placed to take advantage of opportunities in consultancy or to pursue a teaching career in higher education.
49025| Maynooth University| Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education| TBC
48450| University of Chester| Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) - Negotiated Studies| Our DProf is designed to enable high-performing professionals to stimulate organisational development and contribute to wider debates in their field. Participants become active members of our research community. Members of this community are true practitioner-researchers who aim to develop strategic practice and contribute to wider debates associated with the contemporary issues impacting in their field.

[[Why Study DProf - Negotiated Studies with us?]]

Our DProf participants become active members of our research community. Members of this community are true practitioner-researchers who aim to develop strategic practice and contribute to wider debates associated with the contemporary issues impacting in their field.

The Faculty has a strong track record of facilitating organisational development across sectors. You can fast track your doctoral journey by getting recognition for your previous Master’s-level achievements. You can target strategic workplace issues and challenges for organisational and even sectorial change and benefit. You can contribute to and engage with our growing doctoral and researcher community. You will be able to network with researchers recognised as creating world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

It is expected that participants will apply for the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning for the first stage of the doctoral course: A Master’s award related to the expected area of research.

[[What will I learn?]]

Our researchers engage in research training to negotiate and build their expertise before undertaking a major study. Specifically, you will focus on a negotiated research theme related to your Master’s (DProf).

[[How will I be taught?]]

In order to become an effective practitioner-researcher who is able to develop strategic practice and contribute to wider debates, you will undertake a combination of workshops, high-level critical refl ection and sustained independent self-directed study.

[[How will I be assessed?]]

This will be negotiated with the tutor but generally involves a portfolio and written assignments. There are no written examinations for modules.

[[Postgraduate Visit Opportunities]]

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

[[Request a Prospectus]]

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php
48447| University of Chester| Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) in Practical Theology| This innovative professional doctorate programme offers you the opportunity to pursue a programme of advanced research while remaining rooted in your professional or organisational context.

[[Why Study DProf in Practical Theology with us?]]

Our course combines the flexibility of a portfolio approach, the freedom to research your own professional context, and the rigour of undertaking a doctoral course.

Theology and Religious Studies at Chester is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for Practical and Contextual Theology, with a longstanding track record of expertise in teaching, research and supervision at the interface of higher education and the faith communities.

From its foundation as a teacher training college in 1839, the University of Chester has placed a premium on work-related study and vocational training. With the establishment of professional doctorates across the University, beginning with the DProf in Practical Theology in 2009, we continue to be committed to supporting students undertaking practice- and work-based research.

[[What will I learn?]]

The elements of the DProf course cover all aspects of advanced research at doctoral level. You will progress through a range of assessed modules dealing with different aspects of the research journey, from an initial foundation in literature in practical theology and a grounding in advanced research methods, to a publishable article and research proposal.

You will then undertake an extended dissertation which will enable you to explore your chosen research topic in greater detail.

[[How will I be taught?]]

Our DProf course is delivered via a mixture of independent study, one-to-one supervision and three (24- or 48-hour) residential research training events per year. You will also have access to our comprehensive online learning facilities.

[[How will I be assessed?]]

Assessment takes place via submission of a modular research portfolio, with structured written assignments and deadlines.

We recommend that candidates should commit to a minimum of eight to ten hours’ study per week on a regular basis throughout the academic year.
47825| Manchester Metropolitan University| Health and Social Care - Professional Doctorate| The professional doctorate is suitable for professional health and social care practitioners to gain academic recognition at doctoral level in study directly linked to their specialist areas of practice. Designed to facilitate the development of skills in critical analysis, enquiry and research, this programme will enable practitioners to lead and respond innovatively to the rapidly changing health and social care environment. It offers a flexible, practice based route to a doctoral level qualification whilst developing research based and informed improvements to practice.

[[Features and benefits of the course]]
-Flexible, blended learning programme
-Practice based inter-professional expertise
-Academic recognition of professional experience and practice
-Develops and improves own professional working environment
-Contemporary approach to integrated health and social care expertise
-Research informed practice

[[About the Course]]
The Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care is made up of four core units and students will be able to select one optional unit to complete their studies, which will be closely linked to their areas of professional interest.

This programme is delivered in two phases. Core and optional taught units are studied in the first two years, with the second research phase commencing in year 3.

Students with equivalent doctoral experience may be able to enter the programme in phase 2, please enquire with the programme team for more information.
47195| University of Portsmouth| Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)| [[Why take this course?]]

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.

[[What will I experience?]]

The Faculty of Science offers seven health and social care programmes at doctorate level:

Doctorate in Biomedical Science (DBMS)
Doctorate in Chiropractic (DChiro)
Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci)
Doctorate in Medical Imaging (DMedImg)
Doctorate in Nursing (DNursing)
Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)
Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

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

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.

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 opportunities might it lead to?]]

On a personal level, successful completion of the Professional Doctorate will offer personal fulfilment, professional development, career enhancement and encourage reflective practice.

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.

[[Module Details]]

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 country, to fit with the demands of fulltime 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, namely:

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.

[[Programme Assessment]]

Each student will be assigned one or more University supervisors, depending on the area of research and professional development. Access to specialist advisors in the workplace will be required for Part 2 of the programme and will vary according to the area of investigation. We have excellent support systems for our Professional Doctorate students. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor for Part 1 as well as two Supervisors for Part 2 of the course.

