Elite Performance PGCert/PGDip/DProf

Elite Performance PGCert/PGDip/DProf

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate





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Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Full time: Four years, Part time: Seven years. (Depends on the exit route)

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    eLearning, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September, December, March, June

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Why study this programme?

The Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (D.Prof) is an exciting and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focused award to a broad range of professionals, including, but not limited to, coaches (in sport and business), scientists in support roles, medical/paramedical practitioners, military and other structured service providers, and all those involved in the performing arts. Offering an equivalent to PhD level, the D.Prof provides an opportunity for those working in elite performance to complete a programme of study focused on individual needs. 

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Entry Requirements

To discuss your suitability for this course please contact Dr Áine MacNamara - details as below.

We will normally arrange a face-to-face or skype meeting to explore issues at mutual convenience.

Áine MacNamara, Reader in Coaching and Performance
UCLan, Greenbank Building, Room 250, Preston, UK.
Email:  amacnamara1@uclan.ac.uk


Programme at a Glance

The award of D. Prof EP. consists of two components. The first component represents the taught element of the programme. The second component comprises independent research leading to the submission of a thesis for the professional doctorate.  You will begin by enrolling for the postgraduate certificate modules, followed by the postgraduate diploma and culminating in the thesis. All modules must be

Skills Review & Development (20 credits)
This module is designed to enable you to formulate a detailed and contemporary personal development plan (PDP) based on your strengths and weaknesses, and consideration of your current professional environment.

Working Context (40 credits)
This module enables you to complete discipline-based review of pertinent factors and theoretical constructs impacting on performance in your domain. This offers you a chance to explore the disciplinary underpinnings of performance development in your domain. This module compliments TL4116 by evaluating your own skills and that of your environment.

Research Methods & Design (20 credits)
This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge, techniques and skills to critically appraise research and to undertake your own small project. In doing so it provides a theoretical framework upon which to base both practical and empirical approaches to research. The module is an essential pre-requisite to the Thesis.

Evolution of Working Practice (40 credits)
The module extends your critical reflection on the use of pertinent knowledge sources and interdisciplinary implications for one self-identified, pertinent aspect of the domain. Normally anticipating the topic for final thesis module, you will develop a critical consideration of the „pros, cons and challenges‟ of a specific innovation.

Final Thesis (420 credits)
The thesis forms the second part of your programme of study. In satisfactorily completing the previous modules, you will design, conduct, analyse and interpret the results of a substantial investigation relevant to a particular aspect of your professional practice.

Further Information

If you consider that you may have already covered some of the modules listed above through previous learning, please consult the course leader and gain advice from the APL Coordinator to find out whether you can make a claim for accreditation of prior learning for part of your course. Some of you may have existing MSc/MA/PG Dip awards that you may see as an appropriate level to APEL specific modules. However, it is important to consider the appropriateness of the award that you have completed in relation to an APEL application for this award. The Course Leader and Director of Studies will consider any application that meets the appropriate level and nature of modules.

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How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £4,800 per year (UK/EU) / £14,000 (International)
Part-time: £2,400 per year (UK/EU) / £7,000 (International)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme has been designed to reflect your professional considerations and offers a flexible and independent learning environment. You are expected to put in approximately 100 hours for every 10 credits. So, for a 20 credit module, a comparative amount of independent study should be approximately 200 hours. This indicates the amount of independent study time that you should plan to spend in reading and preparing for assignments.

Please note that all modules will be assessed. You are expected to attempt all required assessments for each module for which you are registered, and to do so at the times scheduled unless authorised extensions, special arrangements for disability, or extenuating circumstances allow you to defer your assessment. The timing of submission for the assessments undertaken as part of this award will be agreed through mutual negotiation between you and your director of studies. Once this has been agreed, you are urged to manage your time effectively so that you are able to meet the deadlines.