‘The Doctor of Professional Studies is a research integrated, professional practice degree. It provides candidates with a course of supervised research and study that focuses on creativity, innovation and enterprise to generate and apply new knowledge and skills in a range of professions and occupations. You will already have a solid education background but now find yourself dealing with more complex issues and demands. The Doctor of Professional Studies acknowledges your professional experience and leverages them to produce four research tasks followed by execution of a research project and preparation of a research thesis. which makes a significant original contribution to knowledge. The course is governed by the Research Higher Degree Course Rules, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.”
Doctor of Professional Studies graduates aim for high level professional positions that allow them to inform and influence within their chosen field of employment. This doctoral level research integrated, workplace-engaged course is designed to enhance career opportunities to make distinctive, strategic, innovative contributions in a variety of workplaces and communities. The expert, specialised cognitive, technical and research skills developed through this course are widely applicable in many professions.
|Duration||4 years full-time or 8 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||No information available at this time|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses.|
|Expected Hours of Study||Information not available|
|Course Type||Research Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||DProfSt|
|AQF Level||Level 10: Doctoral Degree|
You may be considered for admission to the Doctor of Professional Studies course if you:
· International English requirements: https://www.cqu.edu.au/international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements.
The Doctor of Professional Studies is a program of research and study, undertaken independently and with guidance from two academic supervisors.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
There is no external (professional) accreditation for this course.
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
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The Doctor of Professional Studies (DocProfSt) is a doctoral course of supervised research and research tasks designed for professional practitioners, comprising:
• Six (6) Professional Research Tasks that are submitted for scholarly peer review, and that shall culminate in the production of a portfolio of written work;
• A Confirmation of Candidature process that encompasses the production of a written research proposal and an oral presentation of that proposal; and
• A Thesis that is based on a substantial investigation into a selected aspect of professional practice.
The course is governed by the C ourse Rules for the Degree of Doctor of Professional Studies. These rules provide details pertaining to all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination.
The course will normally be undertaken by candidates through full-time study over 3-4 full-time years or part-time study over 6-8 years.
Six (6) Professional Research Tasks will be completed over the first 1.5 years (full-time equivalent). Tasks focus on the following professional research topics: Applied Research, Transdisciplinary Research, Research Scenarios, The Evaluative Framework, Social Research Methods, Ethics in Applied Research. A portfolio of written work will be produced (notional length for each task of 5,000words; 30,000words in total).
The Confirmation of Candidature is undertaken upon the satisfactory completion of all Professional Research Tasks. The Confirmation of Candidature (CoC) process encompasses the production of written research proposal that is submitted for peer review and an oral presentation.
Thesis: A candidate shall prepare under supervision a thesis based on the research proposal that has been approved via the Confirmation of Candidature process. The thesis shall constitute a substantial investigation into a selected aspect of professional practice (with a notional length of 60,000words minimum). The thesis is submitted for external examination as per course rules for the Doctor of Professional Studies and the procedures for submission of theses for Research Higher Degrees.