Professional Doctorate in Social Work

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Professional Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

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Degrees available: Degree Length of study Part-time Professional Doctorate (DSW) The majority of part-time candidates will complete in 4 years. The usual minimum is 3 years, the usual maximum is 8 years. Academic School: School of Education, Social Work & Community Education How to apply: Formal applications are by application form with curriculum vitae and a plan for a Module 1b topic and preferably provisional plans for at least one other Module. Informal discussion prior to application is very much encouraged. You will also be interviewed which can b…

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Professional Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

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Degrees available: Degree Length of study Part-time Professional Doctorate (DSW) The majority of part-time candidates will complete in 4 years. The usual minimum is 3 years, the usual maximum is 8 years. Academic School: School of Education, Social Work & Community Education How to apply: Formal applications are by application form with curriculum vitae and a plan for a Module 1b topic and preferably provisional plans for at least one other Module. Informal discussion prior to application is very much encouraged. You will also be interviewed which can be done by video conference. Academic Year Home/EU Overseas 2013-14 £4,000 £11,000

Aims of the Programme

The Professional Doctorate is a vehicle for advanced Continuing Professional Development, not a certificate of competence to practice. The aims of the programme are:

  • to critically appraise the current evidential basis of teaching, learning and assessment practice;
  • to develop relevant advanced specialist research, development & dissemination skills;
  • to make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy;

which meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence, and is widely disseminated.

Programme Content

The structure is of 5 Modules spread over 3 Levels. All modules are individually tailored to theinterests/expertise of the entrant and the needs of their employer or sponsor. They are very flexible and adapted to the needs of part-time candidates. Each Level can be independently award-bearing, if candidates wish to leave with a lesser award.

At Level 1, candidates undertake Research Methods Training and complete a Critical Analysis and Review of Research Literature (in their specialist area of choice). (You can exit here with a Postgraduate Diploma in advanced professional practice.) At Level 2, each candidate develops an Individualised Learning Plan for future modules. They then complete a second research module on a topic of their choice. (You can exit here with a Master’s degree in advanced professional practice.) At Level 3, there are Modules 3, 4 and 5. These are also research modules on a topic or topics of your choice. They may be related to each other or quite independent of each other. Each module is assessed by a written product of 15,000 words.

Recognition of Prior Learning is possible for up to 50% of the degree, when the material for recognition has not been submitted for any other award and when it is of a high enough standard. Peer reviewed journal publications or research reports are good examples of suitable products for recognition.

For further information about each of the Levels and modules please see the programme website.

Methods of Assessment

The total written output required is the same as Ph.D. candidates would put into one single thesis. However, for the Professional Doctorate this can be split into five modular products each of 15,000 words. You can combine these into larger and deeper studies if you wish, subject to the agreement of your personal supervisor. Module 1 is designed to help sharpen up your technical writing skills. The standards and criteria are rigorous, as you would expect at doctoral level, but you are given support to ensure you achieve those standards. These written assignments are intended to be easily reducible to a paper which can be submitted for publication, and candidates are strongly encouraged and supported to do this.

Entry Requirements

Entrants should hold a first degree in a relevant subject, and usually a relevant master’s degree. Entrants would normally be expected to have some field experience in education or be currently working in the field. Entrants with different experience may be suitable for our other professional doctorate degrees (in Educational Psychology, Education, Community Learning and Development).

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

Sources of Funding

The School of Education, Social Work and Community Education is not currently offering any school scholarships.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

Many candidates approach their employers for allocation of time and/or part funding, especially where modular work relates to the employer's objectives and adds value to the employer's operations. This is entirely reasonable, as modular work will entail candidates working significantly more than their contracted hours of employment. However, candidates will also be enhancing their own promotion prospects, so it is equally reasonable to expect them to be prepared to part fund fee costs, especially where modular topics are not obviously of value to their current employers. In addition, where modular work relates to a wider national project, part of fee costs might be recouped through the project budget. Creativity and flexibility are needed in securing an appropriate balance of funding.

Contact

Programme Director

Professor Susan Rodrigues
School of Education, Social Work and Community Education
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 381518 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 381518 (from outside the UK)

Email:s.rodrigues@dundee.ac.uk

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