There are further opportunities to attend Research Seminars and Workshops organised by the University's Graduate School.

The Professional Doctorate consists of coursework and research and is credit based. The coursework component is designed to help build on professional expertise by exposing students to challenging and innovative ideas in their field.

Assessment is by coursework (including preparation of an article for publication and a research proposal) and oral presentations. This should normally take 24 months to complete.

[[Student Destinations]]

Those students completing the MRes Science course will have moved to the next level of qualifications with the advantages that this offers in terms of learning and employability. They will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.
47194| University of Portsmouth| Professional Doctorate in Chiropractic (DChiro)| [[Why take this course?]]

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.

[[What will I experience?]]

The Faculty of Science offers seven health and social care programmes at doctorate level:

Doctorate in Biomedical Science (DBMS)
Doctorate in Chiropractic (DChiro)
Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci)
Doctorate in Medical Imaging (DMedImg)
Doctorate in Nursing (DNursing)
Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)
Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

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

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.

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 opportunities might it lead to?]]

On a personal level, successful completion of the Professional Doctorate will offer personal fulfilment, professional development, career enhancement and encourage reflective practice.

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.

[[Module Details]]

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 country, to fit with the demands of fulltime 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, namely:

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.

[[Programme Assessment]]

Each student will be assigned one or more University supervisors, depending on the area of research and professional development. Access to specialist advisors in the workplace will be required for Part 2 of the programme and will vary according to the area of investigation. We have excellent support systems for our Professional Doctorate students. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor for Part 1 as well as two Supervisors for Part 2 of the course.

There are further opportunities to attend Research Seminars and Workshops organised by the University's Graduate School.

The Professional Doctorate consists of coursework and research and is credit based. The coursework component is designed to help build on professional expertise by exposing students to challenging and innovative ideas in their field.

Assessment is by coursework (including preparation of an article for publication and a research proposal) and oral presentations. This should normally take 24 months to complete.

[[Student Destinations]]

Those students completing the MRes Science course will have moved to the next level of qualifications with the advantages that this offers in terms of learning and employability. They will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.
47193| University of Portsmouth| Professional Doctorate in Biomedical Science (DBMS)| [[Why take this course?]]

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.

[[What will I experience?]]

The Faculty of Science offers seven health and social care programmes at doctorate level:

Doctorate in Biomedical Science (DBMS)
Doctorate in Chiropractic (DChiro)
Doctorate in Health Science (DHealthSci)
Doctorate in Medical Imaging (DMedImg)
Doctorate in Nursing (DNursing)
Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)
Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

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

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.

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 opportunities might it lead to?]]

On a personal level, successful completion of the Professional Doctorate will offer personal fulfilment, professional development, career enhancement and encourage reflective practice.

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.

[[Module Details]]

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 country, to fit with the demands of fulltime 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, namely:

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.

[[Programme Assessment]]

Each student will be assigned one or more University supervisors, depending on the area of research and professional development. Access to specialist advisors in the workplace will be required for Part 2 of the programme and will vary according to the area of investigation. We have excellent support systems for our Professional Doctorate students. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor for Part 1 as well as two Supervisors for Part 2 of the course.

There are further opportunities to attend Research Seminars and Workshops organised by the University's Graduate School.

The Professional Doctorate consists of coursework and research and is credit based. The coursework component is designed to help build on professional expertise by exposing students to challenging and innovative ideas in their field.

Assessment is by coursework (including preparation of an article for publication and a research proposal) and oral presentations. This should normally take 24 months to complete.

[[Student Destinations]]

Those students completing the MRes Science course will have moved to the next level of qualifications with the advantages that this offers in terms of learning and employability. They will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.
46499| University of Roehampton| Practical Theology - DTh|

Why study at Roehampton

  • You will be taught by a team of lecturers and researchers with ongoing experience as practitioners and consultants within the ministry sector.
  • The University’s historical roots and links with vibrant congregations provide an excellent context for research into contemporary multi– cultural urban ministry and mission.
  • All Roehampton’s Ministerial Theology provisions are timetabled to fit in with busy ongoing ministry and leadership roles.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Complete University Guide 2018) and the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course summary

The DTh is a professional doctorate programme in practical, ministry–focused theology. This programme offers strategic leadership training to senior level ministry personnel, seeking to broaden their applied theology in pastoral and missiological areas. The programme focuses on using research to develop theological practice.

There are two entry points for this programme. Stage 1A is for those with a good undergraduate degree and professional experience, and initially take a selection of preparatory taught modules. The second route, Stage 1B is for post-Masters applicants, and is an accelerated form of the course.

Regardless of entry point this programme will help those already engaged in Christian Ministry to develop the advanced research, evaluative and reflective skills necessary to further their professional and career profile. Students will prepare for more senior level, national or international roles, as leaders, advisors or consultants in ministry-related fields. As a practitioner of Practical Theology, this course will encourage you to reflect technically and theologically on your ministerial practice, and on the application of scholarship and research to a range of ministerial contexts.

In order to develop your research skills, the programme will provide you will extensive knowledge and understanding of areas of Practical Theology and the critical methods practiced at the forefront of the discipline. Students will then be able to reflect on these research methods in looking at their own practice, and you will be capable of producing findings that satisfy peer scrutiny and are deemed to be of publishable quality, making an original contribution to knowledge.

