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DProf Project Management / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Prof Management
72 months Part Time
Entry requirements
The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either i) a First class UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD or iii) equivalent international qualifications.

In addition, applicants will need to demonstrate that their research project has a strong business case and seek buy-in and sponsorship at senior executive level in their respective organisations.  We also expect applicants to have significant professional work experience in their chosen domain.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of our research programmes, please submit the following documentation so that we can consider your application:

1. Online Application Form in which you should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research. We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

2. Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official translation.

3. CV summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. Include any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work, experience of presenting your work at conferences and list any research you have published.

4. Research Proposal outlining your research project. You should include the following details:

  • Include your research title
  • Explain the importance of your research in the context of current knowledge
  • Clearly identify the objectives of the research
  • Explain the methodology to be employed
  • Demonstrate that you have the appropriate abilities to conduct the research
  • Literature review (an indication of the kind of books you will need to read and review as part of the research)

Once we have received this documentation, your application will be reviewed.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The aim of the Professional Doctorate Programme is to develop the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and scholarship.  At the end of the programme, candidates will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in general, and to their workplace specifically.  The results of this research shall then be presented/collated in a thesis or other appropriate form at a standard/quality in keeping with peer-reviewed publications.

To achieve this aim, candidates will demonstrate an ability to meet the intended learning outcomes:

  • To discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original research and/or scholarship of publishable quality which satisfies peer review;
  • To present and defend research outcomes which extend the forefront of a discipline or relevant area of professional practice;
  • To demonstrate systematic and extensive knowledge of the subject area and expertise in generic and subject/professional skills;
  • To take an independent, proactive and self-reflective role in working
  • To develop professional relationships with others where appropriate;
  • To independently and proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to design, develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
  • To critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and/or professional practice;
  • To develop advanced levels of interests and informed decisions about a discipline and/or professional practice;
  • To develop advanced levels of independent design and management of their learning activities;
  • To clearly communicate their research findings and conclusions, and;
  • To make an original contribution to their chosen field.

Open days

Our next Postgraduate Research Open Day will take place in the autumn. For  further information , please see the university website. In the meantime we would encourage you to take an online tour of our facilities and hear from some of our current students and staff on our  Virtual Open Day .

If you have any other questions about the School or about our research programmes please do not hesitate to contact us at:


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £11,500

Contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44 (0)161 275 4345
See: About Us .

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