PhDs in Applied Sciences & Professions

Applied professions, or vocational professions, refer to disciplines that focus on offering a particular set of skills for a specific type of occupation. These types of studies usually provide necessary practical knowledge and training for graduates to succeed in the chosen subject. As opposed to broader scientific studies, applied professions focus more on practical training rather than on theory and conceptual knowledge.

Applied sciences converts knowledge belonging to natural sciences and applies it into real world practice. Examples include engineering disciplines, based on knowledge from physics and mathematics, or medical disciplines based on the science of biology. Programmes in applied sciences usually offer highly specialised technical degrees. Disciplines included in the applied professions field include: design, fashion, emergency management, consumer science, food science, library science, museum science, and more.

Although initially part of the non-academic spectrum, applied professions are starting to be recognised in higher education settings, providing credit for prior learning as well as stand-alone degree programmes at undergraduate or post-graduate levels. Institutions such as polytechnics, universities, or community colleges typically provide applied professions education. Students of applied professions programmes will gain skills they can apply to solve problems and provide solutions to a variety of situations in their chosen occupation.

Careers in applied professions include highly specialised positions in highly diversified industries such as retail, tourism, information technology, funeral services, luxury products, as well as in the traditional crafts.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Human and Social Services - Family Studies and Intervention Strategies Human and Social Services - Family Studies and Intervention Strategies, Ph. D.
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • Not specified

Make a positive impact in your community and your organization as you explore strategies to help those struggling with issues such as illness, addiction, violence, and poverty. Through virtual simulations, animated case studies, and an interprofessional approach, Walden University’s PhD in Human and Social Services program can broaden your understanding of the human services field within a global context.

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University of California, Berkeley

Social and Cultural Studies, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 72 months

The Social and Cultural Studies program has two broad areas of focus. First, SCS is dedicated to studying public schooling in its broader social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. We are particularly concerned with the impact of globalization, migration and immigration, and the changing political economy of U.S. cities on urban education in this country.

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The University of Manchester

Social Work, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 36 months

This postgraduate research programme in social work gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care.

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University of Portsmouth

Professional Doctorate in Social Work, Ph. D.
  • Oct 2017
  • EUR
  • 48 months

The University of Portsmouth was one of the first institutions to respond to the rapid changes within health and social care by offering a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care Disciplines programme. This programme started in October 2000, and has been highly successful in its delivery to these professionals. The Professional Doctorate is an alternative pathway to a doctorate qualification. It is a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of commerce, industry and professional groups and is the professionally oriented counterpart to the more theoretical PhD. It enables students to study a specific subject to the same depth as PhD students, but also allows them to apply learning to their professional practice.

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Kansas State University

Family Studies, PhD
  • Jan 2018
  • Oct 2017
  • EUR
  • Not specified

The Family Studies and Human Services department participates in the Ph.D. degree program awarded from the College of Human Ecology with a specialization in Family Studies.

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Kansas State University

Food Science, PhD
  • Jan 2018
  • Oct 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The program provides a variety of research opportunities in the field of food science. Research emphasis includes food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, sensory analysis, food processing, and food engineering. The program also provides opportunities to work with several food commodities including: cereal; dairy; meats and poultry; fruits and vegetables.

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Anglia Ruskin University

Health and Social Care, PhD
  • Feb 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Jun 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 24 months

Our Faculty currently supports almost 50 research degree students in their studies towards Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate (PrD) in Health and Social Care.

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