The Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies is part-time and is tailored to the needs of a diverse range of professionals and is delivered through interactive and innovative methods including electronic resources, online discussion forums and, in the near future, podcasts.
The modules are delivered in the University's Postgraduate Centre at the Graduate School. 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.
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 alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queen's University Belfast (QUB) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
You can apply until:
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Students are required to take eight taught modules, four of which are core and four of which are chosen from a menu of options, plus a dissertation.
The four core modules are:
These modules are designed to ensure that students acquire interdisciplinary, theoretical and methodological research knowledge within the field of Childhood Studies. Other modules offer students the opportunity to explore in greater depth specific issues such as childhood, rights and justice, and childhood developmental disorders. Different options are available in each year.
Each module is assessed by an assignment (maximum 5,000 words). The research aspect of the programme is assessed by a dissertation of 45,000 words on a research study in the student's chosen specialist area.
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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.
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International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
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.
The DEL Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund which may provide financial assistance to students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, who encounter financial difficulty whilst studying
Students who are not eligible for the DEL Student Support Fund will be considered for an award from the University’s Hardship Fund. There is a smaller amount of money available within the Hardship Fund, so circumstances must be exceptional for an award to be made.
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