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Professional Doctorate

Time limit: 365 days
40 credits

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£3,000 Enroll

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Professional doctorate is sometime known as “while-you-work doctorate” and it is an internationally recognized qualifications designed for working professionals in the private and public sectors with an active interest in work-based research. Unlike the usual PhD, professional doctorate is an opportunity to combine your professional practice and a research degree. This means you will complete your doctorate by conducting research associated to your current institute and gain the highest level of skills and knowledge while continuing your career.

Our Doctorate Programmes

  • Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)
  • Doctorate in Health Sciences (DHealthSci)
  • Doctorate in Medical Imaging ( DMedImaging)
  • Doctorate in Nursing (DNursing)
  • Doctorate in Sports Medicine ( DSMed)
  • Doctorate in Social Work (DSwork)
  • Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH)


£3000 per year for 2022/2022 academic year. Resubmission fee is £1200. Please note that fees increases by about 4% each year

How to apply

Before applying, contact the Admission Secretary about any of our professional doctorate courses. You must submit the following:

  • A personal Statement
  • An outline of the research topic
  • Proof of your degrees and grades
  • Details of 2 referees or 2 references on official headed letter, one of which should be an academic reference
  • Proof of English language proficiency in case  English is not your first language
  • A recent copy of your CV

Application can be made directly from the respective course page.

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Assessment will be through coursework, final assessment via doctoral level, research-based thesis, and viva voce.


The main requirements for Professional Doctorate is the submission and viva defence of a 80,000 to 100,000 worded  thesis paper for review and evaluation by the institute’s academic committee. In some circumstance, previously published work can be counted towards professional doctorate.  Several 20 to 35 pages report based on textbooks may also be required to complete credit towards a doctorate degree.  The Professional doctorate degree thesis will be defended in front of a minimum of four members of the AHRO academic committee and one external member invited by the Office of the Inspector General.