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

61118| Teesside University| Counselling Psychology DCounsPsy|

This programme delivers professional academic education combined with experiential training to produce graduates who are competent in delivering evidence-based psychological therapy.

The programme emphasises a reflective practitioner approach, allowing the integration of psychological theory, skills and research alongside a highly developed capacity for self reflection and awareness. The core theoretical philosophy of the doctorate is that of an integrative/relational stance - recognising the primacy of the therapeutic relationship. As such, the course is an integrated programme of study, utilising critical appraisal of psychological theory, practice and research.

Professional accreditation

The doctorate is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. Graduates of the doctorate are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 (for example counselling psychologist) is on the HCPC register. For more information, please see the HCPC website.

This doctorate is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduates are eligible to apply for Chartered Counselling Psychologist Status.

How you learn

Teaching and learning includes lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, case discussion groups, skills coaching sessions, supervised practice and personal development sessions.

The combination of learning and teaching methods encourages self-directed, trainee-led enquiry. The emphasis is on integrating theoretical knowledge and research with clinically relevant practice experiences on placement. Placements are offered in the third sector and in regional NHS services. You are supported to obtain suitable placements.

In addition to the standard forms of learning, you are expected to learn through experiential models as a result of receiving clinical and research-based supervision.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods is utilised throughout the programme to emphasise the broad range of skills being assessed. Assessment methods include an unseen ethics examination, critical review essays, case studies, process reports, research proposals, a thesis, oral presentation, written evaluations, supervisory reports, case work, client logs, evidence files and practical workbooks. It is expected that by using a variety of methods aimed at assessing academic and research skills alongside practical clinical skills, you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills.

Employability

Career opportunities

The programme provides the relevant qualification for graduates to practise as counselling psychologists. Counselling psychologists work in a wide number of settings and this course prepares graduates for careers in the NHS, the private sector and the public sector.

Results from our most recent employability survey of 11 out of a possible 12 graduates were excellent. 100% identified being in professional employment plus 9.1% in further study, nine were in full-time work, one was in part-time work and one was working and studying. One graduate commented: ‘I think the teaching and content of the course provides a realistic expectation of 'the role of the counselling psychologist' which is also enhanced by clinical placements. The focus on ethics also promotes good practice.’

The programme team regularly receives feedback from employers including the local NHS Trusts. We have increased NHS placements for our trainees, and some trainees conduct their research within NHS settings.

Placement providers commented that our students are ‘enthusiasm, bring fresh ideas, are an additional resource and well prepared; they encourage reflection, undertake research and help us push our own practice’, which are all indicative of the transferable skills that you can take into your professional working life when you graduate.

Other placement comments:

  • The last person we had on placement was very well prepared, organised, keen to learn and had experience working in the voluntary sector.’
  • ‘Trainees we have had seem to have good clinical skills and a good understanding around professionalism.’
  • ‘We interview all of our trainees for placement and have always chosen those who are warm and open at interview. As a team we feel that the trainees all seem to have; sound principles of contracting, a good understanding of confidentiality, an open and reflective stance towards clients in sessions and in placement supervision, professional attitude, willingness to and appreciation of working in a team.’
  • ‘We are very fortunate to have [trainee] as her work with our clients is excellent as is her interaction with our team.’
61105| Teesside University| Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)|

Public health is rapidly becoming one of the most recognised areas to focus attention on in terms of improving health and quality of life of populations. The need to expand and develop the public health workforce locally, nationally and internationally is well established.

