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Professional doctorate programmes

The Faculty offers two professional doctorates: a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and a Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DHSC).

These professional doctorates are programmes of advanced study and research, with a focus on valuing professional practice and engaging in applied research. The programmes offer you the chance to enhance your professional career to doctoral level, through making a unique and original contribution to your profession, while continuing to work and progress in your field.

The programmes are flexible part-time degrees structured in two stages. It provides you with the opportunity to develop as a professional researcher, to develop skills and competence in a range of areas, including research skills and techniques, research environment, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and team working, and career management. The programmes will also enable you to develop your theoretical understanding and practical application of contemporary research methods to your professional practice.

If you would like to discuss an idea that you may have for postgraduate research before submitting an application please email the Student Enquiries team (WELS-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk).