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    Professional Doctorate in Built Environment (Professional Doctorate)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description


    • Keep up with your professional commitments while following an achievable path to a doctorate
    • Study at a professionally accredited, world ranking School
    • An opportunity to conduct research into your own professional practice, interacting with other experienced practitioners
    • A part-time only course


    If you are an experienced property or construction professional, this course is an achievable way to gain a doctorate in a subject related to your expertise. A professional doctorate has equivalent status to a PhD, but it carries more weight for professionals, like you, who work in industry. During your time with us, you will be introduced to a step-by-step methodology which you can follow to achieve your doctorate. Your studies will take the form of distance learning supplemented by occasional workshop sessions. Consequently, the course is suitable whether you are based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or continental Europe.

    Candidates who successfully complete this programme will receive one of the following final awards (according to the subject of their thesis):

    • Doctor of the Built Environment (abbreviated to DBEnv)
    • Doctor of Real Estate (abbreviated to DRealEst)
    • Doctor of Construction Management (abbreviated to DConsMgt)


    This course is based on a distance learning model that is designed to be accessible to built-environment professionals based across Europe. To make expert guidance available when you need it, the course features a combination of e-learning support and research supervision. Distance-learning is supplemented by occasional all-day workshops held at MediaCityUK. This venue is easily accessible from Manchester International Airport and Manchester Piccadilly railway station.


    • Each of the first four credit-bearing modules are assessed by  a 5,000 word written assignment
    • The fifth credit-bearing module is assessed by a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation
    • All of the above submissions can subsequently be incorporated into the final thesis
    • The doctorate is awarded on the basis of a 70,000 to 90,000 word thesis


    You will make a significant contribution to professional practice with transferable skills in your specialist area. You will study inter-professionally with peers in a collaborative environment, strengthening networking opportunities across the property and construction disciplines.

    Increasingly, employers are looking for flexible and creative key staff who are receptive to innovation. At this stage in your career, you may be expected to have research and analytical techniques and the vision to tackle problems imaginatively and with confidence, but may have limited time or support to do so. By undertaking a professional doctorate, we will help you develop these skills. There is much published evidence demonstrating that a professional doctorate uniquely enhances personal development, stronger professional self-worth and confidence and improves career prospects and job satisfaction.

    Visit the Built Environment (Professional Doctorate) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    A master’s degree or good (2:1 or above) honours degree and a recognised professional qualification in the built environment, and a minimum of 3 years’ relevant post-qualification experience.

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