Please note that the UKAP is accepting registrations for the Doctoral Fellowship programme.


Aims of the qualification

The Doctoral Fellowship of the UKAP is a qualification at a level equivalent to a doctoral degree. It has been developed in consultation with a range of higher education providers across the EU. Working towards a DFUKAP promotes the development of new ideas in theory and practice, using either original research methodologies or innovative policy and practice initiatives at the forefront of the discipline. The candidates will be examined by an appropriate, experienced subject expert external to the UKAP and a UKAP Assessor.

Qualification name (postnominals)

Holders of the Doctoral Fellowship of The UKAP are entitled to wear the appropriate hood and gown and to use the designatory title of DFUKAP. Holders of the DFUKAP are expected to subscribe to the UKAP Code of Professional Practice and to remain as fully paid up Members or Fellow Members of the UKAP of Teachers.

Entry requirements/age

Prior to enrollment, students should normally have had a minimum of five years’ full-time or equivalent experience in teaching or other approved educational work [1] plus a relevant Master’s degree or equivalent qualification approved by The UKAP. Educators are welcome from across the professions.

Responses are at English language standard: minimum L2 Literacy /IELTS Score 6.5.

Full details of all academic qualifications should be provided on the application form and satisfactory documentary evidence of experience and qualifications upon registration.

For: European Union Region only.


Duration of programme

Upon registration, students will be enrolled as a Student Member of the UKAP. Registration will normally be effective from the date of registration for a period of up to six years. Should an extension beyond six years be required, the student will pay the appropriate Membership fee due.

Learning outcomes

By undertaking the doctoral project the student will be able to:

·       demonstrate the depth of understanding gained from their professional position.

·       show how the context has operated as a springboard for their project.

·       demonstrate their capability to pursue original research in the field of study at Level 8 based on understanding investigative tools and concepts appropriate to the topic;

·       implement the results of innovative or experimental work in teaching and learning;

·       show evidence of originality and a capacity for autonomous research;

·       demonstrate their understanding of professionalism and their own professional role and the contribution of the research project to their self-development;

·       give a critical assessment of the relevant literature, describe research methodologies and methods; indicate how findings advance the study of the subject with ways to develop this further.

·       demonstrate links in the community, national and internationally.

·       meet all the assessment criteria for Level 8 (see Assessment Level Descriptors below).


How to apply


Please contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details and application form can be downloaded here.

Assessment level descriptors * (Level 8)

Credit level descriptors define the level of complexity, relative demand and autonomy expected of a learner on completion of a module or programme of learning. They provide a description of levels of learning through a hierarchy of knowledge and skills.



Operational context

Operates in complex and unpredictable and/or specialised contexts at the forefront of knowledge.

Autonomy and responsibility for actions

Acts autonomously and with initiative, often in a professional capacity with responsibility for self and often others.

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding

Works with theoretical/research knowledge at the forefront of the discipline.

Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of techniques and methodologies applicable to the discipline

Cognitive skills

Conceptualisation and critical thinking

Develops ideas at a high level of abstraction.

Develops theoretical discourses, methodologies or practices critically analysing their development and application.


Problem-solving, Research & Enquiry

Acts independently and with originality in problem-solving.

Develops or adapts appropriate advanced methodological approaches and critically evaluates their effectiveness.

Synthesis and Creativity

Synthesises and applies new approaches, in a manner that can contribute to the development of methodology or understanding in that discipline or practice.

Analysis and evaluation

Undertakes independent analysis or evaluation, managing complexity, the incompleteness of data or contradictions in areas of knowledge.

Performance and practice

Adaptation to context

Autonomously adapts performance to contexts requiring professional outputs.


Has technical mastery, performs smoothly with precision and effectiveness, can adapt or develop skills and procedures for new situations

Team and organisational working

Leads and/or works effectively with often multiple teams in multiple roles. Manages the capacities of members to achieve outcomes handling conflict with confidence.

Ethical awareness & application

Analyses and manages ethical dilemmas and works pro-actively with others to formulate and implement solutions.

Personal and enabling skills

Personal evaluation and development

Reflects on own and others’ functioning in order to improve practice.

Is independent and self-critical as a learner, guides and supports the learning of others and manages own professional development

Interpersonal and communication skills

Displays consultancy skills. Communicates complex or contentious information clearly and effectively to the target audience.

Non-completion of the course

Candidates may withdraw or receive a recommendation for withdrawal by the Doctoral Board to withdraw after submission of the prima facie case, Research proposal, How to get started in research online course and literature review.

Withdrawal may be requested by the candidate for personal reasons or recommended by the Doctoral Board in the event that the Board does not feel the candidate is currently capable of undertaking and completing the research at Level 8 or considers that the research proposal does not allow sufficient development of the topic to achieve Level 8 learning outcomes.

In any of these cases, provided that Part 1 has been completed satisfactorily and the candidate has been registered for at least 12 months, the Doctoral Board may offer the candidate the opportunity to submit work completed in Part 1 of the programme for the qualification of Fellowship in Research Methodology at Level 7. 



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