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Professional Doctorate

Why study a professional doctorate?

  • An achievable route for busy professionals to achieve a doctorate
  • Studied part-time with others from similar professional backgrounds
  • Reduces your study time by drawing on existing expertise
  • Distance learning, supplemented by occasional Saturday workshops

About the programme

The programme provides an accessible route for experienced property and construction professionals to gain a doctorate in a subject related to their professional expertise. It provides an induction into doctoral level research in a friendly and supportive environment where candidates study with others from similar professional backgrounds. The programme provides a logical step-by-step approach to achieving a doctorate which allows candidates to make maximum use of existing knowledge, and thereby to reduce study time. Distance learning study is supplemented by occasional workshop sessions in the university’s Media City building, making the programme suitable for professionals based throughout the UK, the Republic of Ireland or Continental Europe.


On registration you will join other members of your cohort in a single doctorate in the built environment’ programme. Successful completion of the programme entitles you to receive the Doctor of the Built Environment (DBEnv) award.

At the time of submitting your thesis you may instead elect to receive one of two alternative discipline-specific doctoral awards. Depending on the subject of your thesis you may choose to be awarded either the Doctor of Real Estate (DRealEst), or the Doctor of Construction Management (DConstMgt).

Programme structure

For full details of the modules studied, assessment details, entry requirements and more, visit the Professional Doctorate course page.


Five years part-time


For details on entry requirements, fees, and other support and advice please see our page on applying for postgraduate research degrees.