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The Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology is designed for those already working in the field who wish to make an original contribution to research, policy or professional practice; enhance their knowledge, understanding and skills; and develop their professional career.

Why study Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Dundee?

The Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology is aimed at applicants who are interested in reflecting on different elements of their professional career whilst contributing to the development of evidence, practice and policy in their professional field. Whilst the Professional Doctorate does not certify competence to practice, it does provide candidates with an opportunity to enhance their own and others' knowledge and application.

Aims of the course

The aims of the programme are:
To critically appraise the current evidential basis of professional theory, policy and 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.

Who should study this course?

The programme is aimed at practitioners in education, psychology and educational psychology.

"Studying on this programme has deepened my understanding of research methodology and skills. It has enabled me to apply this knowledge to a professional and local authority issue. The resulting research has developed my professional skills and knowledge and has been of direct benefit to the local authority I work for. I have had fantastic support from the university and my supervisors throughout."

How you will be taught

Module 1a comprises Research Methods Training (taught; seminars and workshops). If you already have a Masters degree, with an assessed element of research methods, you may not need to undertake Research Methods Training.

Delivery of Module 1b and Modules 2-5 takes the form of direct supervision by at least two members of University staff. Much of this supervision can be done by email, telephone and video conferencing where necessary or on campus. There are also online fora for students to discuss issues relating to their research.

What you will study

There are 5 Modules, spread over 3 Levels. The modular structure is explicitly intended to be highly flexible and modules are individually tailored to the interests and expertise of the entrant and the needs of their employer or sponsor.

Module 1 - Research Methods Training (module 1a) and a Critical Analysis and Review of Research Literature (module 1b) (can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice)

Module 2 – Development of an Individualised Learning Plan for future modules. Research project with a written product of 15,000 words (can exit here with a Master’s degree in Advanced Professional Practice)

Modules 3-5 - Research project(s) with a written product of 15,000 words each. These projects may be related or quite independent of each other. It is possible to combine modules.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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, please see the programme website.

How you will be assessed

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 supervisors. If you have RPL, this would be incorporated in the final written output. The thesis is assessed by oral examination (viva voce) at the end of the programme.

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.

Careers

The Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology enables students to develop highly specialised knowledge, understanding and skills at the frontiers of their professional area. The programme assists in the development of transferable qualities and skills which will be valued by employers. As such, it is anticipated that students and graduates of the programme will enhance their career prospects.

Visit the DEdPsy Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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