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Doctorate of Creative Arts (DCA)

Leeds Beckett University

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  • Qualification

    Professional Doctorate

  • Location

    Leeds Beckett University

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    OCT-22, FEB-23

  • Duration

    5 years

Course summary

WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE

A Professional Doctorate is an alternative route to gaining a doctoral qualification. As a Professional Doctorate student, you will attend sessions with peers as well as engaging one-to-one with your individual supervisors to produce an academic research-informed thesis normally relating directly to your employment.

The aim of these programmes is to find novel approaches to integrating professional and academic knowledge. Sessions are delivered throughout the first year of study. These are face-to-face and can be evenings or intensive days on campus. Alongside this you will have regular meetings with your supervisors and have the opportunity to attend other optional sessions as part of the university’s student training programme.

The course structure will vary across subjects. Common to all professional doctorates is the completion of an original piece of research. This should then be presented as a thesis and, like a traditional PhD, is examined by an expert in the chosen field.

Usually the research project will relate to real life issues concerned with professional practice. In many cases research is carried out within your own organisation and therefore the research has a positive impact on your employer.

WHO IS THIS AWARD FOR?

A Professional Doctorate is aimed at professionals who may not have studied for some time but are experts in their area. The unique structure of the award supports you to ensure your academic research skills match your professional knowledge. Unlike a PhD, a professional doctorate is not training for a role in academia - although many graduates use it as a route to change their career. Most applicants are experienced or developing professional practitioners seeking to develop their academic research skills from a variety of professional settings.

HOW WILL THIS HELP MY CAREER?

This research degree will help you to evidence the necessary skills within your professional portfolio to develop your career and enhance your professional role. If you are an experienced professional seeking to develop research in an area that would impact on your employer, business practice and, potentially, policy, a Professional Doctorate is ideal. It provides you with the opportunity to join like-minded professionals and make a positive impact in your profession.

Application deadline

31 May 2022, 30 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 7,500per year

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

University information

Leeds Beckett University

  • University League Table

    110th

  • Campus address

    Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, Leeds, LS1 3HE, England

Leeds Beckett University is a global university, with an alumni community based in 153 countries around the world.
Leeds Beckett University degrees are available to study in-country in Botswana, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore and Vietnam.
International students can apply for scholarships and receive in-country application support in Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Qatar, and Vietnam.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    77th out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    106 48%

    74th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    40th

    40
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%

    32nd

    8

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