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PhD (Professional) Education PhD (Professional) Education

The School of Education is a vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment in which staff have developed national and international reputations in their areas of expertise.

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Dr Joss Winn - Programme Leader

Dr Joss Winn - Programme Leader

Joss is a Senior Lecturer and over the past 20 years, he has taught at all levels of education, from a Kindergarten and public school in Japan to undergraduate and doctoral programmes in the USA and UK, as well as informal adult education. His subject specialisms include: Education and technology, academic labour, Marxism and education, political economy, democratic education, co-operative education; craft education and lutherie.

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Welcome to PhD (Professional) Education

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. The course is designed for current and future educators who wish to conduct original research relating to their professional context or area of educational practice, and aims to support the dissemination, development, and management of a range of professional practice and policy development.

Students undertake four core modules and one optional module, followed by a thesis stage, during which they conduct field work, analyse their data in light of existing knowledge, and write a thesis for examination.

The modular stage aims to help students refine their research topic and identify specific research questions through a critical review of literature. Optional modules offer students the opportunity to design a pilot study for their thesis research or gain research experience by assisting on a research project led by academic staff.

The thesis stage requires rigorous data collection and analysis in order to produce a 60,000-word thesis that systematically presents the research, learning, and contribution to knowledge.

Throughout the duration of the programme, students are 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 postgraduate training opportunities, present their work to academic audiences, and communicate the significance of their research to colleagues and peers.

Achieving the award of PhD (Professional) is recognition not only of an original contribution to knowledge, but also of the students' ability to continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at doctoral level.

Welcome to PhD (Professional) Education

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. The course is designed for current and future educators who wish to conduct original research relating to their professional context or area of educational practice, and aims to support the dissemination, development, and management of a range of professional practice and policy development.

Students undertake four core modules and one optional module, followed by a thesis stage, during which they conduct field work, analyse their data in light of existing knowledge, and write a thesis for examination.

The modular stage aims to help students refine their research topic and identify specific research questions through a critical review of literature. Optional modules offer students the opportunity to design a pilot study for their thesis research or gain research experience by assisting on a research project led by academic staff.

The thesis stage requires rigorous data collection and analysis in order to produce a 60,000-word thesis that systematically presents the research, learning, and contribution to knowledge.

Throughout the duration of the programme, students are 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 postgraduate training opportunities, present their work to academic audiences, and communicate the significance of their research to colleagues and peers.

Achieving the award of PhD (Professional) is recognition not only of an original contribution to knowledge, but also of the students' ability to continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at doctoral level.

How You Study

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme - this takes place on a weekly basis and at two weekend study schools and one three-day summer school.
Weekly online seminars are held for each module at times that are intended to be accessible to part-time students. They are supplemented by the use of interactive technologies that are used to extend the dialogues that are crucial to students' learning. An example is the use of Talis Elevate to read and discuss selected texts and multimedia.

The VLE also provides students with access to a range of structured resources, including digitised texts, recordings of lectures and various teaching materials, allowing for a significant degree of independent study and revision of topics covered. Flipped learning through the use of digital tools, directed learning and assigned tasks may also be used in and outside of the class as appropriate.

Study schools include lectures, student presentations, seminars, visiting speakers and workshops. An emphasis throughout is placed on encouraging candidates 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 modular stage, but candidates are encouraged to continue to attend study schools throughout their time on the programme. This is intended to provide a stronger and more supportive framework for candidates, aiding progression and retention.

How You Study

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme - this takes place on a weekly basis and at two weekend study schools and one three-day summer school.
Weekly online seminars are held for each module at times that are intended to be accessible to part-time students. They are supplemented by the use of interactive technologies that are used to extend the dialogues that are crucial to students' learning. An example is the use of Talis Elevate to read and discuss selected texts and multimedia.

The VLE also provides students with access to a range of structured resources, including digitised texts, recordings of lectures and various teaching materials, allowing for a significant degree of independent study and revision of topics covered. Flipped learning through the use of digital tools, directed learning and assigned tasks may also be used in and outside of the class as appropriate.

