The Higher Doctorate largely recognises excellent and distinguished contributions to learning and is at Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award may be used for career progression to advanced levels of academia and research. This award is never based on a provider’s programme and, as such, is not subject to validation but is assessed by the awarding body for each individual provider. Normally, the learner already holds a first doctorate or equivalent for some period of time prior to becoming a candidate for this programme. The Irish Higher Doctorate is compatible with completion of the Bologna Third Cycle. Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities are the training providers who award this qualification.

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