The UK’s first professional doctorate in project management is launched

The University of Hertfordshire’s National Centre for Project Management (NCPM) has launched the UK's first professional doctorate in project management. 

This unique course builds on the work of the NCPM over the last ten years and draws on the broad experience of the NCPM team to deliver practical and meaningful professional development to high-level project managers in a range of organisations.

The launch of this unique and innovative Doctorate in Project Management (DPM) is an advanced programme of study which has been specifically designed to support senior project practitioners as they develop their skills and oversee the running of projects, bringing huge benefits to the organisations in which they work.

The DPM is a work-based research programme focusing on the improvement of professional practice, enabling participants to build on their existing skills, and develop a range of new skills in self-reflection, research and inquiry techniques.

The DPM qualification is equivalent to a traditional PhD but meets a broader range of professional needs, providing a research-based career development path for experienced and senior professionals who wish to develop their skills and expertise through a reflective route, leading to a research degree. Participants will make a unique contribution to research and practice and address issues of concern to contemporary organisations and projects.  

The National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), led by Professor Darren Dalcher, has a decade of experience supporting work-centred and practice-based postgraduate learners. The launch of the DPM course builds on that expertise.

He comments: "This is a very significant milestone for the development of scholarship in project management. Project management is a practical discipline concerned with real issues and challenges. The professional doctorate will enable senior practitioners and managers to grapple with some of the key problems and reflect on new ways of improving and embedding organisational project management capability. The new doctorate will provide a developmental route for leading practitioners looking to become recognised as researching professionals and international experts."

Professor Dalcher has built a worldwide reputation as leader and innovator in practice-based education and reflection, and holds a prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the Association for Project Management for his outstanding contribution to the field of project management. 

Find out more about this course or contact the NCPM team for an informal discussion or to apply

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