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Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Trauma DProf

Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Trauma DProf

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4 years

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Qualification type

DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This DProf is for therapeutic practitioners who wish to extend their expertise by contributing original knowledge in a professional and organisational context, which comes out of experience and practice.

Course overview

Our DProf course recognises the achievements of practitioners in the disciplines of psychological trauma. The DProf facilitates the generation of original knowledge that comes out of experience and practice and enables a fresh and meaningful contribution to be given to practice-based knowledge and dialogue.

Why study this course with us?

The Centre for Research and Education in Psychological Trauma contains several nationally and internationally recognised researchers among its staff. They input onto the teaching and supervision of research on this DProf course.

There is a vibrant research community at Chester, consisting of both PhD and DProf research students, who meet regularly together, alongside the research staff, to support each other and stimulate new thinking and research ideas.


Assessment in Phases 1 and 2 is by means of essays, publishable articles, presentations, and a research proposal. In Phase 3, assessment will be by thesis and viva. Part-time students are expected to give at least 16 hours (part-time) a week to their studies.

Job prospects

This course assists in the development of practitioner-researchers who, with a doctorate and a research reputation, can go on to fulfil therapeutic, academic and management positions in their chosen areas of work.


This module provides an opportunity for students to undertake a research project, normally empirical in nature, and focussed on their current practice. During this period students will complete a literature review; gather data to address their research question; express these data succinctly; analyse the data; draw conclusions in relation to their research question and reflect on their research and its significance, making recommendations for future practice and research.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for the course, you will need to have an MA or MSc in a psychological trauma related discipline (with a grade of 60% or above for the research dissertation), plus practitioner experience in some aspect of psychological trauma.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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