Professional Doctorate (DProf)

Why do a Professional Doctorate (DProf) at Aberystwyth University?

  • The Professional Doctorate is for qualified professionals to study for a doctorate whilst remaining in employment, and to conduct doctoral level research, which may be based upon their professional practice.Candidates get involved with their supervisors from the start and together develop the research project.
  • A DProf is the professional equivalent of a PhD.
  • A structured programme, a mix between taught and research aspects, guides candidates through the research project development.
  • The research can directly benefit your organisation, resulting in organisational or policy-related change.
  • Full integration in the Aberystwyth University's research community.

Professional Doctorate (DProf)

Endorsed by Dr Paul W.T. Poon (University of Macau)
The Professional Doctorate is intended to allow qualified professionals to study for a doctorate while remaining in employment and to conduct doctoral level research, which may be based upon their profession practice.  Dr Poon stated: “The introduction of this programme is very timely and relevant to today’s society.  With combined study of academic rigour and professional practice, graduates will become change-agents in the area of their profession as well as in their community."