The PhD (Professional) Education is a doctoral research programme of equivalent standing to the traditional Doctor of Philosophy, with a focus on research and professional practice. The course is designed for current and future educators who wish to conduct original research relating to their professional context or area of educational practice, and aims to support the dissemination, development, and management of a range of professional practice and policy development. Students will undertake three core modules, two optional modules, and a research component where they can conduct field work, analyse their data in light of existing knowledge, and write a thesis for examination. During the taught stage, core modules aim to support students in identifying their specific research questions through a critical review of the literature; develop the requisite knowledge, understanding, and practical skills in appropriate research methods; and produce a compelling rationale and plan for conducting a substantive piece of original research. Optional modules present opportunities for further learning, while the research component involves rigorous data collection and analysis to produce a 60,000-word thesis that systematically presents research, learning, and contribution to knowledge. Throughout the duration of the programme, students will be part of a diverse, supportive, and intellectually challenging research environment in the School of Education. In addition to the programme requirements, all students are encouraged to engage in broader postgraduate training opportunities, present their work to academic audiences, and communicate the significance of their research to colleagues and peers.
During the taught stage, students will be assessed through written assignments, portfolios, and presentations. Students will also need to successfully complete a viva examination. Supervisors will provide regular feedback and grades to mark their progress through the curricula. In addition, students should expect to participate in formative peer review of each other’s ideas and work throughout the programme through active group discussion and a variety of presentation methods (e.g. annual student conference presentations, poster sessions, 'PechaKucha' sessions). The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.
First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience. International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.
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|Northern Ireland||£4688||Year 1|
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