University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Sport, Exercise and Health Science

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 students to study a specific subject to the same depth as PhD students, but also to apply learning to your professional practice.

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.

Course modules

Part 1: This is the taught component of the programme, which equip students with the skills they need in preparation for Part 2. Part 1 consists of 4 units: professional review and development; advanced research techniques; publication and dissemination; proposal for professional research and development. Part 2: this is the research and professional development component. It comprises 1 or 2 pieces of practice-based research, linked with a commentary demonstrating the relevance of the research to both practice and the practitioner. The nature of this study may include pure basic research or applied research related, for example, to a management or educational setting. This should normally take between 24 and 48 months to complete. Attendance for Part 2 will only be required for tutorials, seminars and oral presentations.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be by a thesis, an oral presentation and a viva voce examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Research Team - Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2994