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Professional Doctorate student Fearghal Tucker (centre, kneeling) from the University of Portsmouth working in Sierra Leone in the fight against ebola.
The report provides an overview of the current landscape of professional doctorates across higher education institutions in England [Note 1]. Over the last five years, the number of institutions providing professional doctorates has grown, as has the number of professional doctorate programmes. Provision is in four main subject areas: education, business, psychology, and health and social care.
A highlight of the report is the positive impact of professional doctorates reported by successful candidates, coupled with strong development of more reflective practice and evidence-based professionalism, which is valued by some employers.
The report also finds that:
The report recommends that sector bodies and institutions develop a more strategic basis for provision of professional doctorates. Furthermore, it reaffirms equivalence between professional doctorate and PhD qualifications, highlighting the importance of the research context and the impact requirements on professional practice.