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 outsomes. Its delivery is supported by academics with a wealth of expertise in their specialist fields that include sociology, law, social work, psychology and education.
Over a period of five to 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 Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies is part-time. All modules are delivered intensively through group teaching that takes place over two a a half day (usually Thursday- Saturday) in the newly furbished 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.
Applicants should hold a primary degree (2.1 Honours or above) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Evidence of these qualifications must be presented at the time of application. Performance profiles (grades etc.) may also be required to ensure suitability of the applicant for Doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years' full-time professional experience at a senior level in a field of work related to Education. Participants who have been accepted on to the DChild programme will be required to enrol and attend an induction session prior to their first module. IELTS 6.5 (5.5)
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.
For more advice regarding the content of this course, please contact:
Ms Victoria Nesbitt
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Telephone: (028) 9097 1481
Closing date to apply online: 24th August 2015
The interview date will be scheduled for 31st August 2015.
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