Professional Doctorate in International Relations

The new Professional Doctorate (DProf) in International Relations offers a more flexible and attractive programme of research study to those students working in a professional capacity.

Undertaken on a part-time basis, professional practice is at the heart of the DProf, which is open to experienced professionals who are employed in any area of work, including those in emerging professions and disciplines.

Key features include:

  • the degree has a practice based rather than an exclusively institutional focus
  • candidates are normally working while completing the doctorate and already possess significant professional experience
  • successful completion of the degree normally leads to professional and/or organisational change that is often direct, rather than achieved through the implementation of subsequent research findings


To apply, and for further details about the application process, visit the applications portal (now open)

Programme structure

Part-time with distance learning taught elements (6 years part-time plus 1 continuation year):

Examination for the award of the DProf is by viva voce.