Research course

Doctor of Professional Practice

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate masters degree. Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject. Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Doctorate is awarded to a candidate who, having critically investigated and evaluated an approved organisation-centred topic resulting in a fundamental advance in organisation-centred performance, or professional practice topic resulting in a fundamental advance in theory and practice, and demonstrated an understanding of appropriate research methods, has presented and defended a thesis, by viva voce, to the satisfaction of the examiners.

Professional Doctorates are designed to encourage practising professionals to pursue formal qualifications through in-depth research related to activities performed in the workplace. These programmes are an emerging part of the postgraduate and professional portfolio of BU.

There are no taught units resulting in the course being very flexible, there are four elements to the course:

  • Research
  • Practice development
  • Literature review
  • Personal narrative

Information for international students

If you are a non-EU student, you may be required to pay a deposit in order to secure your place. This deposit must be paid within four weeks of receipt of the offer or by enrolment if the enrolment date is less than four weeks from the offer being made.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further details of fees and funding opportunities, please contact our askBU Enquiries Team.

From time to time we offer fully-funded PhD studentships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months

Course contact details

Future Students Enquiry Team
01202 961916