University of Chester

University of Chester

Professional Studies

The programme is designed to facilitate the generation of original knowledge in a professional and organisational context and confer a formal award on those who succeed in generating such knowledge; the award signifies the ability to make a fresh and meaningful contribution to practice based knowledge. The distinctive features of the programme include: the ability to utilise prior learning achievements whether previously certificated or experiential in the workplace; encouragement to review the student's whole career progression; achievements and to plan for the future; engagement with deep reflection on achievements in the light of enhanced personal self knowledge; the development of expertise in areas of interest to the; colleagues and the student's organisation; personal tuition combined with extensive use of technology to bring learning materials to the student whenever they want them; a structured, progressive programme of study enabling the student to complete each stage in turn; acquisition of advanced research skills together with their application in the workplace; the programme is divided into 2 stages with students commencing their studies at Master's level; on completion of this stage, successful students can exit with a Master's in Professional Studies; students who continue on to doctoral level study and successfully complete this stage of the programme are awarded a Doctorate in Professional Studies.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper 2nd Class Honours degree and a Master's degree from a recognised university along with a minimum of 5 years experience in a position of substantial responsibility; applicants are typically invited for interview. Students need to demonstrate advanced skills in writing (through a 1,000 word (max) project proposal outlining the 'what, why and how' of a research project); and commitment to advanced continuing professional development.

Course modules

Modules include: Practitioner enquiry at doctoral level; minor and major practitioner research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include written examinations and a portfolio.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DProf Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

Key information

Graduate School
Telephone number: 
01244 511000