Education (PhD) 2017-18

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The Research Degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full-time PhD is a three year full-time programme of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a sense of great personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.


Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.

Duration:

The maximum duration for a full time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

•  Master's degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or

•  appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
Email: researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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What can I research?

Research topics available for this degree:

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria.

Research titleSupervisorsApply
A critical analysis of staff experiences of working in the further education (FE) sector in England.
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would critically analyse staff experiences of working in the FE sector in England. It might investigate aspects of staff and student relations, teaching and learning, or the management of change – although there is the potential to focus on other aspects of FE.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants for MA by research would normally be expected to have a 2i degree in a relevant discipline; PhD applicants would normally be expected to hold a masters’ degree in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Adult literacy and numeracy: policy, practice and pedagogy
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues drawn from the following broad areas: the impact of international, national and local policies on pedagogy and practice; effective teaching, learning and assessment strategies; the overall impact of programmes on the participants’ identities.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Assessment for Learning
Outline
Across any key stage and post compulsory settings, how is assessment for learning embedded and what strategies are successful to reduce disengagement?
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Blended Learning for Adult Learners
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would explore effective blended learning for adult learners undertaking vocationally relevant, part-time, higher education, study.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.

(No supervisors found for this project)

How to apply
Corruption in Education
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine – in particular- the interaction between institutions and individuals from minoritised backgrounds in respect of their promotion, career progression. .
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Critical analyses of post-secondary education and lifelong learning, vocationalism and teacher professionalism.
Outline
Students may focus on particular themes/questions: • Social justice and vocational education and training. • The lived experience of teachers and learners in post-secondary education and training • The political economy of the education and training sector • Critical analyses of the policy context within which post-secondary education is placed
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have an MA and 2i or a First in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Critiquing public participation in local decision making: international perspectives in the post-modern era.
Outline
This project, which could cover any community (e.g. geographical, community of interest or association), would examine the factors contributing towards effective public participation in local decision-making. This work should critique UK policy and practice in comparison with that in other comparable countries.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a II(i) degree or extensive experience in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Cross-cultural approaches/issues in researching educational leadership
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues that influence/ impact the practice of school leaders in multiple country contexts. Emphasis is equally focused on cross-cultural methodological approaches as well as to the issues to be examined.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Culture and communication. The focus of such study could be how culture and subcultures and cultural methodologies contribute to a fuller picture of the way we experience the environment in which we live and the landscape that surrounds us.
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be within the context of education or the wider community, nationally or internationally.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Education and popular culture. The focus of such study could be the representation of school, young people or teachers in film or television or in literature.
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could include the use of the media in curriculum and pedagogy as well as the social and cultural implications of representation.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. The focus of such study could be the teaching of English language or literature or of TESOL or TEFL.
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be at any level of engagement school or higher education and might include international delivery.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Investigating criterial features at different CEFR levels
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how criterial features can be identified at different CEFR levels.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
  • Susan Sheehan
How to apply
Mental health and wellbeing for schools, colleges and universities.
Outline
Mental health and wellbeing for schools, colleges and universities. Looking at how pupils and students understand wellbeing . How are mental health issues managed in education.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Narrative enquiry. Story is fundamental to the way in which we share experiences. I am interested in cross disciplinary ways in which our storied existences can be represented
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be within the context of education or the wider community, nationally or internationally..
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Promoting access and retention in Higher Education
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues drawn from the following broad areas: The role of staff and peer relationships in promoting retention; the impact of different policy conceptualisations of social justice on access to higher education; the impact of class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality etc. on outcomes
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Race and Educational Leadership
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the issue of race in relation to access to leadership role for minoritised groups in education. Furthermore, this project will examine the likely impact of minoritised groups in leadership roles in education.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Teacher Migration & Identity
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of policies related to the employment of Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs), as well as the experiences, impact and progression of OTTs in England/UK. Projects will be framed in the context of Social Identity Theory and/or Race.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Teaching assistants becoming qualified teachers.
Outline
Teaching assistants becoming qualified teachers. The transition from para- professional to professional.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
The History of Youth Work in Yorkshire
Outline
The project uses archive materials held by The Youth Association as the starting point for discussions of the work of organisations such as the Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs and the West Riding Youth Association.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better. They should have either a degree Youth and Community Work and be interested in history OR a degree in history with an interest in youth work.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
The interaction between Educational Policy and the practice of School Leadership
Outline
This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of policies in education (e.g.: in relation to teacher recruitment; principal development) and how these influence/ impact the practice of school leadership.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
The role of Education in Countering Extremism
Outline
This project will seek to investigate how educators in case study settings are interpreting and implementing the ‘Prevent legal duty’ and what pedagogical approaches they are taking to counter the attraction of extremist ideologies for young people
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Masters level applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Theorising ‘professional love’ in community development and work with children / young people.
Outline
This project seeks to clarify the extent to which professional practice in community development or/and work with children and young people is informed by professional values, in particular the ethic of love. This project can be collaborative in nature, allowing for multiple professional perspectives and international contexts to be incorporated into the enquiry.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a II(i) degree or extensive experience in a relevant discipline.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply
Youth Work with Roma Young People in Yorkshire
Outline
The project aims to explore ways in which the cultural outlooks, held by young people from Roma communities, have an impact on their attitudes to education. It also seeks to identify the extent to which detached youth work methods have potential to play a part in altering attitudes.
Eligibility
This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in a relevant discipline such as Youth and Community Work.
Funding
There is no funding associated with this project.
How to apply

The main topic areas that can be supervised in the subject area are:

•  Policy

•  Professional Identities

•  Pedagogies

You are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.