This course offers enhanced opportunities for students wishing to pursue studies in the academic and applied world of public health. The University is keen to share its vision by reaching out to students worldwide – either as attendees or distance learners with full support and interactive resources with experienced team members. Whether studying for career development part time or full time, or from a specific professional interest in the discipline, the course offers a distinguished broader-based learning programme aligned with the growing worldwide interest in public health development. As population structures continue to become dominated by ageing populations, rates of chronic illness increase, emergency of complicated infectious diseases (such as Ebola, Zika, HIV), and health and social care budget cuts, there has never been greater emphasis on preventing disease and improving public health and wellbeing. There is an increasing urge to move from viewing health concerns through lenses of biomedical models to biopsychosocial models. This demonstrates the need to develop more intricate multidisciplinary approaches that blend medical, allied health, nursing professionals, psychologists and sociologists working together to improve health and quality of life of populations – an initiative that requires effective leadership.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) cultivates effective leadership skills among current and future leaders in public health practice enabling you to develop advanced knowledge and competency in translating current best evidence into public health practice. You develop advanced critical thinking, administrative and problem-solving skills relevant for a dynamic contemporary public health practice environment. You develop a unique ability to analyse and understand the complex global public health issues, and provide sustainable evidence based solutions for improved health outcomes. The DrPH also enables you to become a fully independent public health researcher able to take the lead on your own learning and research. You have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside experienced and prolific researchers in public health, supporting you to engage in public health research, and to develop a record of wide dissemination and publication – important aspects in your career progression towards achieving a consultant position. The tutors on your programme are all specialists in their areas with much expertise and skill in their disciplines. A number of external experts may also contribute to modules including health protection experts from Public Health England, environmental health experts from the local authority, public health commissioners from a range of backgrounds and emergency planning officers who run a simulated public health event for students.

Where you study

The attendance mode of the programme is delivered at Teesside University main campus in Middlesbrough. The programme is also available by distance learning, allowing you the flexibility to study anywhere at your convenience.

Employability

Work placement

You have the opportunity to undertake an optional fellowship placement in semester 3 of the first year (full-time) or second year (part-time). The placement is in a public health practice setting, for example at the Department of Public Health in Middlesbrough, or the World Health Organization. The placement activities are wide ranging including working with a team of experts to implement and evaluate public health interventions in communities. You are expected to develop a reflective portfolio to evidence your learning on the placement.

The programme addresses core public health competencies outlined by the United Kingdom Faculty of Public Health. Successful completion of the programme should enable you to successfully pass Part A Faculty of Public Health examinations.

Career opportunities

This programme supports you to leave university well prepared to lead public health teams, initiatives and projects both in the UK and internationally and assists you as a public health professional to prepare for management and leadership roles reflected in the contemporary public health workforce needs. The Doctor of Public Health is highly recognised by all public health professional bodies and key international and UK public health employers place high regard in a candidate with the qualification.

61087| University of Kent| Mechanical Engineering - PhD|

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines in a highly stimulating academic environment.

The Mechanical Engineering Group in School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) offers a Masters by Research (MRes) as well as a PhD programme in Mechanical Engineering. A full time MRes is a one year programme that leads to a research thesis. The duration for PhD programme is three years. 

The MRes and PhD research-led degrees in the Mechanical Engineering Group will allow you to undertake cutting-edge projects in advanced fields of Mechanical Engineering. These research fields include:

  • computer aided design (CAD), 
  • failure of materials and structures, 
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD), 
  • automation and manufacturing, 
  • risk and reliability,
  • industrial maintenance,
  • robotics and autonomous systems, 
  • and digital mechanics. 

The School has state-of-the-art facilities and experimental equipment to support students’ research such as 3-D printer, wind tunnel, dynamic testing machines, mechatronic units and non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment. The School provides research students the opportunity to participate in regular research seminars and workshops. We also offer research students the possibility of attending international conferences organised by Mechanical Engineering societies to present their work.

Our one year MSc by Research in Mechanical Engineering is an internationally recognised advanced postgraduate research degree, providing an ideal foundation for advanced skills and knowledge. Traditional MSc degrees primarily contain taught modules, whilst an MSc by Research is heavily research or practice-based and you learn through hands-on projects.

Whereas a taught Masters develops expertise in existing subject knowledge, an MSc by Research places more emphasis on research and practical expertise and is project-based rather than module-based. An MSc by Research can focus on individual research skills, providing a strong foundation to build on for students considering a doctoral degree (PhD). Alternatively, our MSc by Research can be done via a practice-based approach, which is more orientated toward the industry. It is well structured, with clearly defined tasks to be completed, which will eventually lead to the final dissertation.

61037| University of Wolverhampton| Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology|

Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.

Why choose this course?

Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.

The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health. A foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work, allows an integrative framework for development of a range of clinical, research and reflective skills. Through the integration of theoretical training, research processes, critical approaches to psychopathology and reflective working you will learn to develop an integrative method of professional practice incorporating the latest developments in evidence-based practice at the forefront of mental health-care.  