There is a wide range of areas in which students will develop their skills on this programme. You will enhance and apply your ability to handle written sources and empirical data, using appropriate advanced critical methods and controls. A further key skill is your ability to marshal coherent and effective arguments and communicate conclusions in oral and written form. The programme will moreover enable you to demonstrate a competent grasp of a range of technical skills arising within the discipline, including a range of approaches to textual historical, hermeneutical and cultural issues. You will also look at quantitative and qualitative approaches to the investigation of individual and social experience and behaviour, and be able to respond critically to their use by others.

Content

Throughout the course, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of practical theology, alongside formal academic and practical skills.

Stage 1A: This introductory stage of the course offers a variety of taught modules on topics in contemporary ministry and religious studies taken from our Masters’ programmes in Christian Ministry and Theology and Religious Studies, respectively. Tutors will assist any student taking this phase of the course to make an appropriate selection of modules.

Stage 1B: In the first year of this stage, you will study advanced methods and approaches to practical theology, as well as undertaking a major literature review relevant to your proposed area of research. During this in–depth investigation, you will identify gaps or problems in the literature and identify one or more research questions around which you can structure your research project.

In the second year, you will conduct an in–depth study of a more focused topic, developed to the level of a publishable article, before going on to draft and present a full project proposal which must be approved before transition to the dissertation phase.

Stage 2: The final phase of the course will allow you to work closely with staff members with particular expertise in your chosen research area, developing an original and substantial investigation of potential significance both to academic inquiry and professional practice. The thesis, which will build upon your work in years one and two, will typically run to 50–60,000 words, and will be defended in a viva voce examination. Departmental research strengths include empirical, pastoral and public theology across a range of UK and global church traditions and mission contexts, including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Baptist and Pentecostal. We also have a particular strength in Black Majority Churches.

Modules

Stage 1A: (representative selection)

  • Empirical Research for Christian Ministry
  • Approaches to Biblical Studies
  • Pentecostal Theology and Practice
  • Christian Ethics, Economics and the Environment
  • Christian Spirituality and Ministry Practice
  • Public Theology and Community Engagement

Stage 1B:

  • Practical Theology: Advanced Methods and Approaches
  • Research Design (1): Literature Review & Research Questions
  • Publishable Article
  • Research Design (2): Methodology and Research Proposal

Career options

The DTh is intended to enable existing professionals working in church ministry, mission, education, development or the para–church sector, move into senior or national positions within visionary research–led organisations.

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45935| London Metropolitan University| Policing, Security and Community Safety - Professional Doctorate| This is the first ever doctorate degree designed for professionals working in law enforcement, policing, security, government and the private sector who wish to hone their professional and research skills in a PhD-level qualification, but with a more practical, career-orientated focus - study can be customised to suit working needs and the course attracts a diverse range of professionals.

[[More about this course]]
This is the first postgraduate doctorate level qualification in the UK which is specifically designed for professionals working in law enforcement and policing, security, government, private sector, and the 'wider criminal justice family' who wish to hone both their professional and research skills. This unique course provides both theoretical and relevant practical skills development for those who wish to further their careers in policing, security, community policing, legal occupations and social research methodology.

The course is very international in nature. Past students have come from Canada, Africa, the EU, Caribbean countries as well as the UK. The course contains a balanced content of international law enforcement and security issues, and also local community level problems. The taught modules and assignments are tailored as much as possible to assisting the individual students’ chosen thesis area.

The course aims to produce professionally competent and informed practitioners who have a sophisticated understanding of wider policing theories and advanced research skills and abilities. As well as developing teamwork, leadership and presentation skills, the course will help you acquire the skills and knowledge to tackle complex occupational or professional problems in challenging and diverse situations.

Methods include reports, essay and presentations. You will also be assessed on your thesis.

[[Modular structure]]
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Knowledge-Based Policing 1 (core, 30 credits)
-Knowledge-Based Policing 2 (core, 30 credits)
-Policing and Society in Context (core, 30 credits)
-Policing, Leadership and Ethics (core, 30 credits)
-Research Methods 1 (core, 30 credits)
-Research Methods 2 (core, 30 credits)

[[After the course]]
The course will be of direct benefit to law enforcement officers who wish to progress their careers through a high-level doctoral qualification. As this qualification is more interactive and practical than a traditional PhD, it is an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification while making a significant contribution to your professional environment.

[[Visa information for international students]]
As a part-time programme this course does not qualify for a Tier 4 visa. Non-EU students will have to attend the study weekends on short-term study visas.

[[Moving to one campus]]
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
45933| London Metropolitan University| Occupational Psychology - Professional Doctorate| To provide a higher qualification at doctorate level for established practitioners in occupational psychology based on their current or past professional work. You are helped to plan and conduct conceptually sound and ethically acceptable research, within the scientist-practitioner framework. You have access to the University's facilities such as the library, computers and video suites, although it is expected most research will be conducted in your own organisation or work setting.

[[More about this course]]
You are helped to plan and conduct conceptually sound and ethically acceptable research, within the scientist-practitioner framework. You have access to the University's facilities such as the library, computers and video suites, although it is expected most research will be conducted in your own organisation or work setting.

The award of Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is conferred after formal submission of the complete doctoral thesis and its successful defence at the viva voce examination. The examination of the thesis is conducted by examiners that are independent of the supervisory team.

[[Modular structure]]
Whilst individuals may be directed, where appropriate, to take selected modules from the School’s relevant Masters Courses, the programme itself consists of work towards the doctoral thesis only. This is structured according to set criteria for specified thesis components, which include a case study and an intervention process analysis that are typically examples from the candidate’s own professional practice. Furthermore, the thesis consists of a substantial empirical study and a critical literature review. A Prologue and Epilogue tie the thesis components together, highlighting both the overarching theme of the thesis and the reflective process of professional development that has been undertaken by the practitioner researcher. The expected word count for each of the thesis components is as follows:
-Prologue - 1,000 to 1,500 words
-Case Study - 6,000 words (if two linked cases then 3,000 words each)
-Intervention Process Analysis - 5,000 words
-Critical Literature Review - 5,000 words
-Empirical Research Project - 25,000 words
-Epilogue - 1,000 to 1,500 words

Applicants who seek to fulfil the requirements of the doctorate based on work already completed can do so in respect of all components except the critical literature review.

[[Moving to one campus]]
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
45929| London Metropolitan University| Health Psychology - Professional Doctorate| The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology is aimed at applicants who have already completed Stage 1 training in Health Psychology and who are seeking to become Chartered Psychologists.

The course offers research training of an equivalent standard to a PhD as well as training in the other core competencies in health psychology.

It enables you to develop skills in consultancy, teaching and learning and generic professional skills in health psychology. You also have the opportunity to acquire skills in developing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on interventions.

[[More about this course]]
Our Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology has been recognised by the BPS (British Psychological Society) as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status and has been approved by the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) as a requirement for registration as a Registered Health Psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.

On completion of the course, you will become a competent practitioner in all relevant areas of health psychology.

Assessment for the thesis portfolio consists of extended case studies, reflective commentaries, log books and a teaching evaluation. You also submit a systematic review and complete a doctoral level piece of research (30,000 words) which is assessed through a written thesis and a viva.

[[Modular structure]]
The course is structured around the five core competencies and therefore includes research, professional skills, consultancy, teaching and learning and behaviour change interventions. As part of the course, you are required to complete D-Level research training. The doctorate is completed via placement learning, group workshops, peer and one-to-one supervision.

[[After the course]]
Graduates usually progress to careers within the health service, charity, business or academic sector in a professional capacity as Chartered Psychologists.

The course is recognised by the BPS (British Psychological Society) as providing the Stage 2 requirements for Chartered Psychologist status, and has been approved by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a requirement for registration as a Registered Health Psychologist. Completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with these bodies.

[[Attendance and time commitment]]
All teaching takes place in small groups, including presentations, visiting expert talks, seminars and workshops. The workshops provide knowledge and training to support trainees on their work placement and in completion of the core competencies. Trainees are expected to attend all workshops and to regular supervision.

Workshops take place every three to four weeks on a Friday. Individual supervision sessions are arranged at the convenience of trainees and supervisors.

When you begin the course, it is expected that you will arrange with your employer suitable time off for attendance at workshops and supervision. It is a requirement of entry to the course that you inform your employer of your intention to begin training so that they can support you in your efforts.

[[Moving to one campus]]
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
45928| London Metropolitan University| Forensic Psychology - Professional Doctorate| Upon completion of two years full-time supervised practice (or equivalent), attendance at workshops and completion of the thesis portfolio, the Professional Doctorate will equip you with the appropriate experience and qualifications to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered psychologist with the right to use the title forensic psychologist.

[[More about this course]]
The course aims to produce competent, informed, reflective, and ethically and professionally sound practitioners of forensic psychology who are able to work in different settings. There will be a synthesis between taught workshops and your practical placements. Trainees are required to demonstrate core forensic psychology competencies at an advanced level and to complete D-level research. In addition to general forensic competencies and research, key areas of the course include consultancy, teaching and training, and assessments and interventions.

The course is delivered by a combination of professional workshops, supervised practice, research, and individual, group, and peer supervision. Course leaders are registered forensic psychologists with experience working in prisons, secure hospitals, and independent forensic practise in the UK and the US. Because working in multidisciplinary environments is increasingly important, some lectures are taught by registered psychologists in other fields, including health, occupational, and counselling psychology.

Throughout the course, critical reflection is encouraged on current discourses within contemporary forensic issues. We expect you to adopt a questioning stance to forensic practice that constantly looks to the multplicity of clients’ needs and expectations.

The course is assessed through a thesis portfolio (46,000 words in total) and a Viva Voce that assesses the thesis portfolio. Components that make up the portfolio include the following:
-D Level Research Dissertation
-Assessment Case Study
-Treatment Case Study
-Consultancy Case Study
-Communication Portfolio
-Teaching Portfolio (including DVD of teaching)
-Training Portfolio
-Professional Skills Competency Portfolio
-Competency Log Book as appendix

[[Professional accreditation]]
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), meaning that students who successfully complete the course are eligible to apply for registration as a forensic psychologist.