To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.

You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and there is guidance for PhD applicants. When this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

The following research titles give an indication of the breadth of research:

•  Transformational Leadership in Saudi Higher Education: A Study of Academic Deans.

•  Investigating classroom learner-centredness in an Omani context: how does it address foreign language acquisition?

•  Through Children's Eyes and in Children's Voices:A Study of how literacy works for children in international school setting

•  A critical investigation to determine the education needs of Practice Teachers

•  Testing Fluency in ESL/EFL in CLT:A Libyan Preparatory School Students' Perspective

•  Learning Experiences and Learning Expectations of Libyan master's students at UK University:Intercultural Adaptation and Identity

•  Exploring ESP/EAP Learning and Target Needs of Engineering Students in Oman

•  Investigating Libyan Teachers and Inspectors of English to CLT as well as Communication

•  Problems faced by Libyan Learners of English.

•  Problem-based learning in Islamic education in the formal curriculum: A case study of secondary girls' education in the Kingdom of Bahrain

•  Youth work's contribution to provision for young people with mental health issues in the borough of Bury, Greater Manchester

•  Impact of a Forest School approach to support children's learning and development

•  Exploring the relative effect of working memory capacity and attitudes on academic achievement in GCSE physics

•  '...expected to produce cows when you are given sheep...': Investigating teachers' and stakeholders' perceptions of and attitudes to the provision of a high quality and effective educational experience through a robust teaching community of practice.

•  Metaphors for Teaching and Learning in the Reflective Practice of Trainee Teachers in the Lifelong Learning

•  Influence of Neoliberalism on Vietnams Higher Education Policies. Cases of Hanoi University and Hanoi University of Science and Technology

•  Comparing leadership in effectiveness and less effective high school in Jamaica

•  Art teachers' professional identities and attitudes to promotion: a narrative study

•  Mature students, Resistance, and Higher Vocational Education: A multiple cast study

•  Envisioning Inclusive Education: A Complex Narrative of Inclusive Vision and the Self Through

•  Professional Experiences of Greek Head-Teachers

•  Techniques of Dialogue and Guided Reflection in Architectural Education

•  The narratives of teachers with dyslexia: professional identity, practice and career progression

•  What are the attitudes and perceptions of pupils, teachers and parents to the use of corporal punishment in schools in Zimbabwe?

•  Investigation into the role of public libraries in facilitating lifelong learning activities: Regional case studies from the North of England

•  Impact of Primary Teachers' Professional Autonomy and Knowledge on the Teaching of Reading Teacher educators working together to develop the use of modelling in their practice: an action research project

•  The nursing profession and graduate status in England: some perspectives from health educators and student nurses 2012 - 2014

•  My Music or Yours Miss? Cross-Cultural Paths to Inclusive Music Education

•  The role of informal learning within medieval re-enactment in the UK

•  Differentiating Regionalised Higher Education Programs and Management by Emphasising on Local Knowledge Creation through Local Social Context and Geography:A Case Study in Universities along the Thai Border

•  Attitudes to Internet Safety: Trust and Digital Literacy in Parents of Reception Aged Children

•  What are the influencing factors associated with learning for assessments of undergraduate students from different health courses in a Higher Education Institution.

•  An exploration of the extent of a sense of commitment to home cultures and relevant cultural groups among Chinese international students in British taught postgraduate education and the resulting influences on their overseas learning.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £4,165 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Scholarships

Please visit our webpages to check if you are eligible for the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for University of Huddersfield graduates.

The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.

International

All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form. Additional details are also available that will assist you with making your decision and progressing to application.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words that outlines the focus of the planned research. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

Additional information that will be required in order to progress your application to review/interview include:

•  Evidence of academic qualifications

•  Evidence of English Language proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English

•  Copy of your passport or equivalent identification, dependent upon your nationality

•  References from at least 2 referees that must be on letter headed paper and signed.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research programme

Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge.Attendance at the Doctor of Education taught programme is encouraged.This is Saturday delivery and is for input only with modules of:

•  Educational Research Theory and Methodology

•  Developing Research Proposals in Educational

•  Evaluating Research Fields and Designs

•  Data Collection and Analysis

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

Research skills training

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the university's Virtual Learning Environment.

Research supervision

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.


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