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Doctor of Professional Studies (DPST)
The Doctor of Professional Studies is designed to enable professionals to engage in the highest form of authentic learning: to study as they engage in real world, real time activity; and to combine their work and study in ways that lead to benefits for both the individual and the organisation by creating new knowledge for professional use. Accordingly, the program aims to provide opportunities for professionals with the appropriate entry qualifications that enable them to critically review resources, to address theoretical and practical questions and issues in their workplace field, and to design and implement projects to further investigate these questions and issues. It is expected that the documented results of these projects would be used to improve one or more aspects of the workplace.
Successful completion of the program will enable graduates to:
- develop a workplace-based learning plan that integrates theory and practice
- demonstrate analytical, critical and creative thinking in workplace applications
- postulate directions for investigation of unsolved problems in their workplace
- undertake and write reports on projects relating to their workplace in a professional manner
- demonstrate a high level of skill in identifying, choosing and implementing procedures appropriate for addressing issues, ideas and concepts
- demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of their projects and manage these limitations
- demonstrate a high level of skill in assessing and addressing ethical/confidential concerns in their study and related work activity
- report the results of their projects concerning changes to their workplace in a manner appropriate to their audience
- enhance the knowledge base of their workplace, organisation or professional group(s);
- plan the implementation of possible changes to their workplace resulting from their research.
Admission is by written application and interview. Students may begin the program in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. To be considered for entry, an applicant must normally possess a bachelor’s degree with honours or a master’s degree from an Australian University or equivalent, and have the equivalent of at least five years' experience in their field. Anyone wishing to gain entry to the program on the basis of equivalent qualifications and/or experience should contact the University for consideration for admission on this basis.
This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:
University of Southern Queensland
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