What happens on the course?

The doctorate is studied full-time over 3 years, or part-time over 5 years. The course begins with a two-day residential at the end of September, which includes an overnight hotel stay providing the opportunity to meet members of your cohort, other year groups and staff members in an informal setting.

Welcome Week activities and course induction follows, bringing key skills in preparation for the course, clinical placement and research.

The course fee also includes:

  • Residential stay at the beginning of the course.
  • BPS accredited psychometric training (Level A) and critical approaches to using tests in clinical settings.
  • EMDR training (Stage One) - accredited training.
  • Weekly clinical discussion groups, focusing on widening skills.
  • Extensive electronic journal and ebook library.
  • Teaching input from leaders in the field of counselling psychology.
  • Training in leadership, LGBT issues, religion and spirituality, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, neuropsychology: working with clients suffering brain injury, psychopharmacology: drugs and medications, therapy in forensic settings, trauma focused CBT, introduction to providing supervision.
  • Attendance at the annual BPS Division of Counselling Psychology conference, including accommodation and funding for resources if you choose to present.
  • We also offer a wide range of additional training and research activities within the department, the majority of which are free for trainees.

Potential Career Paths

  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Psychotherapist
60893| University of Kent| Biomedical Engineering - PhD|

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines related to Medical Engineering, Bioengineering, Digital-Health and Medical Electronics. The School enjoys an international reputation for its work and prides itself in allowing students the freedom to realise their maximum potential.

The research-led degrees in our School will allow you to undertake cutting-edge projects in a broad range of biomedical related disciplines. 

Examples of projects are:   

- Development of wearable technology to design new skin-like flexible sensors, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), for Dysphagia therapy or Brain-Machine Interaction for wheelchair control.  

- The design of AI algorithms for medical decision making to support patients who lack the mental capacity to consent or to apply image analysis to medical images.

- Development of an intelligent system which can support health carers in generating highly personalised virtual reality (VR), to provide an effective care setting for people with dementia.

As well as offering excellent research facilities and equipment, the School allows students the opportunity to participate in regular research seminars and workshops and offers students the possibility of attending international conferences in order to present their work. As a research student in the School, you will become a member of one of our thriving research groups.

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation recognised for both the quality of our teaching and impact of our research.   A special School combining engineering, technology and digital media, our blended expertise is well suited to the needs of the 21st century. Forward-looking and culturally diverse, we are committed to developing employable and ethical graduates who will impact positively on society. Located in its own building, we are small enough to get to know all our students as individuals and staff and students work in a very friendly environment.

The School was established over 50 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. Engaged in high-quality research in Communications, Intelligent Interactions and Instrumentation and Control, with significant national and international impact, we have been consistently attracting substantial research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies, government agencies and others and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality.

We prepare our students for a wide range of occupations enabling them to pursue dynamic professional careers in the UK and overseas.   

60831| Bath Spa University| Professional Doctorate Education|

Enhance your career in education with our Professional Doctorate.

  • Aimed at experienced professionals in all areas of education, with opportunities to learn from innovative local research projects.
  • Taught by teams of practitioners, scholars, and researchers who are experts in their fields.
  • Particular areas of expertise include teacher education, professionalism, leadership, social justice, and education policy.

This six-year part-time Professional Doctorate in Education combines a three-year taught programme with a three-year piece of independent research and a thesis of 50,000 words. You'll have the opportunity to conduct an original piece of empirical research based on your own practice in an educational field of your choice, which will make a new contribution to knowledge.

The course will offer you the opportunity to engage with the latest research in professionalism, early childhood studies, social justice and inequalities in education, education policy, leadership in education, pedagogies, and education philosophy. All of this will be underpinned by a rigorous study of research methods and theories in education.

This course is aimed at professionals working in education or education-related fields. You'll be encouraged to think, write, and research critically, innovatively, and rigorously. You'll learn how to analyse, critique and innovate in education practice, policy and research. You'll be encouraged to challenge established ideas and concepts and develop your professional and academic skills to the highest level.

Course structure

The EdD is a part-time course in two parts. The first, taught element, will take three years to complete, the second, independent research element will take two to three years.

