The work-based Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) is aimed at Senior Practitioners engaged in health, social work or higher education. Equivalent to the traditional PhD, the DProf in Professional Practice is an innovative blend of taught modules and research projects which investigates the students own sphere of professional practice and workplace.
Studying for a DProf is a truly challenging and deeply rewarding experience, and Swansea University
provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your research studies.
A research degree in Professional Practice gives you the chance to pursue a research project based around your own passions and interests, leading to a qualification which can open the door to an academic career, boost employment prospects outside academia, or enhance your existing skill set.
The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) is the equivalent of a PhD, but differs in that it incorporates a training element along with three, theme-based, research projects which are focussed on your own practice and workplace. This means you do not need to take time out of work to upgrade your qualifications.
Key features of the Professional Practice DProf include:
Two compulsory research training modules of 30 credits each: ‘Introduction to Work-based Research in Professional Practice’ and ‘Planning Work-based Research’.
A focus on identifying, planning, implementing and evaluating three work-based research projects
Pursuing research which is of relevance to your workplace and role.
An environment in which you can develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem solving, independent thinking, project management, and critical thinking.
The support of two academic supervisors throughout your studies.
The availability of structured training, interdisciplinary seminars, dedicated research facilities and software from both the College and University.
Support from a dynamic community of research staff and students each pursuing their own lines of research.
The most recent UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in HEI’s (the Research Assessment Exercise 2008), revealed that 70% of the research carried out by the College was of international or world-leading quality. With our research into the health disciplines demonstrating outstanding quality in originality, significance and rigour, students can be assured that they will be immersed in the dynamic and supportive research culture needed for their studies.
Drawing on cutting edge research, the College of Human and Health Sciences is bringing about real-life benefits for the healthcare, social care, voluntary and private sectors, ultimately leading to improvements for patients, users, practitioners, managers and policy makers.
As a forerunner in the field, the College is well placed to respond rapidly to changes in the delivery of care, whilst also establishing links with the main service providers in Wales, such as the NHS. Our researchers are continually working to tackle the challenges facing the health and social care system across the full range of areas, from biomedical studies, service organisation, workforce practices and public health through to policy and ethics.
Currently Professional Practice students are looking at effecting change in an elderly rehabilitation service, creating, implementing and evaluating an equitable lymphoedema service in Wales.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities including:
Simulated clinical practice facilities and bioscience practice rooms, for realistic workplace experiences.
Specialised psychology laboratories hosting a sleep laboratory; computer controlled visual and auditory displays for work on perception, attention, memory and language; an eye movement laboratory; fMRI brain scanner; EEG facilities and a nutrition laboratory.
We also have access to many different facilities and further equipment at organisations that we work closely with, such as the NHS.
Other resources include:
Service Users and Carers Group which can help in providing essential advice or improving engagement between your research project and the user community.
Structured training programmes, interdisciplinary seminars from worldwide speakers, dedicated research/study facilities and specialist analytical software.
As well as being immersed in the vibrant research community of the College and its research groups, you will also be able to access wider support and advice through the research networks staff are involved in, such as,
Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience
WICN is a multi-centre initiative which draws together psychology research from across the breadth of Wales to create a world leader in the study and application of cognitive and clinical neuroscience.
Older Person and Ageing Network Cymru (OPAN)
OPAN Cymru aims to improve the lives of older people through the integration of research, policy and practice across Wales.
Welsh Health Economic Support Service (WHESS)
WHESS provides health economic support at the early conceptual stages of proposal planning, in research funding applications, in research practice and in the dissemination of information.
Delivering high quality research is a key step in enhancing the health, social and economic well-being of all sections of society. It is essential that decisions on policy and practice are informed by the latest research findings and evidence available if we hope to improve organisational effectiveness and sustainability, social welfare and cohesion, and quality of life.
Through our cutting edge research, the College of Human and Health Sciences is bringing about real-life benefits for the health care, social care, voluntary and private sectors, ultimately leading to improvements for patients, users, practitioners, managers and policy makers.
As a forerunner in the field, the College is well-placed to respond rapidly to changes in the delivery of care, whilst also establishing links with the main service providers in Wales, such as the NHS and Local Authorities.
Our research is delivered through discipline focussed research centres. In doing so, we have secured funding from a number of prestigious collaborators and funding bodies in recent years such as the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, Public Health Wales; European Union; Amgen Europe; Ministry of Defence; GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals; British Medical Association; National Institute for Social Care and Health Research; Astrazeneca; and the Wellcome Trust. These collaborations have been crucial in ensuring research informs, and is informed by, the wider healthcare environment.
Applicants for the DProf programme in Professional Practice would normally have, or be studying for a Master’s degree, however we may consider those with a first or upper second degree in a discipline related to the proposed research project. Please note that due to the nature of this programme we can only accept applications from UK based students.