Research course

Professional Doctorate in Science and Technology

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have extensive professional experience in the industry, together with the opportunity to undertake research related Applicants are expected to have extensive professional experience in the industry, together with the opportunity to undertake research related to their current role and organisation. Direct entry requires a Masters degree but we offer a pre-entry Understanding Research programme for those without.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Our suite of Professional Doctorates is one of the first programmes of its kind in the UK. Specifically designed for professionals who are already working full-time in industry, this programme offers an innovative and flexible alternative to a traditional PhD.

By allowing candidates to fit their studies around their work and family life the programme enables practising professionals to utilise their expertise and experience to carry out groundbreaking research in their field at doctoral level.

This course is aimed at experienced professionals. The professional doctorate can be applied to any area in science and technology but we have particular strengths in the areas of: built environment; biological conservation; equine and sport science and forensic science.

Additional Programme Information The course can lead to a Professional Masters (MProf) (20 - 36 months) or the full Professional Doctorate (48 - 60 months) upon completion of a thesis, depending on your performance.

The programme is structured to offer candidates maximum flexibility enabling busy professionals to create a schedule that fits around their existing commitments. The programme is supported but five Saturday workshops and five supervisory sessions each year, with the rest of the programme delivered online.

The workshops allow you to present your research to a critical multi-disciplinary audience of supervisors and fellow professionals in a supportive, no-threatening environment. These workshops also provide the opportunity to build lasting relationships with other industry practitioners.

Information for international students

To apply for our postgraduate Professional Doctorates, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our International Student webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), or career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Click: for information on educational trusts, or click: for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
60 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin University Applicant Enquiries Team
+44 (0)845 271 3333