Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf)

The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) is a professional doctorate which integrates part-time doctoral level study with continuing professional practice. It is therefore ideal for those who wish to study at doctoral level whilst maintaining their professional commitments.

The programme is open to practitioners who should normally have a minimum of five years’ experience of undertaking a significant managerial or executive role in their professional area. The individuals who undertake this programme are senior in their field, engaged in high level tasks in complex environments.

The award of DProf is made on the successful achievement of 540 credits at Levels 7 and 8.

Key Facts

Course Length:
5 years

Scholarships and Bursaries

Wales Institute for Work-based Learning
Contact Name:
Dr Christine Patricia Davies
Contact Email:

The programme is studied part-time over approximately five years. It comprises two parts, with taught Level 7 modules in Part 1, and a doctoral-level (Level 8) work-based research project in Part 2. The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

Part One

Candidates will study the following compulsory Level 7 modules:

  • Approaches to Research and Academic Communication
  • Review of Professional Learning

The following modules will also be studied unless candidates can claim advanced standing (appropriate for those with extensive research methods training, or who have completed a Recognition of Prior Learning module):

  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Part Two

This element comprises two compulsory Level 8 modules:

  • Advanced Practitioner Research Proposal (a taught module)
  • Work-based research project (involving the production of a report of 60,000 words).

Research is focused on workplace practice, enabling advanced practitioners to undertake a doctoral programme whilst also making a significant contribution to their own professional practice as well as their organisation’s strategic development.

Assessment involves a mix of presentations, portfolio, and written reports and essays, culminating in the 60,000 word work-based research project.

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

There are no additional costs to this course.

The programme is studied part-time via a combination of residential workshops and blended learning supported by a Virtual learning Environment (VLE), and synchronous and asynchronous forms of communication. Typically, there are 2-3 four-day residential workshops per annum, and to date these have been held at the beautiful campus at UWTSD, Lampeter.

The duration of the programme is five years, though in some cases this may be reduced due to advanced standing.