[[Modular structure]]
All teaching takes place in small groups, including presentations, visiting experts, seminars and workshops. Training begins with a two-week Induction period, during which time seminars will be given both morning and afternoon Wednesday through Friday. Subsequently, workshops take place every three to four weeks on a Friday.

Individual supervision sessions are arranged at the convenience of trainees and supervisors. As a trainee, you can expect supervision every 3-4 weeks during your first year and every 1-2 months during your second year. You will meet with your supervisory team at least four times a year. Supervisors will also provide telephone and email supervision throughout the year. We also expect trainees to take part in peer supervision through group meetings and through the use of Weblearn discussion forums.

The course does not have a module structure. However, several essential themes are addressed by lectures, supervision, and teaching and learning exercises throughout the course. These include, for example:
-Working with clients, eg developing a working alliance, giving feedback/cultural diversity, Intervention approaches, risk assessment approaches, trauma-informed intervention
-Working with other professionals, eg leadership and group process, multidisciplinary working and case conferences, providing supervision and directing the work of others
-Ethical and reflective practice, eg ethical decision making, reflective thinking and writing, evaluating practice including quality control
-Research skills, eg systematic review, writing for publication.

[[After the course]]
You can expect to go into careers within the prisons service, health service, charity sector, or academic sector in a professional capacity as a chartered psychologist and registered forensic psychologist.

[[Moving to one campus]]
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
45917| London Metropolitan University| Counselling Psychology - Professional Doctorate| This excellent course enables you to gain the wide range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

[[More about this course]]
The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a three-year full-time, four-year part-time taught doctoral programme leading to a doctoral qualification that automatically confers professional registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), accreditation as a fully qualified chartered counselling psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and recognition within the UK and the EU as a chartered counselling psychologist eligible to practice.

The programme offers a sound and marketable model, combining in-depth competency in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), strong humanistic values, and psychodynamic awareness. The course was re-accredited by the HCPC and the BPS in 2012. It was commended for the depth and breadth of the modules offered; a number of our modules were described as cutting-edge and very well suited to the current zeitgeist and employment market. These modules include a first-year module devoted to working with difference and diversity, and a third-year service evaluation research exercise.

Run by a dedicated team of HCPC registered and BPS accredited chartered counselling and clinical psychologists, this course offers wide-ranging and high quality clinical and research expertise to trainees. Course team members have between one and 11 years of post-qualification clinical experience, and two thirds hold PhD or professional doctoral titles. Two thirds of the staff are academically published authors.

While student numbers are growing, the team prides itself on retaining a small cohort each year of no more than 20 students. This enables us to offer you a relatively high volume of individual attention from staff. All students are assigned a personal tutor and two research supervisors. You are offered a relatively high proportion of research supervision (10 hours in Year 1 and 20 hours each year in Years 2 and 3); safe spaces for clinical group supervision and skills practice; and an experiential and workshop style of teaching and learning. Trainees and staff develop collaborative relationships in relation to learning and personal development.

The programme has a dedicated placements coordinator, and an extensive online placement provider database, accessible prior to training commencement. We offer a comprehensive placements induction in the first week of training, and we encourage and support you to be in placement or at interview stage with placement providers by the beginning of your training.

The first year of training is the equivalent of a Master’s year. Students who exit at the end of Year 1 are eligible for an MSc in Psychological Therapies. This MSc offers eligibility to register with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), leading to clinical practice in either in public, private or third sector organisations. However, the course has high student retention rates, with the majority of students continuing from the MSc level into the doctoral level of training in Years 2 and 3. Student satisfaction within the programme is very high; feedback forms regularly comment on the high quality and breadth of teaching, the clinical and research expertise of the lecturers, and the dedication of the staff, both at a personal and professional level. Our students feel valued and attended to by the teaching team because the size of each cohort allows for a more tailored experience for each student.

Through postgraduate teaching and workshops across the wider applied psychology subject area, London Met counselling psychology trainees develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills in a broad range of qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods. The course emphasises criticality, epistemological critique and reflexivity across all research teaching and learning. Extensive support in the form of individual and group supervision and teaching is offered, alongside methodology learning, to support trainees in undertaking a piece of doctoral level research that will make an original contribution to the professional practice of counselling psychology, and more widely.

As trainees you will develop a wide range of intellectual and practical skills and knowledge. The training has a solid track record of trainees emerging as robust, sophisticated, and highly employable practitioners of counselling psychology. In recent years, we are proud that a number of our trainees have won BPS Division of Counselling Psychology trainee prizes for written assignments and research poster presentations.

The principle aims and achievements of the course are to produce graduates who are:
-Competent, informed, reflective, ethical and professionally sound practitioners of counselling psychology who are able to work in a range of settings and are committed to their own on-going personal and professional development
-Able to understand, develop and apply models of advanced psychological inquiry and research that enable the creation of new knowledge and which recognise the complex nature of human experience and relationships
-Able to adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory that constitutes counselling psychology and aware of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates
-In possession of a set of skills and competencies that are transferable to a wide variety of professional contexts and which enhance employability
-Able to demonstrate the range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Many students are conducting research in collaboration with National Health Service (NHS) Trusts or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Graduates find permanent employment within a few months post-qualification, with many trainees holding part-time clinical employment whilst they are in the final year of the training because their clinical skills and knowledge are of such a high standard. Other graduates from the programme find work in academia in visiting or permanent teaching posts or as research fellows.

