COVID-19 FAQs for Professional Doctorates COVID-19 FAQs for Professional Doctorates

Professional Doctorate Programmes (both PSRB and non-PSRB) 

We are aware that Professional Doctorate trainees / students will have additional requirements to those that are listed on our main FAQ page for all PGRs. Therefore we have tried to summarise the key points below, whilst noting that issues specific only to your programme will be communicated to you directly by the Programme Directors / Course Team. We know that this is an anxious time for everyone and please be assured that we are working hard behind the scenes to address the key issues in the upcoming weeks (noting that for programmes that are also governed by Professional Statutory Regulatory Bodies - PSRB’s - we are also taking part in national discussions with e.g. HCPC and BPS as to the best way to move forward). 

We would urge you to regularly review your respective Blackboard pages for the most up-to-date information for your programme and to also check emails on a frequent basis.


The University has moved all teaching online and the respective programmes are either already running classes online, or looking at moving their next blocks of teaching online. Given that some programmes have significant numbers of external speakers, this will be a challenge and we ask that you bear with us during this time. Programme Teams will be in touch with you regarding the specific arrangement relating to your teaching.


Further to our previous messaging regarding Extenuating Circumstances (EC), and the additional guidance that the University has sent out regarding this matter for Postgraduate Taught programmes, a decision has been taken to automatically extend all Professional Doctorate assignment deadlines by seven working days for those assignments that remain in the 2019/20 academic year. Specific details have been communicated to respective programmes. For assignments that fall in the new academic term (i.e. October onwards), we will review the situation closer to the time and update you accordingly.

All relevant deadlines within the system will therefore be extended by seven working days to account for the on-going COVID-19 situation. If you feel you need longer than the seven working days extension, please submit a full EC form in the standard way, along with a supporting statement from your advisor/supervisor.

If you have already self-certified for an assignment deadline from 1 April 2020 onwards, this will be superseded by these new arrangements and no further action is required from you.

If your ability to complete the assignment has been affected by the COVID-19 situation and is not covered by the assignment amendments, please submit an extenuating circumstances form as soon as you are able. In the circumstances, this may be completed by your advisor / supervisor if you are unable to do so.

We are aware that the ProfD HaSC Assignment 2 deadline has been moved to September and students have been contacted about this.


The University is aware that the current situation is affecting trainees’ research in different ways and there is guidance around ethics and concessions processes elsewhere on our Doing your Research FAQ page. PGR Directors and Research Tutors within the PSRB programmes are working with colleagues to try and assess the impact, but if you have specific concerns about your project, please contact them in the first instance.


Placements for PSRB programmes are still proceeding in line with NHS Trust / Local Authority guidance, although we are aware that many of you are now working remotely. 

There are both national and local discussions ongoing around placements and competencies which our programme teams are taking part in. We will update you as information is confirmed, but please bear with us at this time.

Is the professional doctorates coursework drop box going to be checked?

The professional doctorates coursework box will not be checked. The Professional Doctorates team will be communicating directly with professional doctorate students regarding alternatives.