The impact of professional doctorates in the workplace: evidence from the criminal justice sector

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Abstract

This study explores the impact of professional doctorates in the workplace in the specific context of the criminal justice sector, through a qualitative study of practitioners who have graduated from professional doctorates in criminal justice and security risk management. A thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with 25 graduates was undertaken to identify the nature and extent of impact on their workplaces. The study suggests that professional doctorates may potentially have a significant impact on the workplace, but the actual extent is shaped by three interrelated factors: the motivations of students, the role of their employer and the nature of the programme in which they are enrolled. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications for how institutions could design and deliver professional doctorate programmes in order to extend workplace impact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-289
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • professional doctorates
  • impact
  • professional practice
  • criminal justice
  • workplace

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