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Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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  • Qualification

    DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

  • Location

    Carmarthen Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 years

Course summary

The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) integrates part-time doctoral-level study with continuing professional development and is an ideal way of obtaining a doctorate whilst maintaining professional commitments.

The UWTSD programme is one of the few generic DProf programmes in existence worldwide and is uniquely placed to cater for a wide range of professional backgrounds and research topics. The taught Part 1 involves study in a supportive group environment, another unique and valuable aspect of the programme.

Part 1 of the programme helps candidates review their professional learning and build research skills. Part 2 provides support for a major research project focusing on as aspect of candidates’ professional practice.

Course Overview

The Programme comprises two main parts. Part 1 (180 credits; duration approx. 2 years, part-time) involves the study of six level 7 modules. This review your existing professional learning, provide research skills and prepare you for Part 2 research. Part 2 of the programme (360 credits; duration approx. 3-4 years, part-time) focuses on a major work-based research project leading to the production of a 60,000-word thesis.


Each module has its own assessment element involving a mix of presentation, portfolio, and written reports or essay. At the end of Part 2, it is expected that candidates will have produced a 60,000-word thesis based on their research project which should contribute both to individuals’ professional practice and the strategic development of their organisations. Once the thesis has been examined and approved, candidates will have achieved 540 credits and the DProf qualification, along with the title of ‘Dr’.

Career Opportunities

All DProf candidates are in employment. The programme is often undertaken because it constitutes a major form of continuous professional development, and enhances career progression.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 32,050overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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  • Campus address

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3EP, Wales

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    109th out of 123 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    113 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%


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