The Professional Doctorate is the same level of academic qualification as a PhD (level 8) and is designed for experienced professionals who wish to undertake a programme that is applied in nature and of practical value to their career.
The programme recognises that real-world problems inhabit a space that is dynamic, multi-faceted and complex, and acknowledges this reality by adopting a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to reflect the professional world. The programme also incorporates the concept of self-reflection, critical reflective practice, and research methodology, with a practical approach to addressing workplace issues and making a distinctive contribution to the profession.
This programme is also available on campus at Sunderland and our London base.
University of Sunderland DBA and DProf Programmes at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) in Kingston, Jamaica
The University of Sunderland is pleased to offer DBA and DProf programmes at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), an institution of higher education with academic programmes accredited to postgraduate level, by the University Council of Jamaica. University of Sunderland academic staff will visit Kingston, Jamaica to deliver the first stage of the course at UCC. In addition, qualified UCC faculty members will collaborate with University of Sunderland Directors of Study in supervising the research of doctoral candidates.
Following successful completion of all five modules, you will work independently on your chosen research topic with support from your academic supervisors. During this phase of the programme, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of optional study days that cover a variety of topics to help you with your studies.
The final submission for the Professional Doctorate is either a report together with a portfolio of supporting evidence (totalling 80,000 words) or a thesis which will normally be around 80,000 words. The exact nature of your submission is decided in discussion with your Director of Studies. All candidates must also undergo a viva voce examination.
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The normal entry requirement for a research degree is a UK honours degree (first or upper second class) or a UK Masters degree or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent.
If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking (or equivalent).
We will assess your application and research proposal to make a decision on whether to offer you a place using the following criteria:
Professional Doctorate research proposal
You will be asked to write a 2-3 page proposal that specifies the:
You must write your personal statement (included in the application form) addressing the following points:
Along with your application form, you must upload the following documents:
Without all of the above documents, we will not be able make you an offer on this programme.