The course is involved in on-going in-house events and conferences such as CultureShock, and in research and clinical collaborations with five NHS trusts. The programme is also involved in research and in the training of clinical staff with the Freedom from Torture Foundation and Khulisa, both community based organisations close to the Holloway Campus. The programme is also collaborating with the School of Social Sciences and School of Social Professions to link interpreters with clinicians and to establish training inside and outside the University on working with interpreters in mental health settings.

[[Assessment]]
A wide range of assessment methods is used on the programme. In Year 1 you'll complete seven master's level assignments, including a reflective essay, case formulation, process report, examination and two short research assignments using qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

You'll also complete a 7,000-word reflexive critical literature review and a 3,000-word proposal towards the end of Year 1. Your proposal must demonstrate an adequate basis for a doctoral level research project for you to proceed into Year 2 of the programme. Year 1 is the most intensive period of assessment on the programme.

If you progress to Year 2 you'll complete an extended clinical case study, integrative process analysis and theoretical essay at the end of the year, reflecting cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic learning. At the end of Year 3 a similar assignment is completed, reflecting a trans-theoretical, pluralistic perspective. You should complete your research project by the end of Year 3, submitting a 25,000 word thesis and subsequently participating in a viva voce examination.

You'll receive research supervision to guide your research throughout the programme. Research progress is formally monitored and evaluated through the submission of annual reports to the Research and Postgraduate Office in Years 2 and 3.

You are required to complete a minimum of 450 clinical hours in a range of placements under supervision over the duration of the programme, as well as a minimum of 60 hours of your own personal therapy.

Supervisors complete six-monthly practice competency evaluations, which enable bidirectional feedback and reflection on your progress and continuing professional development in your practice placements. Your personal and professional development is individually monitored and supported throughout the programme via annual reviews and appraisals with a tutor from the programme team.

[[Professional accreditation]]
The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology leads to a doctoral qualification that automatically confers professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accreditation as a fully qualified chartered counselling psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

[[Modular structure]]
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (core, 20 credits)
-Counselling Psychology Practice and Development (core, 20 credits)
-Professional and Ethical Issues (core, 20 credits)
-Psychological Knowledge and Models of Therapy (core, 20 credits)
-Research Project and Critical Skills (core, 60 credits)
-Therapeutic and Reflective Skills (core, 20 credits)
-Working with Difference and Diversity (core, 20 credits)

Year 2 modules include:
-Advanced Psychological Research (core, 160 credits)
-Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 1 (core, 100 credits)
-Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 2 (core, 100 credits)

[[After the course]]
Career opportunities for counselling psychologists include posts in a variety of areas. These include National Health Service (NHS) settings such as primary care, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, community mental health, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation, eating and personality disorder services, as well as the prison service, voluntary sector, private practice, academia, training, supervision, management and consultancy.

Graduates from the programme frequently go on work in one or more of these areas. Some have gone on to provide practice placements or to supervise or teach students on the programme. The range of advanced clinical and research skills and abilities gained through the course prepare graduates to undertake work in a variety of fields of activity.

[[Moving to one campus]]
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
45785| University of Portsmouth| Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)| [[Why take this course?]]

The EdD is a doctoral level qualification designed for professionals working within the education sector. It provides a structured programme of advanced scholarship and research which is of equivalent level to the traditional PhD, but which is orientated towards professional practice. The course is aimed at professionals across a range of educational contexts, including teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational consultants and early years practitioners.


[[What opportunities might it lead to?]]

professionals working within the education sector. It provides a structured programme of advanced scholarship and research which is of equivalent level to the traditional PhD, but which is orientated towards professional practice. The course is aimed at professionals across a range of educational contexts, including teachers, lecturers, trainers, educational consultants and early years practitioners.



[[What will I experience?]]

On this course you can:
undertake a structured doctoral programme
engage in explicit reflection on professional knowledge and practice
experience peer learning and networking opportunities afforded by the cohort approach


[[Module Details]]

The taught element of the programme is completed over two years and focusses on developing the knowledge and skills to enable you to successfully complete a doctoral level research project. On successful completion of the taught phase and submission of a research proposal, you will be assigned a supervisory team to support you in the completion of your doctoral thesis.

Core units you will study include:

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



[[Programme Assessment]]

The taught element of the course is delivered through workshops and online discussions (Moodle). The programme of themed workshops will include seminars led by the course team and opportunities for interactive group work. You will also have access to a Moodle site which contains relevant links and resources and which will enable discussions to continue between formal workshops.

As well as this, you will also be required to undertake independent study to supplement the formal teaching sessions, with appropriate guidance from a tutor or thesis supervisor.

There is a wide variety of different assessments aimed at integrating academic knowledge and professional practice, including:

a reflective practice assignment
a review of an academic journal article
a small scale research project
a research proposal
a thesis viva voce examination



[[Student Destinations]]

As you will already be in employment, this qualification is aimed at enhancing career opportunities within professional practice. However, students on other professional doctorate studies have found the qualification useful in developing their links with the higher education sector, e.g. through guest lecturing, part time teaching or joint publications with academic staff.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Lecturer
Researcher
45717| York St John University| DMin Professional Doctorate Ministry| Our professional doctorates allow people working in education or faith-based communities to do research that will expand knowledge in their profession and develop their professional practice. The programme (delivered at doctoral level throughout) combines four taught modules (taken over first two years) and a research thesis (completed in the following two to four years). The taught elements of the programme allow a more corporate and collegiate-style of learning than is usually possible when studying for a traditional PhD.

