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

Professional Doctorate Framework


Course Description

What will you study

An emerging qualification meeting the increasing demands of today’s professional environments, Glasgow Caledonian's Professional Doctorate is an exciting alternative to the traditional PhD. Professional Doctorate study supports middle and senior managers in becoming highly-competent, strategically-focused researchers capable of demonstrating innovative, evidence-based solutions – outwith academia. 

By addressing operational and strategic challenges within your own industry or organisation through relevant, applied research, you will equip yourself for demanding leadership roles and position your organisation as a true leader in the sector. 

A Professional Doctorate is ideal for professionals who wish to: 

  • improve the effectiveness of their organisation or profession
  • contribute to the evidence/knowledge base and enhance customers’/clients’ experience
  • enhance their career projection

Glasgow Caledonian University offers Professional Doctorate study for research into the following areas:

  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctorate of Management (DMan)
  • Professional Doctorate (Built Environment)
  • Professional Doctorate (Clinical Health)
  • Professional Doctorate (Engineering)
  • Professional Doctorate (Health, Social Care and Nursing)
  • Professional Doctorate (Justice Welfare and Policy)
  • Professional Doctorate (Public Policy and Management)

Professional Doctorate study takes the form of five one-week, campus based teaching blocks in January, April and September of your first year and January and May of your second year. The remainder of the course is built around independent, applied research undertaken in your own work environment.

The course consists of:

  • Professional Development module (M level 45 credits)
  • Group Negotiated Study module (M level 15 credits)
  • Research Methods module (M level 60 credits)
  • Project Design, Development and Management module (D level, 60 credits)

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.


Visit the Professional Doctorate Framework page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

1st class or 2:1 honours degree or a Masters degree in a relevant field and normally a minimum five years’ work experience in a relevant field.

Course Fees

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status



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