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Childhood Studies - Research

Overview

The Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild) is a partly taught and partly research based Professional Doctorate which has proved to be both successful and convenient for middle and senior managers and other professionals who wish to further their careers by enhancing their academic knowledge and research skills through developing and expanding on their existing expertise.

You can undertake pathways through taught modules that have an emphasis on child care/child protection; children and education; and children/young people and youth justice.

It 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 outcomes.

World Class Facilities

•The modules are delivered in the University's Graduate School.

Internationally Renowned Experts

•This unique programme is delivered by leading international academic experts in specialist fields including sociology, law, social work, psychology and education.

Student Experience

•The Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies is delivered through interactive and innovative methods including electronic resources, online discussion forums and, in the near future, podcasts.

•Credit Transfer Participants who have completed a Master’s degree within the last 10 years that involved a substantive element of educational research methods training, including a research-based dissertation or project, may be eligible to transfer credit (a maximum of one module).

•You can can avail of additional specialist training courses and opportunities for networking that are offered by the Graduate School 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.

Students who register on the professional doctorate programme are employed in senior management positions in the fields of social work, social care, social science research, education and youth justice in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the UK and internationally.

Obtaining the professional doctorate has enabled candidates to secure addional repsonsbiliities in existing posts and to move to new posts. For others the doctorate has been instrumental in securing their permanent postion and/or enhancing their promotion within their organisation.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Applicants should hold a primary degree (normally 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 be asked to attend for interview. 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 children, young people and their families. 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.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

6 years

The programme content is delivered intensively through group teaching in two and a half day blocks (usually Thursday-Saturday lunchtime).

Further enquiries

People teaching you
Dr Karen Winter 
DChild Programme Director
SSESW
Email: k.winter@qub.ac.uk Dr Karen Winter is a qualified social worker. Her research interest arre children and young people known to and in the care of social services.

Application date

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31st July 2018.

Late applications may be considered.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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