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Doctorate in Professional Studies

Course Description

A professional doctorate is designed for those who remain committed to their chosen career, but who wish to bring to it the skills of research, analysis and reflection that are best learnt in a University environment. The programme is designed to use the experience and questions that students bring from their professional life, and to support them in thinking about them. This means that by the end of their studies they should have produced a substantial piece of original research and contributed something unique to the knowledge-base of their profession. The structure of the award is designed to give the student substantial, structured support as they return to study and while they are developing their own research ideas, through a range of taught modules and through the opportunity to share experience with other students. This provides a firm base for the research project and the writing of their thesis. The option of a Masters in Research Methods (MRes) for those wishing to complete the taught elements.

Visit the Doctorate in Professional Studies page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

• A Masters degree from a recognised university in a relevant subject, which must normally have a dissertation marked at least as a ‘merit’• Significant relevant professional experience in your chosen field• IELTS score 7 or above Write a supportive statement of 1500 words summarising the research you would like to undertake and you will be invited to interview. You will be interviewed by two members of staff and will be counselled on the appropriateness of the course for the particular stage of professional development.

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