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The Professional Doctorate is a vehicle for advanced Continuing Professional Development, not a certificate of competence to practice. The aims of the programme are: to critically appraise the current evidential basis of teaching, learning and assessment practice to develop relevant advanced specialist research, development & dissemination skills to make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy which meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence, and is widely disseminated. The structure is of 5 Modules spread over 3 Levels. All modules are individually tailored to theinterestsexpertise of the entrant and the needs of their employer or sponsor. They are very flexible and adapted to the needs of part-time candidates. Each Level can be independently award-bearing, if candidates wish to leave with a lesser award. At Level 1, candidates undertake Research Methods Training and complete a Critical Analysis and Review of Research Literature (in their specialist area of choice). (You can exit here with a Postgraduate Diploma in advanced professional practice.) At Level 2, each candidate develops an Individualised Learning Plan for future modules. They then complete a second research module on a topic of their choice. (You can exit here with a Master?s degree in advanced professional practice.) At Level 3, there are Modules 3, 4 and 5. These are also research modules on a topic or topics of your choice. They may be related to each other or quite independent of each other. Each module is assessed by a written product of 15,000 words. Recognition of Prior Learning is possible for up to 50% of the degree, when the material for recognition has not been submitted for any other award and when it is of a high enough standard. Peer reviewed journal publications or research reports are good examples of suitable products for recognition. For further information about each of the Levels and modules please see the programme website.

The Professional Doctorate is a vehicle for advanced Continuing Professional Development, not a certificate of competence to practice. The aims of the programme are: to critically appraise the current evidential basis of teaching, learning and assessment practice to develop relevant advanced specialist research, development & dissemination skills to make a valuable and original contribution to...

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