Structure and modules
In Part One (Years one and two) the modules taken are:
- PCOD: Policy, Change and Organisational Development
- ELW: Education, Learning and Work
- LTA: Learning Teaching and Assessment
These are the core modules and you write one assignment for each, of around 7,000 words, receiving detailed feedback on a first draft from your tutor before final submission.
These assignments are chosen by you and if you wish to you can submit them for publication in an academic journal. The PhD operates on a publish-as-you-go model. This is helpful to you in a number of ways, and is a distinguishing characteristic of this PhD programme.
These core modules run sequentially, each for around 7 months, each with sessions at three of the residentials. There are four residentials per year in Part One.
You are supported in Part One by two further subsidiary modules:
- Module A: Research Methods and Philosophy of Social Sciences
- Module B: In-practice Learning and Development
Here the assessment is designed to be formative and helpful for the core modules.
Modules A and B run for the whole length of the Part One. Module A is the primary means through which we support the student's acquisition of research skills. It is oriented towards the world of academic research. Module B is oriented towards the professional concerns of the participants.
All modules are completed by the end of the second year - Part One of the programme.
Progression from Part One to Part Two is dependent upon successful completion of all Part One modules. In addition programme members need to successfully complete the PhD confirmation process by producing a confirmation document. This is assessed by a confirmation panel and in some cases involves a face-to-face meeting with the candidate to explore their research plans for Part Two. Alternatively candidates may study at MPhil level.
In Part Two (Years three and four) the focus is on researching and writing your thesis:
In Part Two students research and write their thesis (around 45,000 words). A supervisor or supervisors support them in this and the residentials are increasingly oriented to one-to-one supervision of this research.
There is one subsidiary module to help you in this:
- Module C - Researching and Reflecting on Post-Compulsory Educational Practice
Module C addresses the specific research skills needed by programme members in their Part Two research. It also considers the nature of professional practice in the post-compulsory educational sector and the significance of its character for research approaches.