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This video in our series for doctoral students was made in cooperation with Royal Veterinary College. 

The Professional Doctorate Video -
alternatives to the PhD

'Your workplace becomes your university'
'making a guaranteed contribution to professional practice'

Through the stories of several doctoral researchers, ‘The Professional Doctorate Video’ shows the diversity of this growing field.  

The complete video is available in our  NEW  mobile app, Dr.App, or as a separate half hour video.  Ask us about a preview or purchasing a licence.

The featured examples include a teacher researching how to make school more inclusive for disadvantaged pupils, a water engineer trying to make ‘power from poo’ and a management consultant studying the training needs of the new police and crime commissioners – all as part of a doctorate. They each have different challenges in balancing the needs of an employer, a university, a research project and a professional career.

The video will help anyone supervising, starting or considering a professional doctorate to understand what they are taking on.


Produced in cooperation with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, the video is an important addition to our series for doctoral students. The Professional Doctorate Video was produced with advice from Professor John Wakeford, Director of the Missenden Centre for the Development of Higher Education.