[[Course detail]]

The DMin is a well-recognised award among those who ministry in Christian churches.

Whatever your particular tradition, this award will enable you to study specific questions related to your mission and ministry and/or that of your church.

You might explore particular beliefs, attitudes or behaviours among clergy or congregations in order to better understand how to make minsters more effective.

Alternatively you could focus more specifically on your own practice and use action research to study the effect of a particular intervention or programme.

[[Format]]

At York St John we have experts in areas such as:

• Practical Theology (with an emphasis on Empirical Theology and the use of
quantitative data)
• Mission and Ministry
• Theological education
• Ordinary Theology (with an emphasis on qualitative data)
• Congregational studies
• Psychological aspects of ministry
• The Bible and ordinary readers

[[How to apply]]

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

[[Other sources of funding]]

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/
45716| York St John University| DRel Professional Doctorate Religion| Our professional doctorates allow people working in education or faith-based communities to do research that will expand knowledge in their profession and develop their professional practice. The programme (delivered at doctoral level throughout) combines four taught modules (taken over first two years) and a research thesis (completed in the following two to four years). The taught elements of the programme allow a more corporate and collegiate-style of learning than is usually possible when studying for a traditional PhD.

[[Course detail]]

This DRel is a new award that is designed specifically for professionals whose context is religious, but who are not necessarily involved in ‘ministry’.

Religious leaders from non-Christian backgrounds, or people working in para-religious organisations such as faith-based charities or NGOs may prefer an award that recognises the more broadly religious character of their work.

This award allows you to explore a very wide range of religious practice, including religious leadership in particular faith traditions, as well as the place of religion in society more generally.

What makes it a professional doctorate award is the requirement to like research to some sort of practice in these areas.

[[Format]]

At York St John we have experts in areas such as:

• Religion in the Public Sphere
• Public Theology
• Religion, peace and reconciliation
• Religion, politics and international relations
• World Christianity (with an emphasis on Asia)
• Judaism in contemporary contexts
• Islam in contemporary practice
• Contemporary religious communities

[[How to apply]]

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

[[Other sources of funding]]

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/
45715| York St John University| EdD Professional Doctorate in Education| Our professional doctorates allow people working in education or faith-based communities to do research that will expand knowledge in their profession and develop their professional practice. The programme (delivered at doctoral level throughout) combines four taught modules (taken over first two years) and a research thesis (completed in the following two to four years). The taught elements of the programme allow a more corporate and collegiate-style of learning than is usually possible when studying for a traditional PhD.

[[Course detail]]

The EdD is a well-recognised award which is aimed at a broad spectrum of people working in education or allied professions.

If you work at a school, FE or HE institution, or in an education or training role in a different sector, such as health, youth work or law enforcement, this award can help you to research aspects of teaching or management that relate to your role in the organisation, or to policy and practice across the sector more generally.

[[Format]]

At York St John we have experts in areas such as:

• Education Policy
• Education and Globalisation
• Teacher Formation and Development
• Curriculum and Assessment
• Education and Politics
• Education and Democracy
• Vocational Education

[[How to apply]]

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

[[Other sources of funding]]

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/
45706| Aston University| Optometry/Ophthalmic Science - Professional Doctorate/MSc/PGDip/PGCert| A professional doctorate that enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements.

[[Course outline]]
The Doctor of Optometry/ Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (previously known as the Aston “Ophthalmic Doctorate”) is a unique qualification - a professional doctorate - that enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, and critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements.

Taught modules are 20 credits each, nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning. Modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module. There are two study periods per year to complete taught modules; 1st October -31st January and 1st March - 30th June. Module results are ratified at Examination Boards held shortly after the end of each study period.

The research project is the major component of the doctorate, supervised by members of the Optometry Subject Group academic staff. Students will develop their research proposals based upon their own clinical interests, or may opt to select a project nominated by an Aston academic. Because this is a distance-learning programme, the research is not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the student has access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out the research, usually in the student's place of work.

The research stage requires a significant long-term commitment, as it is equivalent to around 2 years of full-time work (i.e. 4 years part-time). Candidates ultimately submit a thesis which is examined in a viva voce examination.

The Doctor of Optometry programme is aimed at practising optometrists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework, and will undertake a practice- based research project. The Doctor of Ophthalmic Science programme is for eye care professionals who may not be practising optometrists, e.g. medics/ orthoptists/ product designers; these students may complete scientific essays to fulfil the coursework requirements, and undertake a non-clinical research project.

This degree is only available as part-time distance learning, so it is vital that the student has access to a good broadband internet connection.

[[Flexible credit accumulation]]
New students initially register as LHS postgraduate students within a framework of flexible credit accumulation (FCA). Within this framework it is possible to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Optometry (60 taught credits); Postgraduate Diploma in Optometry (120 taught credits); M.Sc. in Optometry/ Ophthalmic Science (180 credits: 120 taught, 60 dissertation) or the Doctor of Optometry (DOptom)/ Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (DOphSc).

