Through its Hibernia/Plymouth Research Node, the College now offers the opportunity for further academic development by working towards a PhD through either full-time (4 years) or part-time (6 years) research.
Students undertaking a Hibernia College PhD will automatically be part of the Plymouth Institute of Education, with doctorates awarded by Plymouth University, and will be registered with both Plymouth University and Hibernia College.
This programme is for you if you have a particular research question or topic in mind in the field of education, and wish to explore this through independent study in order to produce an original contribution to the subject.
It is suited to those who are practising teachers, or those working in the wider education field, with a passion to pursue their studies further. This research-based doctorate also provides a solid foundation for those aspiring to a research career or an academic career.
This programme is not a taught doctoral programme (EdD), nor is it a professional doctorate and there is no mandatory taught or directed study element to the programme. However, PhD students may participate in modules offered through the Hibernia College Masters programmes and attend the Plymouth University graduate training programmes.
PhD candidates are expected to attend regular supervision meetings and to conduct an annual training needs analysis with supervisors. This identifies which training event or research seminars it would be appropriate for them to attend as part of their research training and professional development as researchers.
Both students and their supervisory team will be required to meet four times per year when registered full-time (3 times per year if part-time) as stipulated in the Plymouth University online Student Log.
These sessions will include the assessment of research progress in the preceding 3-4 months and that planned for the subsequent 3-4 months, a review of personal skills development and public outputs of the research programme. The location of these mandatory supervisory sessions will be decided by the supervisory team.
What do Hibernia College and Plymouth University provide?
Hibernia provides administrative and academic support for the advancement and supervision of doctoral research leading to the award of PhD from Plymouth University Institute of Education.
In practical terms, this means Hibernia provides support for the progression and welfare of the PhD student through the Director of Studies (first supervisor), access to the student support services, a wider research community, research events (seminars and conferences), the opportunity to take part in modules on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning and a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with forums, information and support.
Plymouth University is the awarding institution and provides support to the PhD programme through the second supervisor, access to the Doctoral Training Centre for skills training, Plymouth University library, and a wider international research community.