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Professional doctorate programmes are increasingly the choice of professionals in a number of fields, particularly health and education.
Professional doctorates are more structured programmes divided into two stages. This is formalised within modules which have assessment, though the number of credits and modules will vary with the programme. The final degree is awarded on the basis of a thesis which sets out the definition, purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the research project in the same way as for a PhD.
Professional doctorate programmes have a single entry each year and they are part-time programmes. The maximum period for completion is 84 months.