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Reforms of the doctoral programs
Published: 2012-05-06

Emergence of a new type of doctorate; professional doctorate

University of Bucharest

Dan Potolea

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences

Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Bucharest
University of Bucharest

Oana Mosoiu

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences

professional doctorate scientific doctorate research-based practice quality


Increasing number of students enrolled in doctoral programmes and the emergence of the new types of doctoral programmes across the world's universities as a response to various demands from a wide range of professional context has shown that professional doctorate has become a new challenge and opened new horizons in higher education. This article examines the road of the professional doctorate from beginning to current status and possible trends. The professional doctorate is examined in its relationship with the so-called traditional scientific doctorate. The paper focuses on some of the aspects that gives identity and legitimacy to this type of doctorate: programme aims, structure, content, duration, recruitment and admissions, students' motivation to enroll professional doctorate, status, financial support, standards, and thesis contributions. It also presents the status of the professional doctorate in Romania and some ideas as a basis for further examination of the professional doctorate.


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How to Cite

Potolea, D., Toma, S., & Mosoiu, O. (2012). Emergence of a new type of doctorate; professional doctorate. Studia Doctoralia, 1(1-2), 7–25.