Professional Doctorate in Human Performance & Innovation, UL, Sept 2022 – Dr. Ciarán Mac Donncha

4-year part-time, customised for professionals in settings demanding high level human and/or sport performance or health and education sectors promoting physical activity behaviour. E-learning, situated at work, the professional drives, implements & evaluates innovations.

A full cohort of 20 Irish and international based Doctoral Candidates joined the programme in 2021. All are professional practitioners, with significant experience having high profiles within their respective fields; these include 2nd & 3rd level educators, development officers with NGBs of sport, high performance coaches, business managers and leaders, sports injury therapists and clinic owners, local sport partnership officers, health practitioners and leaders etc.

The programme is designed for experienced professionals who work in different settings to advance high level human and/or sport performance and in addition for those situated in the health and education sectors promoting physical activity behaviour. The programme is focused on driving innovation within their specific fields of expertise. Content will be customised to support the candidate in developing the skills and knowledge bases necessary to drive the evolution, development, validation and implementation of targeted innovations. Doctoral candidates will be supported throughout the process by a team of internationally recognised academics and experienced practitioners.

The programme is a direct response to an evident and growing need for professionals who are both academically astute and capable of demonstrating high-level critical thinking within practical contexts. As such, this landmark programme offers an alternative route to doctoral qualification by recognising the need to create agile and individually tailored programmes of study moulded around the working lives of busy professionals operating in high-pressure environments.

Accordingly, and in response to the changing nature and demands of 21st century performance domains, the doctoral programme is designed to be optimally adaptable. To this end, a menu of e-learning options ensures that the candidate can continue to learn and innovate, regardless of location and/or shifting life demands.

The Professional Doctorate in Human Performance and Innovation is now accepting applications for the 2nd cohort of 20 candidates who will begin in September 2022. Prospective candidates should apply on, or before, June 22nd, 2022.


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