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Professional Doctorate, Ph. D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Musselburgh, United Kingdom
This course is for experienced professionals working in various professional contexts. It enables the development of high level skills in the application of research, communication, leadership and consultancy in practice.


he professional doctorate is designed to produce professionals who are competent and confident in using their skills to tackle emergent problems in their professional practice, and to develop practice to meet the demands of the 21st century. You will be creating, conceiving, developing and undertaking doctoral projects that require a strong emphasis on individually determined learning and self-directed study. The focus of the learning is on collaborative enquiry, shared learning, individual learning, individual exploration and mutual challenge and support where you and your supervisors relate as professional equals. Emphasis is placed on facilitated learning to enable you to develop detailed, analytical leading edge and lateral ways of thinking that enhance your critical insights into professional and work-based issues. Autonomy of learning is promoted through registration of a doctoral learning plan devised by you with reference to your own learning requirements.There are nine doctoral titles available across the University and you select the most appropriate at doctoral research module stage.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is no deadline for Professional Doctorate applications.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Full-time: 3 – 4 years

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Part-time: 6 – 8 years

  • Credits
    540 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure


  • Theory and Context of Professional Practice (work-based learning module) (
  • Development and Evaluation of Professional Practice (work-based learning module) 
  • Doctorate Research 
  • Thesis 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Application form and personal statement
  • As part of your application you will need to submit to us:
  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts
  • Two letters of reference (one of which must be academic) and both signed, dated and written on letter headed paper or sent to us from a professional email account, Yahoo, Hotmail etc. will not be accepted

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Home / EU: Part time £2300 per year
  • International: Part time £5625 per year


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