Study mode:Part-time Languages: english Duration:36 months
Deadline: Jul 1, 2021
StudyQA ranking:281

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The linkages between research-based knowledge and its application in a wide range of professional settings are central to this Doctorate.

There are currently three pathways:

* Doctor of Education (EdD)
* Doctor of Health Studies (DHS)
* Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

The Professional Doctorate is a part-time programme which combines eight taught modules and a research thesis.

The taught modules entail three-day blocks of intensive teaching with supervised home-based study. They cover research skills training; generic topics such as evidence-based policy, professions and professionalism, equality and diversity, and public-sector management; and topics which are specialist to each of the pathways.

The research thesis may focus on any approved topic and is individually supervised by academic staff.


Qualified to Masters level in a discipline relevant to studies in education, health studies, or social work and at least two years appropriate professional experience. A score of 600 on TOEFL (250 on computer-based marking) or band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language, or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

Please note that the application deadline for this programme is the 1st July!

Supporting materials required:

Research Proposal, consisting of a word limit/suggested length of minimum of 500 and maximum of 1.500 words.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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