Doctoral Program in Humanities and Social Sciences in Scotland in United Kingdom

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Humanities and Social Sciences

A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.

A PhD in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences focuses on human thoughts and culture. It is an advanced level of education, often focusing on student teacher relationships, advanced research methods, and higher tier courses.

Education in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter with each of the countries of the United Kingdom having separate systems under different governments: the UK Government is responsible for England, and the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive are responsible for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, respectively.

Scotland is at the north of Great Britain and has over 790 islands. The capital is Edinburgh, one of the largest financial centers. Their educational system has always been distinct from the rest of UK. Scotland has 15 universities, some of which are oldest in the world.

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PhD in TESOL Research

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 8 years September 2017 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

New for 2016, the PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Research is a unique programme, offered at the University of Stirling. This ground-breaking programme will develop your research skills to a professional level, which is characteristic of a PhD degree, and support your learning through seven modules, a feature of taught doctorates. [+]

Doctorates in Humanities and Social Sciences in Scotland in United Kingdom. New for 2016, the PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Research is a unique programme, offered at the University of Stirling. This ground-breaking programme will develop your research skills to a professional level, which is characteristic of a PhD degree, and support your learning through seven modules, a feature of taught doctorates. During your time at Stirling, your learning will be facilitated by tutors who have extensive expertise in TESOL, research methods and/or educational theories. This is a novel PhD programme across the UK, which is entirely dedicated to TESOL Research. If you are interested in investigating language use, teaching and/or learning, this PhD programme will be of interest to you. The PhD will challenge the boundaries of your academic knowledge and will be a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. Is a PhD in TESOL Research for me? This program will appeal to you should you wish to develop your research skills and to become an autonomous researcher. Our PhD in TESOL Research will provide you with an opportunity to go beyond what would be required from a Master’s of Research (MRes) and an Educational Doctorate (EdD) in that you will produce a more substantial 60,000-word thesis. Before embarking on your thesis investigation, the program will foster your research skill development through seven taught modules on TESOL, research methods and educational theories. This academic support is one of the key differences between the University of Stirling’s PhD in TESOL Research and other comparable PhD programs currently on offer in the UK. By attaining a PhD you will achieve something significant. This qualification will mark you out as an expert researcher in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will achieve new skills in understanding complex matters, sharpen your problem solving abilities, increase your confidence as a researcher and expand your knowledge of the field while also enjoying the PhD experience, which is an often overlooked aspect of the process. The academic environment at Stirling will not only give you freedom and challenges, but it will also provide you with numerous chances for intellectual debate with fellow experts. Your PhD journey will shape your future like no other qualification – academically, professionally and personally. TOP Reasons To Study With Us Educational research has a long and much admired history at the University of Stirling. In The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Education had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish University, with 100% of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent. You will make an original contribution to scholarship and will be awarded the title of PhD in TESOL Research, a unique qualification that highlights your thorough knowledge in this area. You will be affiliated with Education within the Faculty of Social Sciences, an excitingly vibrant academic division, which is consistently ranked within the top 10 in the UK across all ranking tables. Because of the distinctive design of this PhD programme, you will be supported in your knowledge/research development process from the very start of your studies. You will benefit from a flexible programme delivered intensively (mostly on Fridays), allowing you to read and research extensively. Course objectives This unique PhD programme provides you with an ideal opportunity to develop your knowledge and research skills in TESOL in a multicultural environment. It will be of interest to those who have a background in Languages, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or a related field as well as to language teaching practitioners who have a keen interest in research. As a student on the programme, you will have the chance to investigate a topic of your choice in a systematic and thorough way. You will have access to numerous options for further development offered by the Stirling Graduate School and by the Faculty of Social Sciences. TESOL students are also invited to our reading group meetings as well as to our English Language Teaching and Research (ELTR) events, which are delivered by leading researchers/professionals. On completion, you will be a well-rounded professional researcher who has knowledge of the wider educational field, is proficient in the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods, has the skills needed to research any area within TESOL, and is able to make a contribution to scholarly knowledge and professional practice. What makes us different? ... [-]

Doctorate in Education EdD

University of Stirling
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 3 - 8 years January 2017 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

A Professional Doctorate in Education is rewarding and challenging, and can even be a life-changing experience. At Stirling, you will join a multi-professional group of students and academics focussing on research that has a beneficial impact on professional practice and policy. [+]