Study schools include lectures, student presentations, seminars, visiting speakers and workshops. An emphasis throughout is placed on encouraging candidates 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 modular stage, but candidates are encouraged to continue to attend study schools throughout their time on the programme. This is intended to provide a stronger and more supportive framework for candidates, aiding progression and retention.

An Introduction to Your Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Thesis - PhD (Professional) Education 2022-23EDM9787MLevel 82022-23CoreEducational research: Conceptualising your research problem 2022-23EDM9810MLevel 72022-23This first core module for the PhD (Professional) Education aims to introduce students to doctoral research and outline the anticipated journey from professional practitioner to advanced researcher. In doing so, students will develop a better understanding of their chosen research topic, moving from an issue located in professional practice to a conceptual appreciation of their research problem.CoreInitiating research: Exploring existing knowledge 2022-23EDM9809MLevel 72022-23This core module builds on the first module and explores in detail the purpose and techniques of reviewing existing research. Emphasis is placed throughout on developing students critical skills, and applying these to the research problem previously identified. By doing so, students should develop an initial understanding of: the current evidence-base related to their problem; the various choices of research design available to them, and commonly used theoretical frameworks.CoreResearch design: Understanding disciplinary approaches 2022-23EDM9811MLevel 72022-23This module introduces students to the key educational research methodologies, and allows students to (a) locate their own work within a specific academic discipline, and (b) begin to consider how their own research philosophy becomes reflected in the developing design of their research project. The module progresses from a philosophical discussion of the nature of knowledge in educational research (questions of epistemology and ontology) through to more practical questions of research approach and methods of data collection. It seeks to make strong connections between the different disciplinary concerns of social science and the implications of the student's 'researcher positionality' and research design, emphasising throughout the need for students work to have philosophical integrity and practical coherence.CoreResearch progress report and defence 2022-23EDM9813MLevel 72022-23This module requires students to undertake independent study, which aims to consolidate the learning, scholarship and research undertaken during the taught stage of the PhD (Professional) Education. Under the direction of their Supervisor, students must submit a detailed rationale and plan for continuing onto the thesis stage of the professional doctorate. An application for ethical approval for the research should also be applied for.CoreEducational research: Planning a pilot study in a professional context 2022-23EDM9812MLevel 72022-23This optional module for the PhD (Professional) Education supports students to develop and implement a pilot study for their thesis research and consider the ethical dimensions of insider research in a professional context.OptionalResearch Experience Work Placement 2022-23EDM9794MLevel 72022-23The Research Experience Work Placement module allows students on the professional doctorate to gain real-world experience assisting with research in the School of Education and requires the negotiation and approval of an academic member of staff with whom the student will work with, prior to being accepted on the module. The work placement opportunity may involve any aspect of the research process, including literature searches and reviews, the co-design of data collection instruments, identification of research participants, preparation of an ethics application, transcription of data, assisting with the analysis of data and the drafting of research reports. It will demystify the research process and ground doctoral students' understanding of research in the real-world as well as offer an insight into academic work and employment more generally.Optional