The taught element contains six modules. Two modules will run per academic year, one per semester. This will also involve planning a piece of original research. You must pass the taught element of the course to move on to thesis stage.

Once the taught part of the course is complete, you'll conduct an independent piece of empirical research which will make an original contribution to knowledge. This element will take two to three years. You'll work with two supervisors who'll guide your work, and you'll produce a 50,000 word thesis.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Understanding educational research
  • Advanced educational research methods
  • Educational research proposal
  • Policy and professionalism in education
  • Leadership and pedagogy
  • Critical studies in early childhood
  • Education and society
  • Education and globalisation
  • Dissertation

Attendance and timetables

The programme is designed to be completed over six years.

The taught element of the course will last three years. There will be one module taught each semester over two teaching blocks, which you'll need to attend. These will normally take place on a Friday and Saturday.

In the independent research element of the course, you'll work with your supervisors to conduct a piece of research and write a thesis. You'll need to negotiate meetings with your supervisors, which will take place once every six to eight weeks.

There are also research training events throughout the year which you'are welcome to attend to top up the taught element of your EdD course, such as specific sessions on writing for publication or research time-management, and research seminars and open lectures across the University.

Once you enter the independent research element of your course, you'll be expected to present your work at a suitable academic conference.

You’ll be subject to the same processes and quality check-points of enrolment, registration, annual monitoring, progression assessment, and viva (the oral examination for a doctorate) as all of the University’s doctoral students.

Independent study time: 280 hours per semester.

Individualised, subject-specific research training

Each of the taught modules has an assignment equivalent to 5,000 words. You'll also be required to undertake an independent research study of 50,000 words on an approved topic. 

Assessment

Each module is assessed via formative exercises and tasks, to include class discussions and group presentations. There will also be a summative assessment in the form of an assignment (5,000 words) which critically discusses the module content.

Part-time study and employment

The EdD is a part-time programme and there are no restrictions on employment during the course. In fact, it is expected that students will also be senior professionals in education.

However, you'll need to find ways to negotiate the balance between study and employment, as you're likely to run into difficulty if you don't give your research and study the time it requires.

59905| University of Oxford| DPhil in Literature and Arts|

Overview

The DPhil in Literature and Arts considers applications from those who have already been awarded the MSt in Literature and Arts. Applications may also be considered from students with an interdisciplinary Master's degree in the humanities.

Students will often be building on research and skills developed during the MSt in Literature and Arts, and prospective students are recommended to look at the MSt course page as a progression pathway to this DPhil.

Description

DPhil in Literature and Arts Oxford UniversityThe DPhil programme shares the same historical and interdisciplinary scope as the MSt. It is also an interdisciplinary programme which encompasses the disciplines of literature, art and architectural history, history, philosophy and theology. Compared to the MSt, however, students will be working independently towards their own deeply researched 100,000 word thesis, building on sustained independent research over a number of years, and focusing on one specific subject. The thesis can be completed in four to (a maximum) eight years. We encourage students to work towards completion in four to six years and the supervisors help to structure a realistic work schedule and timetable for completion.

The research students on this course carry out independent doctoral research on a subject linked to the British past, c.1450- c.1914. British history is interpreted in the broadest possible sense to include global and imperial connections. For instance, the formation of British culture through the stimuli of influences beyond Europe, from Chinese porcelain to commodities like sugar and tea. Research proposals are welcome across the period, from, for example, Tudor and Jacobean Art and Architecture to the changing place of women in early twentieth century Britain. We have a democratic view of cultural history in which all men's and women's lives play their part.

DPhil in Literature and Arts Oxford University

Students work in at least two of the disciplines and are supervised by academics with two different areas of specialism. The course enables students to make the most of the university's resources (e.g. its libraries, computer facilities, museums and historic monuments) Students are also likely to need to consult archives and other primary sources in different locations depending on their project. There is an attendance requirement for this course of thirty days per academic year, and students will be encouraged to fully participate in the Graduate School in the Department for Continuing Education and to take part in other seminars, workshops and training activities offered across the University.

Assessment methods

The DPhil will be awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination. Your thesis will be based on extensive original research and engagement with current scholarship. Students undertaking a part-time DPhil will normally study for four to six years from the time of admission. This compares with a full-time doctorate, which normally takes three to four years to complete.

