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  • Qualification

    DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

  • Location

    Preston Campus

  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date

    DEC-21, MAR-22, JUN-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Our Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (DProf) provides an opportunity for those working in performance related roles to complete a PhD equivalent programme of study focused on career-based needs and aspirations.

This is an exciting and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focused award to a broad range of professionals working in high performance domains. Applications are especially welcome from those working in sports coaching, sports science, strength and conditioning, psychologists, analysis, medical practitioners, the military, police, and fire and rescue.

Study is designed specifically around students’ professional work, with the aim of enhancing professional practice or progression in their chosen performance environment.

At the outset of this course you’ll formulate a detailed personal development plan (PDP) which will outline what you want to achieve on this course and how you’ll be able to apply what you learn to your professional environment and the world of elite performance.

You’ll explore the factors which affect and enable elite performance and equip yourself with the skills, knowledge and techniques needed to undertake research projects within your professional field which will contribute to advancements in understanding and practice.

You’ll engage in a process of reflective development which will enable you to enhance your own professional practice and performance. The approach taken in the programme reflects current thinking on this type of award, being more a matter of guidance and mentoring than a simple knowledge transfer process.

Learning and assessment

The majority of student learning is achieved through guided reading, with subsequent supported synthesis and discussion through formal (with your supervisor) and informal (with peers) methods.

Assessments vary, are agreed with your supervisor and can be via professional and academic reports, case studies, a personal development plan, a learning diary, presentation and a final piece of research.

Towards the end of the course you’ll undertake a dissertation which will involve designing, conducting, analysing and interpreting the results of a scientific investigation which relates to a particular aspect of your professional practice. Your final thesis, forming the second part of your programme of study, is your chance to design, conduct, analyse and interpret the results of a substantial investigation linked to your professional practice.

Further information

If you think you’ve already covered some of the modules on this programme, you may be able to make a claim for accreditation of prior learning. Find out more by contacting the course leader and our APL Coordinator. They can also advice on existing MSc/MA/PG Dip awards and how they relate to specific modules. Students can also exit with PGDip awards.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,500per year

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

University information

University of Central Lancashire

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  • Campus address

    University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    42nd out of 85 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    125 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%



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