Doctorate in Childhood Studies, DChild, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15200
    Tuition (Year)
    5500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild) aims to enable experienced professionals working with children and/or young people to build on their professional expertise by developing skills in critical analysis, writing, research, evaluation and evidence-informed practice.

About

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 can avail of additional specialist training courses and opportunities for networking that are offered by the postgraduate centre and other events run at Queen’s University Belfast.

Accreditation

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average duration 96 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      4-8 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Core modules

  •  Psychological Approaches to Researching Childhood 
  •  Sociological Approaches to Understanding Children and Childhood
  •  Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory
  •  Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory 
  •  Children’s Rights: Research and Practice 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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. 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.

Work Experience

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15200 International
  • GBP 5500 EU/EEA

Funding

DEL Student Support Fund

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

  • All full-time and part-time (50% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply.
  • Undergraduate students must have taken out their maximum Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan entitlement.
  • All postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have organised sufficient funding for their course.
University’s Hardship Fund

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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.