Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University


The programme of study can best be viewed as a single research project that is developed in stages; these fields of study have been drawn together by commonalties in the philosophy of: public and human service professions; particular view of the nature of professional doctorates and professional development; structure for carrying out research and completing the doctorate; the way in which the professional doctorate is assessed; the aims of the programme are to provide students with an opportunity to explore both the complex relationships between knowledge, theory and practice, and also the intricate nexus of understanding the world and changing it; to develop students ability to design and implement a research project at the boundaries of knowledge of their professional and educational fields; to provide students with an opportunity to develop their judgement, foresight and problem analysis by applying theoretical and philosophically tuned forensic skills to the research material derived from their investigations; in addition it provides students with the opportunity to develop as both reflective and reflexive practitioners who have the intellectual and personal adaptability to be able to deal with the complexities of organisational change and ambiguity; to develop communication skills which enables participants to communicate effectively with both academics and practitioners from the world of education and the communities in which people live, and to act as mediators between the constituencies involved; in order to meet these aims the programme of study has been structured around the process of research.

Entry requirements

A Master's level qualification awarded by an approved university in an appropriate subject, or equivalent; an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence judged by the school as satisfactory indication of potential to conduct research at higher degree level.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Part-time £ 2,600 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
Professional Doctorate Part-time £ 8,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus Nottingham NG11 8NS East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0115 848 4200