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Postgraduate – Bath Spa University

Help us create ethical solutions to professional problems through postgraduate research with us

CLEPP provides training and support to postgraduates through the two below taught pathways, and by our PhD by publication. 



Our innovative PhD by publication offers an interdisciplinary approach to practice-based research specifically in themes of leadership, ethics and professional practice.

This programme is aimed at senior leaders who have made a significant contribution to organisational policy, practice or knowledge. It will allow students to locate their knowledge, practice and understanding in a theoretical and cultural context and in doing so, influence theory and support the principle of evidence-based practice.


As a postgraduate research student, you will be part of the CLEPP community here at Bath Spa. This will provide a supportive, stimulating and creative inter-disciplinary setting for your research, where you can benefit from our collective expertise and institutional resources. Outside of the Centre's support, we will also offer additional training through a  compulsory three day module on where ‘Professional practice meets academia’. 

How to apply

Our programme is delivered part-time over 12 months. Acceptance to the programme is through a portfolio of evidence; this portfolio is central to the 20,000 word reflective thesis, in which the student will be supported by two supervisors in preparation for their viva-voce.

Get in touch

For additional details and how to apply, you can contact Associate Director Dr Lu Liu, or email the team at

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