Level and demands

To be eligible for the course students should:

  • normally be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any relevant subject. A good master's level qualification is usually required
  • Show prior interest in the area of research proposed 

For further course information visit the Department for Continuing Education website. www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/dphil-in-literature-and-arts

For fees and application process visit the Oxford University's Graduate Admissions website. https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-literature-and-arts?wssl=1

59904| University of Oxford| DPhil in English Local History|

Overview

Local history has for more than twenty years formed one of the largest programmes within the Department for Continuing Education. The subject has proved an interesting, rewarding and accessible area of historical studies that has enabled many mature students to become directly involved in individual research. At undergraduate level the Department has, since 1980, offered a Diploma course and, in 1999, introduced a pioneering Internet-delivered Advanced Diploma.

The MSc and DPhil programmes have been a natural progression for the Department, drawing on knowledge and skills acquired in many years of providing specialist classes in local history, and profiting from close links with local, social and economic historians elsewhere in the University. The Department introduced a part-time, taught Master’s course in English Local History in 1993. In 1995 it inaugurated, on a pilot basis, a part-time doctoral programme in three subjects, one of which was local history. In 2001 the University judged the pilot scheme to have been successful and confirmed the programme. The MSc and DPhil programmes are overseen by the University’s Continuing Education Board, and admission is through the Department for Continuing Education. All postgraduate students on these courses are now members of the Department’s new Graduate School.

Supervision on the DPhil programme is provided by specialist tutors from the Department and elsewhere in Oxford, and further afield. An impression of interests represented in the Department’s teaching and research supervision can be seen in the Advanced Paper subjects offered as part of the Master’s course:

  • Power and patronage in the later medieval localities
  • Kinship, culture and community: provincial elites in early modern England
  • Poverty and the Poor Law in England 1660-1800
  • Enclosure and rural change, 1750-1850
  • Religion and community in England, 1830-1914.

The part-time DPhil regulations require a minimum period of four years'part-time study (equivalent to two years' full-time). Typically, students take about six years to complete the DPhil. The MSc in English Local History is recommended as preparation for the DPhil* and students building on MSc work usually complete more quickly.

Research students may be required to undertake appropriate research training provided within the University. In addition, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research, involving wide and intense reading, data collection and analysis, and writing.

For further course information visit the Department for Continuing Education website. www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/dphil-in-english-local-history

For fees and application process visit the Oxford University's Graduate Admissions website. www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-english-local-history?wssl=1

59903| University of Oxford| DPhil in Architectural History|

Overview

Architectural history has been taught within the Department for many years. The subject is defined broadly to include the built and designed landscape, and aspects of interior design. The programme is designed to enable students, including mature students, to undertake individual research. Past students have studied for the intrinsic interest of the subject as well as in connection with careers in heritage management and conservation.

The programme draws on considerable experience in providing advanced tuition in architectural history. It profits from the close links within the Department between the disciplines of architectural history, art history, design history, English local history and landscape archaeology. It also has links with other parts of the University, particularly the Faculty of History, the Department of the History of Art, and Kellogg College, amongst the Fellows of which is the concentration of architectural historians associated with the University.

Description

Supervision on the DPhil programme is provided by specialist tutors from the Department and elsewhere in Oxford. In broad terms, supervision is possible in most areas of British architectural history (as defined above) from the middle ages to present, and some European topics. In terms of Great Britain, academic staff currently have particular research interests in ecclesiastical buildings; medieval castles, great houses and their landscapes; country houses; vernacular architecture; urban and institutional architecture, especially of London and Oxford, from 1660 to the present.

Programme content

The part-time DPhil regulations require a period of five to eight years’part-time study (equivalent to three years' full-time). Research students may be required to undertake appropriate research training provided within the Department. In addition, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers both within the Department and elsewhere in the University. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research, involving wide and intense reading, data collection (which may include fieldwork) and analysis, and writing.

Further course information www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/dphil-in-architectural-history and to apply visit the Oxford University's Graduate Admissions website www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-architectural-history?wssl=1

59901| University of Oxford| DPhil in Archaeology|

Overview

Oxford is a research-intensive university, and the subject of Archaeology is currently ranked as No.1 in the world by the QS World Rankings.

