Professional Doctorates

What is a Professional Doctorate?

Professional doctorates allow those working in education or faith-based communities to do research that will expand knowledge in their profession and develop their professional practice. The subject areas covered by our four awards reflect a wide variety of subjects and methodological expertise among our staff: Education (EdD), Ministry (DMin)Religion (DRel) Applied Linguistics (DAppLing) and Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy).

The programme (delivered at doctoral level throughout) combines four taught modules and the completion of a research thesis. The taught elements of the programme allow a more corporate and collegiate-style of learning than is usually possible when studying for a traditional PhD. We accept new professional doctorate students on the 1st of January each year. We strongly recommend that applicants make their applications as early as possible, and by the 1st November at the latest to meet the January start deadline.

Programme Structure

These programmes are taught part-time over a period of four to six years, and are divided into two stages:

Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2): compulsory taught modules delivered over a four-day teaching block, one in February and one in May, coinciding with local school half-terms:

Module 1: Identifying and articulating issues in professional practice
Module 2: Contextualising issues in professional practice
Module 3: Researching issues in professional practice
Module 4: Influencing and impacting on issues in professional practice

Each module is assessed by a written piece of work of around 8000 words.

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4): research thesis, a four day residential element once a year and individual supervision from a team of experts.

The thesis is based on an original piece of research and is around 50,000 words.

Entry Requirements

Applied Linguistics

Admission to the programme will be decided by an interview panel, and no candidates will be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience. The normal minimum entrance qualifications for the Professional Doctorate in Applied Linguistics are:

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences.
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience.

All candidates must also currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award, or have previous experience of working in a professional role. The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview.

Counselling Psychology

To be eligible for entry to the programme, students will normally have:

  • A good honours degree which confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)* with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or other undergraduate degree with relevant conversion course. This would normally be a minimum of 2:1 in Psychology; applicants with a lower degree but supplemented by additional postgraduate study or relevant experience may also be considered. 
  • A satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure.
  • A commitment to undertake personal therapy and clinical supervision.

*The evidence for GBC would normally be in the form of a letter from the BPS confirming that you have been granted GBC. If you are unsure whether your undergraduate degree confers GBC then please check with the BPS website under the list of accredited programmes.

Education

Admission to the programme will be decided by an interview panel, and no candidates will be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience. The normal minimum entrance qualifications for the EdD will be:

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience

All candidates must also currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award. The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview.

Ministry

Admission to the programme will be decided by an interview panel, and no candidates will be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience. The normal minimum entrance qualifications for the Professional Doctorate Ministry are:

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences.
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience

All candidates must also currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award. The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview.

Religion

Admission to the programme will be decided by an interview panel, and no candidates will be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience. The normal minimum entrance qualifications for the Professional Doctorate Religion are:

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences.
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience

All candidates must also currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award. The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you need to take an  accepted by the University.

Fees and Funding

Details of fees, which are revised annually, can be found on our website at Tuition Fees.

For information on available funding check the Funding Advice pages or contact fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk and 01904 87(6939).

You may also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

How to Apply

All applications are made via our Online Application System. Read our application guidelines for more information.

Please read these carefully and note the requirement for a personal statement rather than a research proposal.

To apply, please click the 'Professional Doctorates' tab on our Application Links webpage, which will connect you to the relevant online application system.

General queries can be made to: ProfD@yorksj.ac.uk 

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