An Introduction to Your Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Thesis - PhD (Professional) Education 2023-24EDM9787MLevel 82023-24CoreEducational research: Conceptualising your research problem 2023-24EDM9810MLevel 72023-24This first core module for the PhD (Professional) Education aims to introduce students to doctoral research and outline the anticipated journey from professional practitioner to advanced researcher. In doing so, students will develop a better understanding of their chosen research topic, moving from an issue located in professional practice to a conceptual appreciation of their research problem.CoreInitiating research: Exploring existing knowledge 2023-24EDM9809MLevel 72023-24This core module builds on the first module and explores in detail the purpose and techniques of reviewing existing research. Emphasis is placed throughout on developing students critical skills, and applying these to the research problem previously identified. By doing so, students should develop an initial understanding of: the current evidence-base related to their problem; the various choices of research design available to them, and commonly used theoretical frameworks.CoreResearch design: Understanding disciplinary approaches 2023-24EDM9811MLevel 72023-24This module introduces students to the key educational research methodologies, and allows students to (a) locate their own work within a specific academic discipline, and (b) begin to consider how their own research philosophy becomes reflected in the developing design of their research project. The module progresses from a philosophical discussion of the nature of knowledge in educational research (questions of epistemology and ontology) through to more practical questions of research approach and methods of data collection. It seeks to make strong connections between the different disciplinary concerns of social science and the implications of the student's 'researcher positionality' and research design, emphasising throughout the need for students work to have philosophical integrity and practical coherence.CoreResearch progress report and defence 2023-24EDM9813MLevel 72023-24This module requires students to undertake independent study, which aims to consolidate the learning, scholarship and research undertaken during the taught stage of the PhD (Professional) Education. Under the direction of their Supervisor, students must submit a detailed rationale and plan for continuing onto the thesis stage of the professional doctorate. An application for ethical approval for the research should also be applied for.CoreEducational research: Planning a pilot study in a professional context 2023-24EDM9812MLevel 72023-24This optional module for the PhD (Professional) Education supports students to develop and implement a pilot study for their thesis research and consider the ethical dimensions of insider research in a professional context.OptionalResearch Experience Work Placement 2023-24EDM9794MLevel 72023-24The Research Experience Work Placement module allows students on the professional doctorate to gain real-world experience assisting with research in the School of Education and requires the negotiation and approval of an academic member of staff with whom the student will work with, prior to being accepted on the module. The work placement opportunity may involve any aspect of the research process, including literature searches and reviews, the co-design of data collection instruments, identification of research participants, preparation of an ethics application, transcription of data, assisting with the analysis of data and the drafting of research reports. It will demystify the research process and ground doctoral students' understanding of research in the real-world as well as offer an insight into academic work and employment more generally.Optional

How you are assessed

Assessment and feedback are structured to identify students' existing strengths and constructively highlights areas for further academic development. Thesis and viva examination forms the final assessment.

In addition, students 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, and 'PechaKucha' sessions).

Further details of assessment for each course, and information about how particular kinds of work are supported academically, can be found in the individual module specifications.

Assessment and feedback are structured to identify students' existing strengths and constructively highlights areas for further academic development. Thesis and viva examination forms the final assessment.

In addition, students 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, and 'PechaKucha' sessions).

Further details of assessment for each course, and information about how particular kinds of work are supported academically, can be found in the individual module specifications.

Career and Personal Development

The PhD (Professional) Education aims to enable individuals to make a significant 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.

Features

A key feature of the PhD (Professional) Education is the School’s 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, and when they are constantly challenged to refine their understanding of key concepts in the field of education, alongside personal development of their research ideas. Emphasis 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.

Students will be allocated an academic supervisor as soon as they commence the programme and will meet with them on a regular basis. This person will have a key role in providing individual support throughout the programme. Face-to-face supervision takes place at study schools, and support is offered through electronic means or by telephone in between.

Applicants are encouraged to review the research profiles of academic staff in the School of Education and where possible, align their research topics with our existing expertise. Over the years, we have supervised a wide range of theses, many of which are listed on our website.

Interviews

Applicants will be selected for interview on the basis of their application and research proposal.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

In addition to the stated qualifications required, applicants are required to submit a research proposal with their application. For guidance on writing a research proposal, please visit: http://bit.ly/WritingAResearchProposal. For information about potential PhD supervisors in the School of Education, please visit https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/education/schoolstaff

Entry Requirements 2023-24

First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

In addition to the stated qualifications required, applicants are required to submit a research proposal with their application. For guidance on writing a research proposal, please visit: http://bit.ly/WritingAResearchProposal. For information about potential PhD supervisors in the School of Education, please visit https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/education/schoolstaff

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Programme-Specific Additional Costs

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme. This takes place in the evening, online, over eight weeks in semester A and again in semester B (typically a Wednesday). In addition, there is a one-day (Saturday) study school in Lincoln (UK) in late October and again in late February, and a three-day study school (Monday-Wednesday in late July). We do our best to ensure that the times and dates are outside of working hours and during school holidays. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while attending study schools.

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Programme-Specific Additional Costs

All students are expected to attend scheduled teaching on the programme. This takes place in the evening, online, over eight weeks in semester A and again in semester B (typically a Wednesday). In addition, there is a one-day (Saturday) study school in Lincoln (UK) in late October and again in late February, and a three-day study school (Monday-Wednesday in late July). We do our best to ensure that the times and dates are outside of working hours and during school holidays. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while attending study schools.

Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

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.