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The award
Doctorate

How long you will study
8 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
January

International course fees
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All study options

About Social Practice at Nottingham Trent University

The Professional Doctorate in Social Practice has been designed to provide those who work in the broad area of the public, private and independent sector professions an opportunity to study part-time for a doctorate.

This professional doctorate is a part-time modular programme. The programme of study can best be viewed as a single research project that is developed in stages.

These fields of study have been drawn together by commonalties in:

  • the philosophy of public and social professions
  • the particular view of the nature of professional doctorates and professional development
  • the structure for carrying out research and completing the doctorate
  • the way in which the professional doctorate is assessed.

How you're taught

The Graduate School is committed to enhancing the quality of experience by providing a learning and teaching framework that supports independent and lifelong learners. Learning and teaching approaches are diverse and continually monitored and developed to take account of new research, external reports and through staff development.

Assessment methods

You will need to:

  • Create six formal documents that are presented as logical stages of the whole research project.
  • Partake in discussions concerning the development of your research.
  • Deliver group presentations with individual individual assessment.

We use diagnostic and formative feedback to support you in your ability to recognise strengths and weaknesses in your own research, and to negotiate targets for developing your study. All summative assessment is used to establish the level of achievement at the end of each document.

Careers and employability

There are a range of careers and career development opportunities which can result from this course. For example, the ability to be able to work with an organisation to effect transformational change. Personal and professional development and an ability to contribute to professional practice would also be part of the programme.

Facilities

As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardDoctorateHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study8 years
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Entry requirements

  • A Masters-level qualification in an appropriate subject
  • Or other recognised equivalent qualification
  • Two academic references
  • And / or evidence of motivation and ability to conduct research at higher degree level.

As you're applying for a Research degree, you will need to submit a statement about the subject you wish to research. Please see our Graduate School pages for more information about this.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Getting in touch

For more information, please contact the Graduate School Administrator by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8154

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