Research course

Project Management

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either i) a First class UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD or iii) equivalent international qualifications.

In addition, applicants will need to demonstrate that their research project has a strong business case and seek buy-in and sponsorship at senior executive level in their respective organisations. We also expect applicants to have significant professional work experience in their chosen domain.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the Professional Doctorate Programme is to develop the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and scholarship. At the end of the programme, candidates will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in general, and to their workplace specifically. The results of this research shall then be presented/collated in a thesis or other appropriate form at a standard/quality in keeping with peer-reviewed publications.

To achieve this aim, candidates will demonstrate an ability to meet the intended learning outcomes:

  • To discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original research and/or scholarship of publishable quality which satisfies peer review;
  • To present and defend research outcomes which extend the forefront of a discipline or relevant area of professional practice;
  • To demonstrate systematic and extensive knowledge of the subject area and expertise in generic and subject/professional skills;
  • To take an independent, proactive and self-reflective role in working
  • To develop professional relationships with others where appropriate;
  • To independently and proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to design, develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
  • To critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and/or professional practice;
  • To develop advanced levels of interests and informed decisions about a discipline and/or professional practice;
  • To develop advanced levels of independent design and management of their learning activities;
  • To clearly communicate their research findings and conclusions, and;
  • To make an original contribution to their chosen field.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProf
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44 (0)161 275 4345