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    I've been looking into doing a professional doctorate in psychology. I was surprised that the thesis lengths listed on websites are around 40 - 50 000 words, and on top of this additional assignments and portfolios of work of between 4,000 and 10,000 words each... even while working on placement as a trainee psychologist 2/3 of the time?

    If a 'regular' phd student needs three years full-time work to produce a thesis, then how can doctorate students be expected to do the same in a mere fraction of the time? Are standards for theses on a doctoral course lower than on phd??
    I am not trying to be inflammatory, I just really don't see how it is possible?
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    A PhD and professional doctorate have different objectives, and thus different requirements.

    A PhD student/candidate is required to create their own project in order to deliver new knowledge (research). On the other hand, a professional doctorate is more focused upon the application of known knowledge and research (clinical). There may be some overlapping courses between the two, but a PhD will be more focused upon research whereas a professional will be more involved with treatment.

    Overall, a professional doctorate's thesis length will be less than that of a PhD's thesis.
 
 
 
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