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DPsych(Prof) Programme Structure Level 7

The Doctoral Programme progresses in stages along national credit guidelines with the first stage being at Level 7 (Masters level) which can take from 12 to 18 months and the second stage being at Level 8 (Doctoral level) which can take 18 months to 4 years. The whole Programme can be accomplished between 3.25 years and 6 years. The completion time varies according to individual circumstances.

Briefing Seminars are the first step. They provide you with the opportunity to explore the programme prior to actually committing to it. Application forms can be obtained at the Briefings.

An individual interview is offered if your written application demonstrates the entry requirements and your personal and professional statement indicates the potential for doctoral research based in practice, experience, knowledge and reflexivity. The interview will focus on your own professional development, your probable pathway through the programme and a preliminary discussion regarding Recognition and Accreditation of Learning (RAL) which is the opportunity to get credits for previously completed work.

If accepted onto the Programme you will attend two half day inductions in the structure and culture of the Programme and then begin the Modules.

Core Modules
Each participant is required to complete core modules in year 1 of the Programme. These are designed to help you to prepare for and carry out a distinctive piece of research.

Review of Personal & Professional Learning
Learning Outcome: a descriptive, reflexive and critiqued argument regarding your own professional competence and doctoral potential through charting your personal and professional journey past, present and future.

Research Challenges in a Practitioner Doctorate
Learning Outcome: the demonstrated capability through a Research Journal and a draft Learning Agreement (Research Proposal) to read and critique research literature relating to practice, appreciate the importance of holding a research attitude to your practice and making an informed choice regarding research methodology.

In addition

a) if you do not have research experience at Level 7 (Masters Level), your Masters research was completed some time ago, or you have experience but wish to get started on a piece of pilot research for your final research project, you undertake a Practice Evaluation Project

b) if you do have research experience at Level 7 (Masters Level) you can submit a RAL 7. This is a written submission which critiques what you did for your Masters research and evidences that you have research capabilities at Level 7 and potential for Level 8.

Professional Knowledge Seminars
Learning Outcome: an understanding of the development of professional knowledge, how to critique it, how to use it and how to develop/reform/transform it. Attendance and participation during the whole of the Doctoral Programme comprising 1 seminar on Professional Knowledge, 6 day seminars by specialists in the field and 1 seminar on reviewing the 6 and preparing a Professional Knowledge paper. These provide you with the opportunity to engage with first hand expertise in specific subject areas; to develop professional knowledge; to experience live literature; to engage in challenging debates and discussions with experts and with your peers.

Programme Planning
Learning Outcome: the development of a Learning Agreement setting out the proposal for your planned Doctoral Project including the context of the underlying rationale for your engagement in the whole doctoral programme. You can include in this a proposal to submit a RAL 8. If you have sufficient prior work/projects already completed of doctoral standard such as a book, a series of articles, innovative and evaluated training course etc, you can apply for RAL at Level 8. A successful RAL 8 will reduce the size of the final project.

Programme Approval Panel
You submit a written Learning Agreement and orally present it to this Panel for approval. After acceptance of the Learning Agreement you move into Level 8 of the programme which is the carrying out of your project work/research at a doctoral level.