Succesful applicants are normally required to: Be Chartered Occupational Psychologists or in the final stages of achieving Chartered status or its EU equivalent. Have experience as a professional who might be able to meet the requirements of the doctorate based on work already completed. Provide evidence of an ability to conduct organisationally relevant and ethically sound research. Selection will take into account the applicant's overall performance at Bachelors and/or Masters level and in specific respect to attainments in research methods courses. Applicants will be required to submit a suitable research/work proposal and evidence of a suitable organisational setting. Availability of suitable supervisory staff will also be a factor in selection.
Months of entry
You are helped to plan and conduct conceptually sound and ethically acceptable research, within the scientist-practitioner framework. You have access to the University's facilities such as the library, computers and video suites, although it is expected most research will be conducted in your own organisation or work setting.
Whilst individuals may be directed, where appropriate, to take selected modules from the School’s relevant Masters Courses, the programme itself consists of work towards the doctoral thesis only. This is structured according to set criteria for specified thesis components, which include a case study and an intervention process analysis that are typically examples from the candidate’s own professional practice. Furthermore, the thesis consists of a substantial empirical study and a critical literature review. A Prologue and Epilogue tie the thesis components together, highlighting both the overarching theme of the thesis and the reflective process of professional development that has been undertaken by the practitioner researcher. The expected word count for each of the thesis components is as follows:
- Prologue – 1000 to 1500 words,
- Case Study 6000 words (if two linked cases each 3000 words)
- Intervention Process Analysis – 5000 words
- Critical Literature Review – 5000 words
- Empirical Research Project – 25000 words
- Epilogue – 1000 to 1500 words
Applicants who seek to fulfil the requirements of the doctorate based on work already completed can do so in respect of all components except the critical literature review.
The award of Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is conferred after formal submission of the complete doctoral thesis and its successful defence at the viva voce examination. The examination of the thesis is conducted by examiners that are independent of the supervisory team.
Information for international students
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
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Course contact details
- Admissions Office
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