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PhD (Professional) Education

PhD (Professional) 3 years 5 years School of Education Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Introduction

The PhD (Professional) Education is a doctoral research programme of equivalent standing to the traditional Doctor of Philosophy, with a focus on research and professional practice which aims to aid the dissemination, development and management of a range of professional practice and policy development. It provides an integrated and structured programme of study aimed at current and future educators who wish to conduct original research relating to their professional context or area of educational practice.

The programme is designed around a coherent taught component during which students undertake three core modules, two optional modules and a research component, during which they conduct field work, analyse their data in light of existing knowledge, and write a thesis for examination.

During the taught stage, the core modules aim to support you in identifying your specific research questions through a critical review of the literature; develop the requisite knowledge, understanding and practical skills in appropriate research methods; and produce a compelling rationale and plan for conducting a substantive piece of original research. Optional modules allow you the opportunity to deepen your existing subject knowledge and/or broaden your appreciation of the study of education.

The research stage involves the implementation of your research proposal through the exercise of rigorous data collection and analysis, leading to the production of a 60,000-word thesis that systematically presents your research, learning, and contribution to knowledge.

Throughout the duration of the programme, you will be part of a diverse, supportive, and intellectually challenging research environment in the School of Education. In addition to the programme requirements, all students are encouraged to engage in broader post-graduate training opportunities, present their work to academic audiences and communicate the significance of their research to colleagues and peers.

To apply for this programme please follow this link:

https://my.lincoln.ac.uk/welcome/pages/login.aspx

How You Study

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme – this takes place at two weekend study schools (Friday – Sunday in October and February) and one week-long study school (Monday-Friday in July).

Study schools include lectures, student presentations, seminars, visiting speakers and workshops. An emphasis throughout is placed on encouraging students to share and discuss their own work, and to provide structured activities that build on students’ research interests, and those of academic staff. Study school attendance is not restricted to the taught stage of the programme, but students are expected to continue to attend study schools throughout their time on the programme.

Between study schools, fortnightly seminars are held for each module. These may be attended in person or remotely. These seminars are also available as recorded 'webinars' through the use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides students with access to a range of structured resources, including many digitised texts and key readings. It is also used more interactively, as a means of extending the dialogues that are seen as crucial to students’ learning.


Programme Structure

Core:

  • Critical Engagement with Educational Literature
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis - PhD (Professional) Education


Optional (students select two):

  • Education and Social Justice
  • Educational Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
  • Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability


Contact Hours and Independent Study

Personal Supervision throughout the programme: 1 hour monthly for full-time and 1 hour bi-monthly for part-time.

Participation on taught modules: 25 hours per module

The taught element of this programme is 12 months full-time and 24 months part-time.

How You Are Assessed

During the taught stage, you will be assessed through written assignments, portfolios and presentations. Students will also need to successfully complete a viva examination. You will also receive regular feedback on your work from your Supervisor as well as receiving grades to mark your progress through the curricula. In addition, you should expect to participate in formative peer review of each other’s ideas and work throughout the programme through active group discussion and a variety of presentation methods (e.g. annual student conference presentations, poster sessions, 'PechaKucha' sessions).

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All applicants will be interviewed following a review of their research proposal.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree. Relevant professional experience is considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Joss Winn
jwinn@lincoln.ac.uk
+44(0)1522 88 6075

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

Critical Engagement with Educational Literature (Core)

In this module, students can develop their skills of identifying, searching, critically evaluating and synthesising academic literature, as well as the skills needed to understand and apply this knowledge to developing their own research. The module focuses on critically evaluating research literature in various areas of educational studies and around students' area of research in particular. The module is intended to help students focus on their study and situate it within the wider field of educational research.

Dissertation (Education) (Core)

The dissertation enables students to undertake an in-depth, independent, and sustained study and presentation of a topic of their choosing in Education. It includes the conceptualisation, design, conduct, analysis, and written and oral or visual presentation of a substantial research project. The aim of the module is to support students through a process of extended scholarly research and to develop their capabilities as fully independent and critical social researchers.

Education and Social Justice (Option)

This module explores the relationship between education and social justice. It introduces conceptual tools for identifying and challenging injustices in educational contexts, and strategies for developing knowledge, methods and skills for creating social just learning practices and environments. The module aims to provide students with resources to critically assess the personal, social and political implications of diverse educational theories, practices, policies and institutions, and to cultivate practices which promote social justice in their own context.

Themes include theories of social justice in education; the politics of educational policy and reform; the relationship between education, state, market, family, work and social movements; the dynamics of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability and geography in education; critiques of technology in education; and approaches to social justice in pedagogy, curriculum and educational governance.

Educational leadership and management: theory and practice (Option)

This module will explore educational management and leadership with particular reference to the organisational and operational aspects of educational institutions. It is divided into three related parts. The first part analyses the organisation, structure and culture of educational institutions drawing upon organisational theory, cultural analysis and the use of metaphor.

The second part explores the nature of leadership in educational institutions, a complex and contested concept. The third part provides an opportunity to critically consider some key issues in educational leadership and management including the nature of learning organisations, leadership for professional development and leading organisations in challenging circumstances.

Depending on the nature of the group and the interests of the students, material can be drawn from all sectors of education and from a variety of national and international contexts.

Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with core knowledge, understanding and skills of mentoring and coaching and their application within an educational context. It offers participants personal and professional development as it explores and critically evaluates key concepts, theories, practices, models, frameworks, and approaches to mentoring and coaching in education. Through structured experiences and interactive workshops, mentoring and coaching will be practised and reflected upon in the light of students’ learning. The module provides students with an opportunity to develop their practice and deepening their skills as a mentor and coach, demonstrating and applying a repertoire of models, theory, structures, frameworks and skills in light of empirical and practice-based research evidence on mentoring and coaching.

Research Methods (Education) (Core)

This module is designed to introduce the key features and processes of conducting postgraduate standard research using quantitative and qualitative methods. The module introduces the main instruments used for data collection and discusses their ability to produce a desired result in a range of contexts. The module considers practical issues of instrument design and implementation, coupled with wider questions of sampling. A strong emphasis is placed on methods of data analysis and identifying the relationships and processes by which students progress from data collection and the handling of raw data through to the high quality testing/generating theory that is a feature of postgraduate-level work.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (Option)

Special Educational Needs and Disability is specifically designed to support the needs of students interested in careers in education, including practicing teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, and educational researchers. This module encourages students to critically explore issues related to policy and practice for children with additional needs. A key feature of the module is that it draws on the implications of policy to practice and aims to increase awareness of how practice can be adapted to support the diverse needs that children can have. The module focuses on supporting additional needs in both primary and secondary schools but the materials studied can be extended to an adult population. We also reflect on international initiatives and explore the impact they have on current policy.

Doctorate Level

Thesis - PhD (Professional) Education (Core)

The PhD (Professional) Education is a doctoral research programme of equivalent standing to the Doctor of Philosophy with a focus on research and professional practice which aims to aid the dissemination, development and management of a range of professional practice and policy development.

This is the research stage component of the PhD (Professional) Education, which typically results in a thesis of 60,000 words.

Special Features

A key feature of the PhD (Professional) Education is our belief that students’ learning is most effective when it is the product of an on-going dialogue with others, either teaching staff or fellow students, through which students are constantly challenged to refine their understanding of key concepts in the field of education, and their own development of their research ideas.

Emphasis throughout is placed on creating the conditions in which such dialogues can flourish. Academic staff principally act as supervisors of the student's own research rather than teachers of others' research. In this way, roles of teacher and student are progressively minimised and both students and supervisory staff become part of a joint research project.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor as soon as you commence the programme and meet with them on a regular basis. This person will have a key role in providing individualised support as you progress through the programme. You will receive face-to-face supervision at study schools, and support through electronic means/telephone between study schools.

Career and Personal Development

The PhD (Professional) Education aims to develop the capacity in individuals to make a significant original contribution to understanding and improving professional practice in education through research. The programme is specifically designed for current and future educators and can be understood as an advanced form of research-based professional development or training. Graduates from the programme may go on to senior positions in their existing field as well as entering academic careers.

Other Costs

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme. This takes place in Lincoln (UK) at two weekend study schools (Friday – Sunday in October and February) and one week-long study school (Monday-Friday in July). Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while attending these sessions.

Tuition Fees

 

2018/19 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,246**** £2,123****
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,185**** £1,592****
International £13,500 £6,750

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)

£11,500 £5,750
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,958 £1,958


* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 25% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

**** Estimated RCUK fee for 2018/19. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2018 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2017/18 is £4,195. For 2018 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.