There's a real sense of being taught by experts. With a great network for students and amazing facilities, studying at Queen's University was exceptional.
Michael Hoy, Year 4 Doctorate in 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 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.
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 3311
Closing date to apply online: 13 June 2014