Professional Doctorate in Computing - DProf

    Course Description

    About the course

    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.


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

    Visit the Computing - DProf page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    An Honours degree of 2.ii or above (OR a Degree and substantial relevant industrial experience, or a BCS post-graduate diploma plus PGD project, OR qualifications or experience deemed by the University to be equivalent to an honours degree).


    Evidence of professional practice in an IT or Agile domain, through holding a professional position in the domain.

    Course Fees

    Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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