Wales Institute for Work Based Learning Research

WIWBL team at the launch 2

Welcome to the WIWBL Research, Projects and Consultancy web pages.

The Wales Institute for Work Based Learning has a vibrant research group meeting regularly under the chairmanship of our visiting Professor Danny Saunders. The themes of our research are:

  1. Coaching, mentoring and mindfulness – its role as a facilitator of learning and development within the workplace
  2. Supervision of the Modern Doctorate (Professional Doctorates, DBAs, Prof Docs and Industrial PhDs) – we lead an Erasmus + RA2 project SUPERProfDoc exploring best practice across Europe click here for full details
  3. The use of technology to enable learning of work based learners
  4. The impact of learning within the workplace and specifically developing WBL pedagogy to maximise that impact
  5. The impact of RPL, WBL projects and learning plan development on the development of WBL learners

Full List of publications

The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf)


The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) is a well established part-time programme for those in employment, and is an ideal way of studying at doctoral level whilst maintaining professional commitments. It allows advanced practitioners to take their practice to a higher level by developing and undertaking a major research project under supervision of the DProf faculty. The outcomes are a research thesis or report which is assessed in the same manner and to the same level as the conventional PhD but covers practitioner research in a real –life issues pertinent to the learners practice.

Entrance Requirements

The programme is open to practitioners who have at least five years’ experience of a significant professional role, and who possess an upper second class degree, and ideally a master’s degree or equivalent in addition.

Programme Delivery

The programme is studied part-time via a combination of residential workshops and blended learning supported by a Virtual learning Environment (VLE), and other forms of communication. Typically, the programme has a duration of 5 years, though this period could be shorter if candidates have qualifications/experience which allow them to apply for advanced standing (effectively, accreditation of prior learning).

Find out more about the Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf)