Programme Director - Dr Karen Winter
“It's all very up-to-date knowledge. You're really learning from the leaders in the field."Michael Hoy, Year 4 Doctorate Childhood Studies,Head of Service, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
This degree represents a unique opportunity to pursue an original research project informed by research training and a range of theoretical perspectives on the lives of children and young people. Exploring the experience of childhood across the age spectrum, in different social and political contexts, this research degree places a strong emphasis on the links between social justice, rights, lived experiences and outcomes. Its delivery is supported by academics with a wealth of expertise in their specialist fields that include sociology, law, social work, psychology and education.
“A unique opportunity where experienced professionals can work together to explore the issues facing children and young people, exchange ideas and build on their expertise so that they can take forward new approaches in their work."
Dr Karen Winter, DChild Programme Co-ordinator
Over a period of five - eight years part-time, students will complete four core modules, four optional modules, a research plan and a 50,000 word dissertation to PhD standard.
The modules on offer include:
Sociological approaches to understanding children and childhood
Psychological approaches to researching childhood
Qualitative research: methods, data and theory
Quantitative research: methods, data and theory
Children’s rights: research and practice
Childhood, rights and justice
Pathways and outcomes for children in care
Childhood adversity and the life course
Comparative child protection in Europe
Critical perspectives in early childhood
Youth and Adolescent perspectives
Contemporary issues/research in developmental psychology
The professional as researcher
Survey methods in education
Experimental methods in educational research
Researching children and young people in educational settings
Philosophical and ethical issues in educational research
Narrative and arts based research approaches
“The multidisciplinary nature of the course works really well. You get lots of different perspectives on issues. You can dip your toe in through the core modules and see if you want to go further with the optional modules. The block learning allows you to fit in with working at the same time. I couldn't have taken three years off to do a PhD.”Niall Moore, Year 2 Doctorate Childhood Studies
Special Features of the DChild
The Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies is part-time. All modules are delivered intensively through group teaching that takes place over two and a half days (usually Thursday – Saturday) in the newly furnished Riddel Hall.
It is possible for students to undertake pathways through taught modules that have an emphasis on child care/child protection; children and education; and children/young people and youth justice.
Modules are also supported by access to e-books, the use of online resources and access to discussion forums.
Students can avail of additional specialist training courses and opportunities for networking that are offered by the postgraduate centre and other events run at Queen’s University Belfast.
A primary degree (or equivalent recognised qualification) and an appropriate higher masters level qualification.
Professional experience in a field related to children and/or youth services, which normally should not be less than 3 years.
Good supporting references.
Selection will also include an interview.
The professional doctorate provides an excellent opportunity for knowledge transfer into students’ professional environments.
There is growing support for the course from organisations that work with children and young people.
"I am using the course content and research to influence policy and practice in my Trust. The policy developments are therefore evidence based which is essential to the on-going development of the social work profession."Michael Hoy, Year 4 Doctorate Childhood Studies,Head of Service, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
For more advice regarding the content of this course, please contact:
Mrs Lorraine Higgins
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Telephone: 028 90 973311
Applications should be submitted online by 13 June 2014.