Our work-based blended learning approach, with online distance learning and cohort-based workshops, gives the Professional Doctorate (DProf) the flexibility to combine doctoral level research with your full time career. Whatever your area of professional practice in science and technology we can offer supervision to guide you through your research degree. With a DProf you can expect to make a substantial contribution to the development of professional practice in your area.
We’ve designed the courses for maximum flexibility. We know that busy professionals need to fit their studies around their other commitments. Indeed, this is a requirement with this practice-led doctorate which depends on a very strong synergy between your doctoral studies and your work practice. Throughout your studies you’ll have high-quality distance learning facilities online, complementing the workshop activities. Each year there’ll be five weekend workshops and five supervisory sessions on campus where you will meet fellow professionals from many disciplines, in a critical but highly supportive setting.
The course is split into two distinct stages. In stage 1, you’ll create a research portfolio consisting of three 7,000 word papers. In stage 2 you’ll produce a 60,000 word thesis based on original research developed from Stage 1 and linked to your professional practice. You can complete your studies in 36-48 months, exiting with a Professional Masters (MProf) or the full Professional Doctorate (DProf) qualification.
We have subject specialist supervisors in the many disciplines spanned by the Faculty of Science and Technology, which include Animal and Environmental Sciences, Biomedical Science, Built Environment, Criminology, Computer Science, Engineering and Tribology, Equine Science, Forensic Science, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular biology, Psychology, Sound Engineering, Sport and Exercise Science, Sustainability, Zoology.
You’ll be part of a dynamic research community in the Faculty of Science and Technology. With our two research institutes , ARITI and the Global Sustainability Institute and our research groups within our subject departments you will be welcomed to conferences, seminars and workshops which take place regularly throughout the year.
All your subject specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
You’ll have the full support of our academic team, via a Virtual Learning Environment that puts study management tools, periodicals and other materials at your fingertips.
We make full use of Skype and Communicator for formal, face-to-face supervisory sessions and you can contact us any time to discuss the different aspects of your work.
The five workshops each year take place on-campus.
We’ll provide comprehensive research training in areas such as academic writing and publishing, research methods, subject developments, data analysis, conference skills and presentation.
You can also present your work at our annual research and scholarship conference, network with delegates from around the world and attend a variety of workshops and presentations.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
This Professional Doctorate will give you a unique, challenging and deeply rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to research an issue or problem of particular significance and relevance to your practice, demonstrating your leadership and developing your expertise.
The DProf will make a significant contribution to the development of your profession. It will add value to your organisation and will enhance your career prospects. You will expand and strengthen your professional networks and raise your profile within your professional context.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email email@example.com
You’re expected to have extensive professional experience, together with the opportunity to undertake research related to your current role and organisation. Direct entry requires a Masters degree but we offer a pre-entry Understanding Research programme for those without.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
Part-time research ()
January 2018, April 2017, September 2017
Part-time research ()
Read this institution's report