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Professional doctorates should be promoted as equivalent to PhDs, report says.

Universities should develop their professional doctorate offering on a more strategic basis, according to a report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The report published on 6 January is based on a review of existing professional doctorates carried out by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre and the University of Brighton. It warns that development of professional doctorate provision is “somewhat opportunistic” and that programme development is left up to departments rather than forming part of institution-wide strategy. It suggests that universities may wish to develop new programmes under established “brands” such as the Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Education qualifications. This would both raise the profile of professional doctorate programmes and reduce the “complexity and heterogeneity” of programme titles, awards and nomenclature.

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