Research course

Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science

Institution
University of Portsmouth · Department of Sport and Exercise Science
Qualifications
ProfDoc

Entry requirements

A master's degree in an appropriate subject and a suitable workplace environment to support the professional research and development project. Applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Professional Doctorate is an alternative pathway to a doctorate qualification. It is a rigorous programme of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of commerce, industry and professional groups and is the professionally oriented counterpart to the more theoretical PhD. It enables you to study a specific subject to the same depth as PhD students, but also to apply learning to your professional practice.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

The Faculty of Science offers a suite of Professional Doctorates. You will be supervised by experienced researcher-practitioners with extensive applied experience.

On this course you will:

  • Gain advanced research skills through the completion of a doctoral level programme of research
  • Be supervised by staff who have a wealth of experience in research and applied practice in sport, exercise and health science
  • Develop advanced ethical, communication, and consultancy competencies in applied sport, exercise and health science practice

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

On a personal level, successful completion of the Professional Doctorate will offer personal fulfilment, professional development, career enhancement and encourage reflective practice.

The programme enhances personal development planning for continuing professional development. It encourages an advanced level of critical, analytical, debating and publishing skills, plus knowledge of the range of different research methods encountered in professional practice. Further to this, you will have the opportunity to research, with appropriate supervision, a professional issue/topic to generate findings and/or implications for the improvement of you own, or others delivery of that profession. As such, the benefits of the qualification extend to the broader organisation and profession.

Across many organisations (e.g. professional bodies for sport, exercise and health; NHS), a Professional Doctorate is now viewed as a necessary academic qualification for attaining higher level posts.

Qualification and course duration

ProfDoc

part time
72 months

Course contact details

Phone
023 9284 2994