Integrated Professional Doctorates

Studying for a Professional Doctorate at the Tavistock and Portman is a unique experience.  Our programme enables students from the systemic, social work and social care, organisational consultancy and educational psychology streams to study alongside one another with a multi-professional staff team, while each programme retains its own individuality. 

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The Tavistock Centre has an international reputation for multi-disciplinary mental health practice and training, and our distinctive educational methods have been developed and refined over many decades. The Centre is a rich, creative and forward looking environment with a strong critical and social ethos.

We put our students and their working experience at the heart of our training, and respect those who study here as equal professionals from whom we also learn. Our professional doctorates will provide you with tailored advanced professional development as well as opportunity to undertake applied research that draws on your own curiosity and professional passion. Our teachers and supervisors are practicing clinicians, highly experienced trainers, and leading researchers and scholars in their fields. 

We offer four unique strands to our Integrated Professional Doctorate:

All our doctorates consist of two years of taught work and a minimum of two years applied research leading to submission of a 40,000 word doctoral thesis.  

Our professional doctorate graduates typically find promotion, achieve much enhanced professional confidence, develop leadership capacities, make innovative contributions to service developments and the applied academic  literature. Employers say that they gain unique added value from staff who follow our programmes. 

We welcome students from all over the UK, and from many other European countries and beyond. We make it as easy as possible to participate in long distance doctoral study.

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