As part of the flexible programme, UK optometrists may complete the theoretical element of the GOC-approved Independent Prescribing for Optometrists. Further information is available here: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lhs/cpd/courses/optometry/independent-prescribing-for-optometrists/

The MSc requires the completion of 6 taught modules (120 credits) and a 60 credit narrative research review (dissertation).

Completion of the DOptom/ DOphSc requires 180 taught module credits and successful completion of a substantial personal research project, with submission of a thesis/ portfolio of work and a viva voce examination with an internal and external examiner. Up to 60 credits may be awarded in respect of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), whether experiential or certificated (e.g. previous completion of the Aston MOptom). To progress to full doctoral registration requires a minimum of 120 taught module credits including the compulsory 20 credit Research Methods module, an approved project proposal, and successful completion of the qualifying report stage, assessed by viva voce examination with an internal examiner. The report and the viva voce examination will be used to assess suitability for progression to the full doctoral project.

[[Timescales for study]]
Taught credits are valid for 5 years, so students studying for an MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate must complete their studies within 5 years of enrolment on the programme.

Students undertaking the DOptom/DOphSc. programme must complete their taught module requirement and complete the research stage within 6 years of registration. Note that in accordance with University Regulations for part-time research students, the earliest date for completion of the doctoral programme (i.e. submission of thesis/ portfolio) is 4 years following registration.

[[Subject guide and modules]]
Taught modules include:
-Accommodation and Presbyopia (OP4AAP)
-Advanced Contact Lenses (OP4ACL)
-Advanced Visual Science (OP4AVS)
-General Ocular Therapeutics (OP4GOT)
-Glaucoma (OP4GL1)
-Investigative Ophthalmic Science (OP4IOS)
-Myopia (OP4MY1)
-Nutrition and the Eye (OP4NE1)
-Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (OP4OT1)
-Prescribing for disorders of the eye (OP4OT2)
-Refractive Surgery (OP4RS1)
-Research Methods (OP4RM1)
-Research Review (Dissertation modules OP4OPR and OP40SR)
-Retinal and Macular Disorders (OP4RMD)
-Visual Impairment (OP4VI1)

[[Learning, teaching & assessment]]
For taught modules, online lectures, available on our virtual environment whenever you chose to view them are accompanied by short tests throughout the module. Each module includes a substantial piece of coursework, e.g. a scientific literature review or portfolio of case records. The pass mark for all forms of taught module assessment is 50%.

For the main element of the doctorate, the research project, candidates submit a report and undergo a qualifying report stage within one year of becoming research active. Once this stage has been passed, candidates continue their research, culminating in the submission of a thesis (up to 80, 000 words) which is examined in a viva examination by experts in the chosen field. The degree of Doctor of Optometry or Doctor of Ophthalmic Science is awarded to candidates who successfully defend their thesis.
45702| Aston University| Hearing Therapy - Professional Doctorate/MSc/PGDip/PGCert| -The first UK professional doctorate in Hearing Therapy
-Blended learning – study predominantly undertaken on-line alongside professional practice
-Can alternatively study for an MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert as part of the same programme framework
-Combination of taught modules and supervised practice-based research makes the course highly relevant to professionals engaged in the field of rehabilitation in audiology
-Students complete an in-practice research project with support from an academic supervisor

[[Programme outline & modules]]
PGCert – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Hearing Therapy (5 days face to face delivery + online support)
-Tinnitus Management (online delivery)
-Aural Rehabilitation (online delivery)

PGDip – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Evidence Based Practice (online delivery)
-Health Behaviours (online delivery)
-Vestibular Rehabilitation (online delivery)

MSc – all taught modules are 20 credits
-Research Methods (face to face + online delivery)
-Research Project I (face to face + online delivery)
-Research Project II (face to face + online delivery)

Doctor of Hearing Therapy – all taught modules are 20 credits. Students will select one of the following two modules:
-Qualitative Research Methodology (online delivery)
-Quantitative Methods and Advanced Statistics (online delivery)
-Research project & thesis. The personal research project is the core of Doctor of Hearing Therapy programme.

All modules can also be undertaken independently as continuing professional development.

[[Learning, teaching & assessment]]
Taught modules are 20 credits each, nominally equivalent to 200 hours of student learning. Modules consist of remote access lectures with electronic formative assessments and a module coursework assignment such as reflective case records, or an essay/literature review related to the module. Module results are ratified at Examination Boards held shortly after the end of each study period.

The research project is the major component of the doctorate, supervised by members of the Applied Health Research Group (http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/applied-health-research-group/). Students will develop their research proposals based upon their own clinical interests, or may opt to select a project nominated by an Aston academic. Because this is a distance-learning programme, the research is not normally carried out on the University campus, and it is essential that the student has access to the facilities and resources needed to carry out the research, usually in the student's place of work.

The research stage requires a significant long-term commitment, as it is equivalent to around 2 years of full-time work (i.e. 4 years part-time). Candidates ultimately submit a thesis which is examined in a viva voce examination.

The Doctor of Hearing Therapy programme is aimed at practising audiologists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework, and will undertake a practice- based research project.

Students are on campus at the start of the programme when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities.

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