Professional Doctorate (DProf)

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The University of Lincoln has successfully launched a two year distance-learning Professional Doctorate (DProf) open to accredited diplomats, personnel of the UN and associated agencies.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Professional Doctorate), which has the same status as the Doctor of Philosophy (Phd), encourages working professionals to build upon their Master’s degree and their professional experience by developing a rigorously researched and cogently argued doctoral thesis of 60,000 words.

For candidates with a Master’s degree and professional experience, the minimum period of registration is 27 months, although it is expected that the academic component of the work will be concluded within two years with the remaining two months devoted to submission and examination.

The Professional Doctorate provides candidates with the opportunity to work on a professional piece of research under the supervision of academics with specialist knowledge in the subject area of your choosing.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

You will be required to produce a 60,000 word thesis on a topic of your choice.

You can benefit from the University’s research expertise in a variety of subject areas including:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Business, Finance, Procurement and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Gender Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • English and Journalism (Communication)
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History and Heritage
  • Law (International Law)
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology and organizational psychology
  • Social and Political Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Sport and Exercise Science

For information about the University’s research activity, please visit our Research pages.

How You Study

Throughout the programme you can benefit from the support of two supervisors who have the relevant expertise in the subject area you wish to study. This experienced supervisory team can offer support and guidance on your agreed research project and monitor your progress throughout the programme. 

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. Although studying via distance and blended learning, you can have bimonthly meetings with your supervisors who will provide academic support and review your progress. For example, these meetings may be held over the phone or as a Skype call.

How You Are Assessed

A Doctorate is usually awarded based on the quality of your written thesis and your ability in an oral examination to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic. The thesis will be examined in accordance with the University’s rules regarding Professional Doctorate examinations.

How to Apply

Applications are welcome from eligible personnel of United Nations agencies and accredited diplomats, who wish to pursue a Professional Doctorate in a subject area covered by the University of Lincoln. Applicants will be required to submit an outline of their initial research proposal as part of their application for enrolment.

To apply, please download an application form‌. 

Please email your completed application to:

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have achieved a Master’s qualification in an area relevant to the proposed topic of study and have significant professional experience in a relevant context.


The Professional Doctorate can open a number of doors to advancement, but it may also offer a more public profile for the experience and understanding gained as professionals.

Key Contacts


Victoria Gedney

T: +44 (0) 1522 837028



Fees can be confirmed upon request.