This resource contains concrete, practical guidance for anyone wishing to study for a professional doctorate. It explores the nuts and bolts of the professional doctorate, from framing a research question to putting together a portfolio, and supports readers in the development of deeper critical and reflective skills. This book also provides readers with valuable advice on working with their supervisor, disseminating their findings and influencing their community of practice. Chapters are complemented by hands-on activities and a wealth of case studies which draw on the experiences of real students. This book will be essential reading for both prospective and current professional doctorate students in any subject area.