Professional Practice Doctorates – Blog to Blog

HEFCE blog

Fantastic meeting our new PhD and DPP candidates this week, participating with colleagues in our “Developing Research: Principles and Practice” module. Coincidentally, on the HEFCE Blog Robin Mellors-Bourne has written an interesting reflective post “Professional doctorates – the shape of things to come?” about the current position and future prospects for the professional doctorate in the UK. In it he considers how professional doctorate programmes have proliferated, driven by candidates who are often funding themselves and managing their commitment in their own time, without employer support. Cohorts tend to be small and programme delivery usually online, both factors influencing the sustainability of candidates’ commitment but leading to new approaches such as “meta-cohorts” involving multiple institutions.


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