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 part-time via distance learning with others from similar professional backgrounds
- Reduce your study time by drawing on existing sources of expertise
- 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)
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)By the time you reach the start of year 3 many of your doctoral-level research skills will be in place, and the direction and process of your research project will already be well-advanced. You are also likely to have had some interaction with the wider international research community and, based on your research to date, to have made some initial contributions to it. You will be capable of making independent and critical decisions about the direction of your own research, and offering criticism and insights into the contributions of your peers on the course.
The nature and scale of the remainder of the research task will vary from candidate to candidate. It may, for example, involve supplementing existing areas of work with other related work. Or perhaps it will involve a more detailed study in one aspect addressed during the dissertation. It might involve engagement with an additional body of literature whose significance has only recently come to light, or maybe involve an empirical study. Equally, some candidates will have decided to make more extensive use of the principles of reflective practice and decide to extend their work by drawing on their existing experience in a more ethnographic style of research. The range of possibilities is infinite, and the direction taken will be a matter for each individual candidate in partnership with their supervisor.
The examinationOnce you and your supervisor are satisfied that the 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 the University's own academic staff and one from another university) will read the thesis and a viva voce (oral examination) will then be convened where you will be questioned about its contents, the process and the findings of the 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 justify the steps you have taken in developing your research and the validity of its findings.