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Study a Professional Doctorate at University of West London

Study a Professional Doctorate at University of West London

Starting April 2020 and September 2020, part-time

The University of West London offers a suite of Professional Doctorates, designed to meet the needs of practitioners who wish to develop evidence-based practice within their disciplinary area.

Our professional doctorates are different from many other doctoral programmes because your learning is designed to be directly applicable to your workplace. The course enables you to answer the questions facing you in your professional practice and to develop advanced research skills. By the end of your course, you will have made an original contribution to knowledge in your professional area.

Studying for a Professional Doctorate is a unique opportunity to turn your career into a qualification. Professional Doctorates are a flexible alternative to traditional PhD study and are aimed at managers and a wide range of practitioners who are experienced and who are working at senior and middle management levels of their professions. They offer the opportunity to research your area of interest and expertise while continuing to work.

We offer the following professional doctorates:

Study a Professional Doctorate at University of West London


Your study will take a variety of forms, including face-to-face and online tutorials, lectures and smaller seminars, workshops and written assignments. Each taught module is delivered over the course of a single weekend. There will be two three-day residentials in years one and two, which are compulsory. You will also be supported in your independent study and writing of your thesis by your supervisory team.

The expectation is that you will be able to dedicate approximatively 20 hours per week to your studies and complete within four to five years. You will also be encouraged to present at national and international conferences during your period of study.

How to Apply

You will need to submit an application form, including a clear supporting statement to the Graduate School, explaining the area and nature of the proposed research and practice activity, contextualising it by reference to any work already carried out by other researcher practitioners. This should outline the relevant experience/knowledge you have to demonstrate your competence in your chosen field.

If the supporting statement and other materials demonstrate an appropriate standard, you will be invited to a panel interview either in person or online where you will be able to discuss your proposal.

Study a Professional Doctorate at University of West London

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