Archaeology has for more than forty years formed one of the leading subjects within this Department. It has proved a rewarding and accessible area of study that has enabled students to become directly involved in research. At undergraduate level the Department offers a part-time Certificate, a Diploma and Advanced Diploma, and at postgraduate level a taught MSc course in Applied Landscape Archaeology, and a part-time D.Phil by Research.

The part-time D.Phil by Research (full title: Doctor of Philosophy, equivalent to PhD) is assessed by a 80,000 word thesis, and was first offered in Archaeology in 2003. Students normally study for six years (twice the full-time length). It is assessed in exactly the same way as a full-time D.Phil, involving stages of transfer from probationary status to full D.Phil status, and confirmation of eligibility to submit your thesis, culminating in a viva-voce (oral) examination after submission, with one external and one internal examiner.

The award is an Oxford D.Phil which is the same qualification as the full-time version; the part-time programme is overseen by the University’s Continuing Education Board, and admission is online through the University Graduate Admissions Office. All candidates for graduate programmes must also apply for a college place (which is done in the same application) - see 'College affiliation' below. 

Supervision is arranged to suit the D.Phil topic, although depending on your topic area, we cannot always guarantee to have appropriate supervision available. It normally involves one or more of the Department's own archaeologists. The Department also has strong links with the School of Archaeology which is responsible for full-time provision within the University; depending on topic, at our request members of the School's academic or research staff may be willing to offer supervision or co-supervision. In the first instance, please consult the D.Phil Programme Director on your proposed topic or chosen study area (see below).

Approved topics of research for the part-time DPhil normally relate to the Department's recognised strengths in landscape, British and professional archaeology. Occasionally other topic areas are approved, subject to an excellent application and supervision being available elsewhere within the university. All admissions and approvals of research topics are subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.

59594| University of Buckingham| Professional Doctorate in Operational Excellence|

Course Info

The Professional Doctorate in Operational Excellence is a unique part-time degree designed to enhance professional education and practice through rigorous research into complex management issues. It is envisaged that students holding the Professional Doctorate will ultimately lead communities of practice in their specialist profession.

This programme is aimed at senior business professionals aiming to take their career to the next level.

The Professional Doctorate award is distinct from a PhD award in the following respects:

  • The Professional Doctorate typically focuses on research ‘in’ rather than research ‘on’ organisations.
  • The thesis produced at the end of the programme will make an original contribution to practice within the relevant professional area or areas.
  • Considerable weight is given to the taught components of the programme.

Employers will benefit from supporting students on the programme developing and retaining key talent and building knowledge for competitive advantage.

Structure

Students will initially be registered for the degree of DProf. Their status will be probationary until all taught modules have been passed and the proposed research has been assessed as viable.

Each student will be assigned a supervisory team which will provide expert support throughout the taught and research components of the programme.

The first two years of the programme comprise taught modules that prepare students for doctoral level research in Operational Excellence. The taught modules are delivered through a series of nine 2.5 day workshops facilitated by internationally renowned researchers and practitioners. The taught modules are followed by a doctoral research project of 2 plus years.

Modules

Each of the taught modules will be summatively assessed by an individual written assignment. Some modules also include a summatively assessed individual presentation. Throughout the taught and research components of the programme supervisors will provide extensive formative feedback on draft work thereby ensuring that work submitted for summative assessment meets required standards.

The Programme consists of 540 credits: 180 credits at level 7 and 360 credits at level 8. The level 7 taught modules are:

Module 1: Designing a Professional Doctoral Research Project (20 credits)

Module 2: Theory & Contemporary Thinking in Operational Excellence (40 credits)

Module 3: Engaging with a Relevant Body of Knowledge (60 credits)

Module 4: Methodological Frameworks Data Collection (60 credits)

Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Professional Doctorate in Operational Excellence (DProf).

Students who successfully complete all taught modules will be eligible to graduate with a step-off award of Master of Business Research (MBusRes) if doctoral level research is not pursued.

Graduates will acquire a widely-respected qualification that clearly demonstrates their intellectual capacity and their ability to innovate and problem-solve.

The programme will also provide global and local networking opportunities – ideas and research experiences will be debated with other students and with faculty.

