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Professional Doctorate Degrees: How Do They Differ From Conventional PhD Degrees?

Aceme Nyika
from: Postgraduate Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for PhD and Master's Students and their Supervisors (Author: Aceme Nyika). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2018) Pages: 93-96.

Abstract

Whereas the conventional PhD degree is generally meant for candidates aspiring to become academics and researchers in academic or research environments, the professional doctorate degree which has emerged recently is meant for practicing professionals who may already be in senior positions and have gained extensive experience in their fields of specialisation. Consequently, research topics for professional doctorate degrees emanate from practical professional practice and may be aimed at addressing specific practical challenges encountered in real-life settings. The same minimum requirement stipulated for a PhD, which is to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge, is applicable to professional doctorate degrees. The main difference is that the new knowledge generated should have direct relevance and applicability to the candidates' specific professional field. This article unpacks professional doctorate degrees and articulates some of the potential challenges read more ...
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