Institute of Technology or PolytechnicOtago Polytechnic
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The Doctor of Professional Practice captures emergent knowledge relevant to the candidate’s work and relevant for work contexts, integrating work-based knowledge with disciplinary knowledge to create new knowledge.
All professional doctorates share significant features: the study is focused on generating substantial original knowledge from and about practices within a professional setting and combining it with formal disciplinary knowledge. New synthesised knowledge informs the candidate, the organisation, the field of practice and the profession.
This innovative and advanced educational programme aims to enable candidates to create new knowledge for and about New Zealand’s workplaces through applied practice and research projects; thereby facilitating the development of their personal and professional practice as leaders of practice.
Our goal is to help you design and then achieve new professional and personal learning goals, over a three year (full-time) enrolment period. These goals will be identified by you. There are no taught courses in this programme; instead it is self-directed and you will be provided with academic support staff who will work with you combining distance and face-to-face learning, supported by online resources.
The programme will attract learners who are self-managing and highly motivated, already skilled in initiating and maximizing learning opportunities. They have well-developed higher level thinking skills; critical as well as strategic thinkers, with global as well as organizational perspectives. They may have already investigated complex problems; they may be recognized experts in a field, as well as change agents for new and innovative practice. They may have already demonstrated leadership and the capability to influence others. They are able to articulate their professional practice, and propose innovative change with informed ideas.
Overall, the Doctor of Professional Practice requires learners to:
They will achieve this new knowledge by:
The graduate of the Doctor of Professional Practice is able to:
Learning is self-paced and as communication can be face-to-face or via email, phone or Skype, learners can access the programme from anywhere within New Zealand. This programme is delivered by two academic mentors working with individuals and occur within the workplace.
The Doctor of Professional Practice is a competitive entry programme, with a limited numbers of candidates accepted in any one year.
Prospective candidates must have:
Additionally, acceptance as a doctoral student will be after developing a research proposal and undertaking an interview with representatives of the Doctor of Professional Practice programme committee.
It will also depend on the availability of academic mentoring in the area of the candidate’s research interests.
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any band.
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;
Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50
Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS