Part time Doctorate Program in Political Science in Scotland in United Kingdom

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Political Science

The most popular doctorate is the Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D. Ph.D.s and other study doctorates prepare graduate student to launch new plans that add to the common knowledge base of the field. Candidates for and holders of Ph.D.s often seek professions as professors and researchers, but many also go on to different roles in the charitable, public, and private sectors.

Political Science PhD students are advancing political science as a discipline. They explore the empirical phenomena that give birth to new scholarly insights—insights that change for the better the way governments and societies function.

UK, United Kingdom is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK has been a centre of learning for the past 1,000 years and possesses many ancient and distinguished universities. Foreign students make up a significant proportion of the student body at UK universities.

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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Doctor of Diplomacy (DDipl)

University of Stirling
Campus 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. [+]

Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Political Science 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 [-]