59350| University of Reading| Doctor of Business Administration - DBA|

The Henley Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is one of only nine programmes globally to have gained the prestigious AMBA accreditation. Since its launch in 1992, the Henley DBA is thought to be the most established in Europe with the highest number of graduates to its name from over 30 countries around the world.

The MSc/DBA programme contributes to the research excellence of Henley Business School. The theses produced receive commendations from accrediting bodies and examiners alike. Candidates include prestigious competition winners and the quality of theses is regularly praised as being the highest quality by scholars with global reputations in their field. Research associates are members of our School structure and are encouraged to take part in activities of our research centres. By conducting original research in their specialist area, candidates are able to further their careers and build expertise to contribute to grow competitive advantage and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

What is a DBA?

The Henley Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is a part-time professional doctoral degree with an international scope and reputation, designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management.

It enhances the capability to develop knowledge and theory, and their application. Key to this is a programme to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

Aims

The Henley DBA will enable you to:

  • Develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your chosen area of research into business and management
  • Have a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic and management enquiry
  • Create and interpret knowledge through original research. Enhance both your performance as a reflective practitioner and your professional practice
  • Develop personal, consultancy and research competences to undertake rigorous research at an advanced level that contributes to theory and practice in business and management

Who should consider a DBA?

The programme will be of particular benefit to experienced senior executives, consultants, management educators and business school academics. A DBA from Henley will enhance professional capability and credibility, develop networks, and provide a firm foundation for further career development or a major career move. Employers benefit from supporting candidates for the DBA by attracting, developing and retaining key talent and building knowledge for competitive advantage.

DBA and PhDs – Equal but Different

The DBA has both rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory and practice in business and management. The DBA typically focuses on research ‘in’ organisations rather than research ‘on’ organisations. It is more likely to involve cross-disciplinary work and mixed methods and contribute to developing students' own practice and development.

Programme structure

The DBA programme consists of two distinct, but linked stages.

In line with all doctoral programmes, you will begin your journey by developing your research skills. At Henley, you work towards an additional qualification whilst you undertake this part of your development. Therefore, unless you already have an equivalent research qualification such as MRes or MPhil, you will complete the MSc in Business and Management Research.

The MSc in Business and Management Research provides a thorough grounding in research methodology and techniques. You will be preparing and developing your ideas and proposals for your own research – through teaching inputs and structured assessment - and also developing your competence to undertake research. This stage is scheduled over 18 months, with four one-week compulsory workshops covering,

  • Research and Personal Development
  • Introduction to Research methodology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods

This stage also includes research colloquia and other optional seminars.

Your MSc will culminate in the development of a research proposal, providing the platform for developing research in the DBA stage.

Stage 1:

MSc in Business and Management Research

Your MSc will promote the development of a deep knowledge of the research process and a broad understanding of the available range of research methodologies. As you progress though the MSc, you will also be developing your research questions, broadening your knowledge of the literature in the area you intend to research, and selecting the appropriate methodology and methods. You’ll finally arrive at a detailed research proposal.

The assessed components of the MSc are:

  • Research outline interview: further develops your research ideas
  • Working paper: a scoping literature review of a selected area
  • Research skills: a critique of a selected research methodology and one other research target linked to your particular needs
  • Thesis critique: an evaluation of an existing doctoral thesis
  • Qualitative data analysis assignment
  • Quantitative data analysis assignment
  • Report on a pilot study: a report on a study involving a pilot collection of data
  • Research proposal: a detailed proposal for research – including literature review, methodology and methods – relating to a specific research area.

Stage 2:

DBA

Your DBA stage has two assessed components relating to the completion of a research thesis and the development of competences relevant to the application of this research:

  • Report on two targets for development in the areas of personal, teaching and consultancy skills competences
  • Doctoral thesis.
59066| Queen Mary University of London| Oral Medicine DClinDent|

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

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

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

You’ll then enter supervised clinical practice, conducting treatment planning and clinical procedures, including a number of complex treatments. 

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

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

The programme includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 11 dedicated seminar rooms and a student learning centre
  • 92 production laboratory spaces
  • Digital imaging and two cutting-edge cone beam CT machines
  • A PC in every operatory with ‘slave screen’ on chair for viewing images and discussing results with patient
  • Modern facial-scanning equipment
  • Facilities and services for 72 ‘phantom’ heads

If you study with us, you will join a dynamic, successful school with a first-class reputation: the Institute is ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2019 Complete University Guide, and joint first for our research impact (REF 2014).

