Professional Doctorate (Built Environment)
School - School of the Built Environment
Subject area - Built Environment
Start Dates(s): September
Professional Doctorate (five years part-time)
- Keep up with your professional commitments while following an achievable path to a doctorate
- Study at a professionally accredited, world ranking School
- An opportunity to conduct research into your own professional practice, interacting with other experienced practitioners
- A part-time only course
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):
- Doctor of the Built Environment (abbreviated to DBEnv)
- Doctor of Real Estate (abbreviated to DRealEst)
- Doctor of Construction Management (abbreviated to DConsMgt)
The School of the Built Environment within the University of Salford has been a leader in the research agenda in the industry for more than 20 years. The research arm of our School is one of the UK’s most successful, embracing themes such as information communication technology, management and the environment. Over half of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour in the most recent REF.
If you choose to complete your professional doctorate at Salford, you will become part of a community of scholars with a global reach, working in unison with learners across all levels of study and research, lifelong learning professionals and organisations committed to making a difference in the sector. We have 60 active research staff and over 240 PhD research students from all over the world undertaking research projects with us.
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.
Credit-bearing modules (Years 1 and 2)
Thesis (Years 3, 4 and 5)You will have developed many of your doctoral level research skills, and the direction and process of your research project will be well advanced by the time you enter into your third year of this course. You are also likely to have had some interaction with the wider international research community,aswell ashaving made some initial contributions to it based upon your research to date. You will be capable of making independent and critical decisions about the direction of your own research, offering criticism and insight to the contributions of your peers on the course.
The examinationOnce you and your supervisor are satisfied that your research has reached the required standard, you will submit a thesis for examination of between 70,000 and 90,000 words. Two examiners (one from within the University, one external) will read the thesis and a viva voce (oral examination) will beconvenedwhere you will be questioned about your thesis, its contents and the process and findings of your research.
This Salford professional doctorate course has been designed to enable you to deliver a defensible thesis and to confidently defend it when challenged by the examiners. You will be well-versed in self-reflection, critical thinking and research skills and will be well prepared to justifythe stepsyou have taken in developing your research and the validity of its findings.