If you are an experienced property or construction professional, this course is an achievable way to gain a doctorate in a subject related to your expertise. A professional doctorate has equivalent status to a PhD, but it carries more weight for professionals, like you, who work in industry. During your time with us, you will be introduced to a step-by-step methodology which you can follow to achieve your doctorate. Your studies will take the form of distance learning supplemented by occasional workshop sessions. Consequently, the course is suitable whether you are based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or continental Europe.
Candidates who successfully complete this programme will receive one of the following final awards (according to the subject of their thesis):
Professional doctorates are as rigorous as traditional doctorates (for example PhDs), but cater specifically for professional practitioners with many years’ experience in their field. You will be provided with the tools for making maximum use of your existing professional knowledge in an academic context, and with the key academic skills that are required for success at doctoral level.
You will be working on your research project from the moment you enrol on the course under the direction of an experienced research supervisor. However, during the first two years your studies will be structured into a number of credit-bearing taught modules, assessed by coursework. Successful completion of these modules allows you to progress to the final three years of the course, where you will rework and expand the written work produced during the first two years into a doctoral thesis.
Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s APL/APEL procedure.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
Experienced property and construction professionals with a demonstrable aptitude for academic study, and a desire to influence professional practice through research.
You will be an experienced practitioner in one of the property and construction professions who is seeking a further challenge from that provided in your current career. You are likely to have a desire to change an aspect of practice, or to lead developments in a particular field. You will need to have strong academic abilities and written communication skills, and the motivation and self-discipline to undertake a significant programme of part-time study over a prolonged period of time.
This course is based on a distance learning model that is designed to be accessible to built-environment professionals based across Europe. To make expert guidance available when you need it, the course features a combination of e-learning support and research supervision. Distance-learning is supplemented by occasional all-day workshops held at a central-Manchester venue. This venue is easily accessible from Manchester International Airport and Manchester Piccadilly railway station.
This course is led by Dr Paul Chynoweth, a building surveyor and lawyer, and a prominent member of the international built environment research community. He is the editor of the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, and director of the international CIB Working Commission (W113) on Law & Dispute Resolution in Construction and Property. He has published extensively in the fields of party walls, rights to light and built environment research. His many publications include The Party Wall Casebook and (with others) the bestselling student textbook, Law and the Built Environment.
You will make a significant contribution to professional practice with transferable skills in your specialist area. You will study inter-professionally with peers in a collaborative environment, strengthening networking opportunities across the property and construction disciplines.
Increasingly, employers are looking for flexible and creative key staff who are receptive to innovation. At this stage in your career, you may be expected to have research and analytical techniques and the vision to tackle problems imaginatively and with confidence, but may have limited time or support to do so. By undertaking a professional doctorate, we will help you develop these skills. There is much published evidence demonstrating that a professional doctorate uniquely enhances personal development, stronger professional self-worth and confidence and improves career prospects and job satisfaction.
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