Essex doctorates

The following guidance and resource pages are for Professional Doctorate students on University of Essex validated courses, their supervisors as well as course teams.


We currently support a community of over 300 students across a range of Professional Doctorate programmes at the Tavistock. The Essex validated Doctoral programmes currently include Professional Doctorates in Child, Community and Educational Psychology (M4), Child and Educational Psychology (M5), Consulting and Leading in Organisations (D10D), Systemic Psychotherapy (M10)Social Work and Emotional Wellbeing (D55), Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (M80/M80N) and Advanced Practice and Research (Intergrated Professional Doctorates (IPD). Further details regarding the doctoral programmes including details of the taught elements can be found on the course Moodle pages and in the course handbook.

The guidance below offers information regarding the research phase of the doctoral programme. This includes information on information regarding thesis submissions and viva examinations, monitoring student progress (Supervisory Panels) and intermissions. For information for current Trust-Essex Doctoral students please go to the Student Regulations and Policies pages.

Further information relating to the management and governance of all research carried out within the Trust, including funding opportunities, please visit the getting started webpages. Alternatively, please visit Noclor Research Support.

Intermission of studies

If you are a Doctoral student on an Essex validated programme and your studies are being disrupted by circumstances outside of your control, you...

Essex Supervisory Panels

The purpose of a Supervisory Panels (SP) is to ensure that students are being supported appropriately and that they are progressing as expected on...

Your viva and submitting your final thesis

Before you are due to submit your thesis for examination you must complete an ‘Approval of Research Degree Thesis Title’ form AoT). This form...