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

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

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

58722| University College London| Clinical Psychology DClinPsy|

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The UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) is a professional training course for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom, and welcomes high-calibre candidates from the UK and abroad. The course provides a first-rate training in clinical psychology, leading to a doctoral qualification accredited by the UK’s Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Why study this degree at UCL?

The DClinPsy programme offers a clinical training supervised by high calibre clinicians including those working in national centres of excellence. This is coupled with the opportunity to undertake research supervised by world-renowned academics who are research leaders in psychotherapy outcomes, psychoanalysis, attachment, psychopharmacology and cognitive behavioural therapy. Our aim is to train ‘thinking psychologists’ who can make significant national and international contributions to clinical psychology services and the development of clinical science.

Department: Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology

Research areas

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Society
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Children
  • Mental health

More information can be found on the department website: Clinical Psychology DClinPsy

Placement

There are six placement periods of six months each.

Careers

Many graduates on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology go on to become professional practitioners either in the NHS, local councils, charities, in private practice or other settings.

Employability:

Clinical psychology training courses are the primary route to becoming a qualified clinical psychologist in the UK. The UCL DClinPsy is the largest course of its kind in the UK and will give graduates the skills required to become a clinical psychologist working in national and international healthcare settings.

Networking:

The department has research collaborations with many institutions including the Anna Freud Centre and Yale Child Study Centre. We also invite speakers from external institutions and professionals working for health services to give lectures to our students.

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

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

Overview

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

Objectives

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

Graduate Profile

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description

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

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

Programme details

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessment methods

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

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

This course is not open to International students.

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

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

What's covered in the course?

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

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

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

Why Choose Us?

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

How you learn

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

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

Teaching description

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

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

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

Accreditation

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

Our Facilities

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

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

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

Enhancing your employability skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme structure

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

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

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

·        the context of health and social care research

·        literature review

·        ethics

·        the principles of research design

·        methods of data collection and analysis.

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

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

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

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

Application process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme structure

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

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

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

·        the context of education research

·        literature review

·        ethics

·        the principles of research design

·        methods of data collection and analysis.

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

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

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

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

Application process

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

·        Child and youth studies

·        Curriculum, equity and assessment

·        Educational leadership, management and development

·        Technology enhanced learning

·        Language and literacy

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

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

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

The Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice develops current and aspiring criminal justice professionals to operate confidently at a strategic level, providing skills to drive evidence-based change and improve criminal justice performance. You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminal justice and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

The bespoke qualification can be tailored to professional requirements, thereby increasing the potential for personal development and career progression. Online resources also provide the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, within a guided and structured framework. The course is taught by lecturers with frontline experience in criminal justice organisations and those who are research active in this area.  

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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

LIS provide access to a huge range of electronic resources - e-journals and databases, eBooks, images and texts. As this course is exclusively online, the programme will make extensive use of Blackboard (eLearn), which promotes access to a variety of resources and materials designed to meet the learning needs of distance learning students.

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

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

INDUSTRY LINKS

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

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

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

57617| University of Central Lancashire| Computing - DProf|

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

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

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

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

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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

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

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

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

Course Details

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

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

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

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

Please visit the application support page for further information.

Course Content

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

Principles of Research

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

Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

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

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

Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

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

Developing Leadership in Business Research

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

Reflecting on Business Practice

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

The Research Proposal

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

Professional Research Project

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

56606| Aberdeen University| MPhil, MRes Sociology|

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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56605| Aberdeen University| MPhil Real Estate|

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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56604| Aberdeen University| MSc Psychology (Research)|

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

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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56602| Aberdeen University| MSc Physics (Research)|

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

Research includes:

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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56600| Aberdeen University| MPhil Music|

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

Research groups are interdisciplinary, and they include:

  • Sound Emporium Research Group
  • Elphinstone Institute

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

Areas of research interests include:

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

Find out more: [email protected]

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56599| Aberdeen University| MPhil, MRes Management|

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

Research is interdisciplinary, and it includes research groups in:

  • Economics
  • Public Health
  • Health Economics Research Unit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why study at Aberdeen? 

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

Where you study

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

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