Professional Doctorate Awards in the UK

Kathryn Brown

Head of the Graduate School, Leeds Beckett University

Carlton Cooke

Professor of Sport and Exercise Science in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University

The purpose of this 2010 report is to give an informed update on the position in the UK of the professional doctorate.

Typically the professional doctorate has been purposefully adapted to suit doctoral level study in a professional field rather than academia per se. Therefore, these awards attract students who are working in a professional environment to further develop their skills, knowledge and professional practice. Additionally they play an important role in increasing collaborations between universities, business and industry and hence make a contribution to the UKs economic growth.