Course aims

The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for experienced professionals to become autonomous researchers and to gain deeper and more critical insight into their own and others' professional practices and concerns.

The main objectives are to enable the programme participant to:

  • acquire competency as an autonomous researcher, able to plan and carry out research, and use and disseminate its outcomes and implications
  • make an original contribution to knowledge through their own research
  • understand the nature, origins and uses of theory and of theoretical frameworks
  • analyse their working situation with the help of insights from theory, empirical research and practitioner-generated knowledge
  • evaluate and apply the research of others to issues emerging in their working situation
  • understand academic research as a form of professional practice, complementary to and in conversation with other communities of practice
  • demonstrate intellectual leadership by developmental, managerial or dissemination activity across communities of practice