• PhD FlyerAre you interested in undertaking research that will enhance your potential as an academic or researcher?
  • Are you a professional that wants to make a positive difference to your field?
  • Are you interested in studying at one of the UK’s top 20 universities?* 

If YES, we are interested in hearing from you

*(The Guardian, May 2008), which ranked second in Scotland for all-round student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, January 2009)

About

About

Our PhD programme is unique as it is geared to support academics and professionals from different disciplines, especially those who value inter-professional collaboration within the settings of education, social work, and community learning and development.                  

Our PhD students come from all over the world and there is a strong community that students can draw on academically and non-academically.

Students can study our PhD programme at a distance, Internationally, enabling students to carry on with their careers in their home countries. Please contact our Research Administrator for more information: ESW-research@dundee.ac.uk

We provide Research Methods and Generic Skills Training and students are assigned two supervisors (relevant to the area of a students’ PhD) who meet with them regularly.  Supervision can take place by telephone, email and video conferencing.  Guidance can also be drawn from other relevant members of staff with specific expertise. 

The University Code of Practice for Supervised Postgraduate Research provides clear guidance on your responsibilities as a student and how you will be supported.  Students also receive a School Student Handbook which provides further detail.

PhD students also have access to doctoral student office accommodation, high quality IT facilities, telephones, printing/photocopying and access to financial support to attend research conferences.

You can study on this programme full or part-time.  Full-time normally takes three years and part-time normally takes 5 years although there can be some flexibility depending on a candidate’s circumstances.

Part-Time Distance Learning Doctorate for International Students

Students can also study our Part-Time Distance Learning Doctorate for International Students enabling students to carry on with their careers in their home countries.

Please contact our Research Administrator for more information:ESW-research@dundee.ac.uk

Research Interests

Research Interests

There is a broad range of research interests in education and welfare professions within the School.

To find out more about our research themes please visit our Research Centres pages. The themes listed there may indicate which members of staff may be allocated to supervise your research. 

Support

Support

1. How will my progress be monitored?
Your progress will be monitored in a variety of ways:
Supervision
Students meet with their supervisors at least every month to support and guide students through their Professional Doctorates.
Presentations and fora 
From time to time students are expected to make presentations about their work to other students and staff.  This aims to help support students with their work and to build on their work so far. There are also online fora for students to discuss issues relating to their research.
Thesis Monitoring Committee
A Doctoral student’s progress is monitored by an independent Thesis Monitoring Committee within the School.  This Committee consists of at least two members of staff not concerned with a student’s supervision and it meets twice per year for full time students, and one per year for part-time students.
A doctoral candidate is registered initially as a research student. S/he then transfers to a PhD/DEd/DSW/DCLD after transfer from Ordinance 12 to 39 (now known as an Upgrade Review). This normally takes place between 9 months to 1 year of starting the studies for a full time student and 18 months to 2 years for a part time student.
Viva
At the end of study, students undertake an examining process called Viva Voce to present  their thesis to an Examination Board who will determine whether a student’s work is of a high enough standard to be awarded a PhD.
2. What academic skills support will I receive?
We provide Research Methods and Generic Skills Training and students are assigned two supervisors (relevant to the area of a students’ doctorate) who meet with them regularly.  Supervision can take place by telephone, email and video conferencing.  Guidance can also be drawn from other relevant members of staff with specific expertise.
3. How will I be guided through the process of studying for a PhD?
The University Code of Practice for Supervised Postgraduate Research provides clear guidance on your responsibilities as a student and how you will be supported.  Students also receive a School Student Handbook which provides further detail.
4. What facilities will I have access to?
Professional Doctorates students have access to doctoral student office accommodation, high quality IT facilities, telephones, printing/photocopying and access to financial support to attend research conferences.

Enquiries & Applications

Entry Requirements

International students are required to achieve an IELTS score of at least a 6.5 in each component.

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/entry-requirements/

Enquiries & Applications

Apply to study in our PhD programme

Current PhD Students

 

The School of Education & Social Work currently have over 51 students studying on a doctoral research programme. Below are short profiles from some of our students:

 

Rahmat Budiman

Home country: Indonesia

Thesis title: Factors that affect student achievement in English writing courses in distance learning context

Supervisors: Dr Alison Hudson and Professor Keith Topping

 

 

 

Rahimah Saimin

Home Country: Malaysia

Thesis Title: The Use of Short Videos - Effect on Children's Language and  Literacy Skills

Supervisors: Professor Keith Topping and Dr Linda Corlett

 

 

 

Daisy  Nwaozuzu

Home Counrtry: Nigeria

Thesis Title: School transitions: The effectiveness of information and communication technology on generic skills development among secondary school pupils in Scotland

Supervisors: Dr Ian Barron and Dr Liz Lakin