Professional Doctoral Degrees

Professional doctorates are equivalent to a PhD but have a focus on a specific professional context
Our Professional Doctorate Degrees

Professional Degrees for Professionals

These programmes are designed for professionals in the public, private, and third sectors. As with any other research degree, you will need to produce a piece of original research; with a professional doctorate though that research is informed by your own professional practice and will usually seek to develop understanding that contributes to professional practice more broadly.

You will therefore need to have an interest in your professional context and be able to explore this through a structured research programme leading to you making an original contribution to understanding of that professional context.

A Different Kind of Research Degree

Like any other research degree you will, with the advice and guidance of your personal supervisor, take responsibility for planning and managing your own research and for making an original contribution to knowledge within your professional context. The key difference is that your research will be informed by, and ultimately contribute to, your professional practice context rather than a specific academic context.

Another key difference in the format of professional doctorates is that you will be required to undertake a greater number of research training and discipline-specific modules. Through these modules you will develop your understanding of theoretical issues relevant to your professional context and begin thinking about what you want to look at in your research and how you will do this.

Recognised Internationally

Professional doctorates in the UK are equivalent to a PhD and holders are regarded as “doctors” and carry the title with it.

The UK professional doctorate is an internationally recognised and respected academic qualification and many of our professional doctorate graduates come from outside the European Union. Employers across the world recognise and value the quality of a UK university education; however, it is up to the student to ensure that their potential employers in their respective countries recognise the professional doctorate qualification. Students may need to obtain equivalency certification at their own expense in order for their degree to be recognised outside of the European Union.

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