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If you’re an experienced property or construction professional, this course is an achievable way to gain a doctorate in a subject related to your expertise. A professional doctorate has equivalent status to a PhD, but it carries more weight for professionals, like you, who work in industry. During your time with us, you’ll be introduced to a step-by-step methodology which you can follow to achieve your doctorate. Your studies will take the form of distance learning supplemented by occasional workshop sessions. Consequently, the course is suitable whether you are based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or continental Europe.

Candidates who successfully complete this programme will receive one of the following final awards (according to the subject of their thesis):

• Doctor of the Built Environment (abbreviated to DBEnv)
• Doctor of Real Estate (abbreviated to DRealEst)
• Doctor of Construction Management (abbreviated to DConsMgt)

Key benefits:

• Keep up with your professional commitments while following an achievable path to a doctorate
• Study part-time via distance learning with others from similar professional backgrounds
• Reduce your study time by drawing on existing sources of expertise

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/professional-doctorate-built-environment

Suitable for

Experienced property and construction professionals with a demonstrable aptitude for academic study, and a desire to influence professional practice through research.

Programme details

Professional doctorates are as rigorous as traditional doctorates (for example PhDs), but cater specifically for professional practitioners with many years’ experience in their field. You will be provided with the tools for making maximum use of your existing professional knowledge in an academic context, and with the key academic skills that are required for success at doctoral level.


This course is based on a distance learning model that is designed to be accessible to built-environment professionals based across Europe. To make expert guidance available when you need it, the course features a combination of e-learning support and research supervision. Distance-learning is supplemented by occasional all-day workshops held at a central-Manchester venue. This venue is easily accessible from Manchester International Airport and Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

Module titles

• Academic and Professional Knowledge in the Built Environment
• Knowledge Development through Reflective Practice
• Practice-Based Theoretical Study
• Research Approaches and Methodologies in Built Environment Practice
• Preliminary Practice-Based Investigation


• Each of the first four credit-bearing modules are assessed by a 5,000 word written assignment
• The fifth credit-bearing module is assessed by a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation
• All of the above submissions can subsequently be incorporated into the final thesis
• The doctorate is awarded on the basis of a 70,000 to 90,000 word thesis

Career potential

There’s significant evidence to show that a professional doctorate will contribute to your personal development and professional confidence, and boost your career prospects and job satisfaction. Additionally, the course will lead to valuable networking opportunities across the property and construction sector

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the Prof Doc Professional Doctorate (Built Environment) page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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