The Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) programme is studied on a part time basis and enables advanced practitioners to develop their professional knowledge at doctoral level, benefiting both individuals and their organisations or professional fields.
Suitable candidates will be able to use their current knowledge and abilities to develop interests and become change-makers within their communities of practice and within their professional areas. They might be working in a business, community or voluntary organisation; or they might be part of a group undertaking an award as part of their staff development, sponsored by an employer or other funding source.
Currently more than 350 candidates are studying for the DProf. They are advised by the WBLRC team, senior professionals in their specialist areas and staff in the international centres run by the Institute for Work Based Learning (IWBL).The transdisciplinary programme is constantly expanding and developing to meet candidates' requirements.
Some of the DProf programmes are jointly supervised with colleagues in partner institutions, under joint validation university regulations. These are: DProf (Organisational Change) in partnership with Ashridge Business School and DProf Muslim Contributions to Intercultural Understanding in partnership with Islamic College.
For people working in the third sector another route to the professional Doctorate is available through our collaboration with Good Work Academy.
The Doctorate in Professional Studies by Public Works (DProf Public Works) is for high achieving professional practitioners who already have a substantial amount of outputs in the public domain which influence practice and contribute to knowledge (public works). These individuals will be considered by their peers to be innovators and opinion leaders. What is distinctive about the DProf by Public Works offered by the IWBL is that it is open to all professional areas as the focus is defined by the candidate's particular work context and area of activity and their own unique area of interest. This may be located within a profession or sector, or may be more individual in nature. The approach is inter-professional and cuts across disciplines (trans-disciplinary) even where candidates have strong roots in a particular profession or occupation. The public works can be in various forms from published works in the traditional sense to other embodied expressions of knowledge. Examples include the preparation of computer programmes, scholarly works, edited texts, specialist reports prepared for government departments and other public bodies, translations, collections of artefacts, videos, photographic records, musical scores, and diagrammatic representations. (Please refer to our case studies listed under the case studies tab)