The professional doctorate in Social and Public Policy, from Cardiff University, is a part-time doctoral research degree. It is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented, focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.
While the PhD generally prepares candidates for a research-based career, the professional doctorate is a more in-service orientated degree, addressing the career needs of practising professionals, particularly those in or who aspire to senior positions within their professions. The linkages between research-based knowledge and its application in a wide range of professional settings are central to this doctorate.
The SPPD taught modules are designed to respond to the developmental needs and interests of those employed within UK regional government and local authorities, as well as research institutions (both statutory and independent) with a professional interest in social and public policy.
The modules prepare students to make informed judgements on complex issues such as the successful construction and operation of ‘multi-level’ and ‘inclusive’ governance and its implications for policy-making; negotiating the requirements of equal opportunities legislation; and administration responsibilities in public policy settings. The modules draw on a range of theoretical perspectives and explore empirical studies that relate to the public, private and voluntary sectors.
- Changing Modes of Professionalism
- Research Design
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Citizenship and Social Policy
- Evaluation: Developing and Evaluating Interventions in Complex Social Systems
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
- Apply before
DisciplinesSocial Work Sociology Public Policy View 36 other PhDs in Social Work in United Kingdom
- Personal statement
- Research proposal
- an indicative title for the proposed study
- a brief summary of research that has already been undertaken in the field, addressing key relevant literature and research, and demonstrating engagement with a diverse range of sources
- a statement of the aims of the proposed research within the context of 2 above
- potential specific research questions to be addressed by the study, ideally no more than two or three
- an outline of the proposed research design and methodology, including information on prospective research access, sampling, and methods of data collection - try to include a plan for a three-year timetable
- an indicative bibliography.
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Living costs for Cardiff
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