Whatever your professional interest in education—from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development—a Professional Doctorate (EdD) may be the right choice for you. A Professional Doctorate in Education is rewarding and challenging, and can even be a life-changing experience. At Stirling, you will join a multi-professional group of students and academics focussing on research that has a beneficial impact on professional practice and policy. Top Reasons To Study With Us You will be contributing to the overall research capacity in Education, thereby making a difference to practice and/or policy. You will gain a Professional Doctorate from the Faculty of Social sciences which one of the best in the UK and was the first in Scotland to offer an EdD. You will be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of research by expert researchers in Education and the Social Sciences. You will be introduced to leading edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional environment. You will have the benefits of a flexible programme that supports you through different stages of the research process. Course objectives The Doctor in Education (EdD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences is an ideal professional development opportunity for senior professionals seeking to enhance and utilise their research expertise. Professionals taking our EdD come from a wide variety of fields and countries but all share a concern with education and professional learning in organisational settings such as schools and further / higher education, in social or health-related organisations, or in private and government bodies. The EdD will enable you to develop research on your own chosen topics in ways that are deeply connected to important professional interests, practices, policies and impacts. Like the PhD, the EdD meets the requirements for the production of a significant, original and rigorous contribution to the field. Distinctively, the EdD programme commences with taught modules before the supervised research phases commence. The taught modules look at theories and paradigms of research and orientations to methodology and inquiry. The EdD leads into the production of a 45,000 word thesis under expert supervision by Education staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences. What makes us different? Entry requirements Academic requirements To be considered for admission to the degree, a candidate will normally have a good honours degree in Education or cognate subject from a Higher Education institution in the United Kingdom, or a degree of equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom. Exceptionally, a candidate with learning gained through extensive relevant professional experience may be considered for admission. Candidates are expected to have good numeracy skills and a willingness to engage in depth and breadth with statistical analysis. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Delivery and assessment The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is an innovative inter-disciplinary programme, offered on a flexible full and part-time basis by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Modules are taught on a face-to-face and blended basis. Summative assessment for modules will be based on coursework and will be assessed through assignments approximately 3000 words in. length. The programme comprises seven core taught modules, followed by the conduct of an empirical study focussed on an aspect of professional practice and the production of a doctoral thesis of 45,000 words. Career opportunities Previous students of the EdD have included: school teachers and Further Education staff, senior leaders in Education and Further Education, TESOL professionals, and professional educators in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, accountancy, surveying and life sciences. These students have drawn extensively on their newly developed research capacity and original studies to impact on their personal, organizational, and wider professional spheres of practice and policy. [-]

Doctor of Diplomacy (DDipl)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Stirling

A highlight of our doctoral studies programme is the unique DDipl (Doctor of Diplomacy) degree. It is unique because it is specially designed for working professionals and is taught at a range of venues, often with direct input from senior practitioners. The course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise. [+]

Doctorates in Humanities and Social Sciences in Scotland in United Kingdom. A highlight of our doctoral studies programme is the unique DDipl (Doctor of Diplomacy) degree. It is unique because it is specially designed for working professionals and is taught at a range of venues, often with direct input from senior practitioners. The course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise. A unique feature of the face-to-face aspect of the course is weekend seminars allowing maximum opportunity for discussion of key issues, linked with the use of multiple study venues in London, Brussels, Moscow and Washington DC, to name just some. The DDipl consists of two parts. The taught part will last two academic years for a full-time student. In their final year, PhD candidates will complete a thesis in which they will reflect on pertinent issues of diplomacy in light of the theory and conceptual knowledge they have gained over the course of their degree as well as independent research. What makes us different? Entry requirements Academic requirements A minimum of a second-class Honours degree or equivalent (2.1 degree or equivalent preferred) in a relevant subject with a minimum of six years professional experience in a relevant context and/or A Masters qualification in a relevant subject with a minimum of three years professional experience in a relevant context (merit degree or equivalent preferred) Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work/life experience are encouraged to apply English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Structure and content Common to all professional doctorates is the completion of an original piece of research. The research is presented as a thesis (or as part of a thesis) which is examined by an expert in the chosen field. Usually the research project would relate to real life issues concerned with professional practice. In many cases research is carried out within the student’s own organisation. Most professional doctorates include a substantial taught or directed study element, which is formally assessed and could also be taken à la carte by those who wish to acquire specific skills. These components frequently include both the teaching of research methods, and also components related to broadening or deepening the students' understanding of the disciplines in which they are researching. They can also provide students with appropriate transferable skills to enhance their professional practice. Students take three core modules at level 11 in research methods, face-to-face-inquiry-methods and diplomatic negotiation and choose three from a list of elective modules, ranging from diplomatic history to new media and communication for diplomats. Delivery and assessment Modules will be delivered flexibly in weekend seminars. These require a significant amount of independent preparation and study. The modules are assessed through both an essay on selected case studies, as well as brief policy papers or blogs that apply concepts and theories to real-life scenarios. Modules (1) DIPPRM: Research methods (core) (40 credits, Level 11) (2) DIPPFI: Face-to-face inquiry methods (core) (40 credits, Level 11) (3) DIPPDN: Diplomatic negotiation (core) (40 credits, Level 11) and at least three elective modules (E) (40 credits each at level 12) from: DIPPDH: Diplomatic history: its role and relevance to today’s issues DIPPGP: Global problems in national or international settings DIPPIP: International political economy DIPPNM: New media and communication for diplomats Doctor of Diplomacy candidates will produce a thesis of 40,000-60,000 words (maximum) The thesis will be expected to make an original contribution to knowledge and will be judged by the convincing evidence it offers of competent and independent scholarship and research, wide and critical reading, and an ability to relate academic knowledge to professional interests. A student must submit the thesis for examination within the maximum period of study and shall undergo an oral examination on the thesis and related topics. A candidate may submit only once a revised thesis for examination. Strengths This is the first professional doctorate in diplomacy in Europe. It is taught and delivered by number of leading academics and practitioners in a range from fields, from history and politics over law to business and management. The only such programme in Europe, if not the world. Uniquely combines academic rigour with the demands of diplomacy in practice. Flexibility: modules can be taken on a bespoke basis, and timing is such that it allows students to combine the degree with a busy international career. Direct involvement of senior diplomats and businessmen. Career opportunities Successful completion of the course leads to careers in: diplomacy international organisations international non-governmental organisations international business finance commerce and industry [-]