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Professional Doctorate Speech and Language Therapy

Professional Doctorate Speech and Language Therapy

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Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Speech Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

A Professional Doctorate is a specialist qualification that is appropriate if you are in, or are aspiring to, a senior professional appointment in practice, education or management in health or social care. It demonstrates your ability to undertake significant personal development and research within your specialist area of practice.

The aim of the course is to provide a unified approach to theory and practice within a professional context, so your learning is structured to allow you to develop your skills both in the workplace and within the academic environment.

Depending on your individual circumstances, your study can be undertaken over 5 years (with an additional period of completion of up to 1 year if required). During this time, you will prepare two extended essays which chronical your personal development over the programme of study. In tandem, you also study taught modules at the University of Essex which provide you with the expertise in qualitative, statistical, and other research methods required for researching healthcare.

At the end of the programme, you will have prepared a 40,000-word research study, this research will make an original contribution to own area of practice.

Your future

We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals, and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils.


This module is for final year PhD students who are writing up their thesis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is only available to applicants from the UK or EU.

Entry requirements

Our Professional Doctorates are only open to UK applicants (except for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). You need to be registered with a UK regulatory body (where appropriate). You should also be currently employed in management, practice or education, or in a senior position in a health or social care organisation and possess a master’s qualification (or equivalent). Employment in a senior position within a health or social care organisation.

University information

The University of Essex is a hub of innovation and stereotype-breaking success. It offers students a fantastic academic experience, and a fresh way of thinking about some of the key challenges faced by society today. The university delivers an impressive selection of postgraduate courses at a number of levels, including master’s programmes, doctoral degrees, research positions and short courses for continued professional development. The...more