Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science DProf

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description


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

    Application deadline

    We strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible before the start of the course, in September 2022. This way, you won’t miss out on the critical opening weeks of your course and university events.

    If you apply after the course has commenced, we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed in time to make you an offer for 2022 entry. 

    If you are an International student and require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for a study visa, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    What you'll experience

    The Faculty of Science and Health offers a suite of Professional Doctorates. You will be supervised by experienced researcher-practitioners with extensive applied experience.

    On this course you will:

    • Gain advanced research skills through the completion of a doctoral level programme of research
    • Be supervised by staff who have a wealth of experience in research and applied practice in sport, exercise and health science
    • Develop advanced ethical, communication, and consultancy competencies in applied sport, exercise and health science practice

    Teaching and assessment

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

    Careers and opportunities

    A professional doctorate is a desirable qualification for those working in areas such as the NHS, Physiotherapy, Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning 

    This programme encourages advanced analytical and critical thinking, while enhancing in-depth appreciation of research skills and how these are applied into the workplace. The development of this key knowledge will assist in enhancing policies and practices within your chosen profession. 

    On a personal level, the aim is for you to gain personal fulfilment whilst undertaking career professional development (CPD) and enhancement. 

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

    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science DProf page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    A master's degree in an appropriate subject and a suitable workplace environment to support the professional research and development project. Applicants are subject to interview.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

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