Through its Hibernia/Plymouth Research Node, the College now offers the opportunity for further academic development by working towards a PhD through either full-time (4 years) or part-time (6 years) research.
Students undertaking a Hibernia College PhD will automatically be part of the Plymouth Institute of Education, with doctorates awarded by Plymouth University, and will be registered with both Plymouth University and Hibernia College.
Hibernia College’s PhD in Education offers full and part-time students the ability to undertake doctoral studies in education, with a particular focus on the following key research areas:
This programme is for you if you have a particular research question or topic in mind in the field of education, and wish to explore this through independent study in order to produce an original contribution to the subject.
It is suited to those who are practising teachers, or those working in the wider education field, with a passion to pursue their studies further. This research-based doctorate also provides a solid foundation for those aspiring to a research career or an academic career.
This programme is not a taught doctoral programme (EdD), nor is it a ‘professional doctorate’ and there is no mandatory taught or directed study element to the programme. However, PhD students may participate in modules offered through the Hibernia College Masters’ programmes and attend the Plymouth University graduate training programmes.
For further information on any aspect of the PhD Programme, potential applicants should contact the Hibernia College PhD Programme Team:
Aoife McCarron (Enrolment Advisor) at email@example.com
Dr Teresa Whitaker (Research Node Director and Director of the MATL) firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD candidates are expected to attend regular supervision meetings and to conduct an annual training needs analysis with supervisors. This identifies which training event or research seminars it would be appropriate for them to attend as part of their research training and professional development as researchers.
Both students and their supervisory team will be required to meet four times per year when registered full-time (3 times per year if part-time) as stipulated in the Plymouth University online Student Log.
These sessions will include the assessment of research progress in the preceding 3-4 months and that planned for the subsequent 3-4 months, a review of personal skills development and public outputs of the research programme. The location of these mandatory supervisory sessions will be decided by the supervisory team.
Hibernia provides administrative and academic support for the advancement and supervision of doctoral research leading to the award of PhD from Plymouth University Institute of Education.
In practical terms, this means Hibernia provides support for the progression and welfare of the PhD student through the Director of Studies (first supervisor), access to the student support services, a wider research community, research events (seminars and conferences), the opportunity to take part in modules on the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning and a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with forums, information and support.
Plymouth University is the awarding institution and provides support to the PhD programme through the second supervisor, access to the Doctoral Training Centre for skills training, Plymouth University library, and a wider international research community.
Plymouth University has a strong track record for teaching and learning and is proud to be among the UK’s top 50 universities for research, with 80 per cent of the submissions made to the most recent government assessment recognised as being of global significance.
The Institute of Education in Plymouth combines excellence in teaching with a very strong commitment to enhancing the student experience.
The Institute of Education is committed to further pedagogical research and evidence-informed practice through three areas of interest and expertise:
Teresa Whitaker has been Programme Director of the Masters in Teaching and Learning in Hibernia College (MATL) for the past three years and Director of the Research Node with Plymouth University. She has taught sociology courses in higher level institutions (Hibernia College, UCD, DCU, TCD, SNMCI). Teresa has authored, tutored and assessed modules (Intercultural Education, Research Methods, Sociology of Education) with Hibernia College and is involved in programme and curriculum design and development. Her work involves supervising students who are conducting dissertation for their Masters Degrees. Her primary degree in Political Science and Sociology was from Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Master’s degree (1st class honours) and a PhD from UCD. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Griffith College. She received a scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences for her PhD which focused on the sociology of the family and bequeathing practices in twentieth century Ireland. She has extensive experience in conducting research. Teresa spent three years working with the National Advisory Committee on Drugs researching illicit drug use. Prior to that she was involved in an EU funded collaborative study which examined the ways in which young people take up smoking. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and has published widely.
The standard entry requirements are:
Applicants to the PhD programme will be interviewed and may also be asked to provide an example of written work.
Applicants wishing to apply for the self-funded programme should contact Aoife McCarron (email@example.com) for further details. The next cohort of PhD students will be starting in April 2016 and September 2016.
The research proposal is designed to allow the college to assess the quality of your research ideas and the feasibility of your proposed research project in the time frame available to you. The proposal also gives you the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and expertise in the area of research interest and your knowledge of existing literature on the topic. It will also help to identify potential supervisors.
Most importantly it also gives you a chance to communicate your passion for your subject area and convince the readers of the importance of your project.
The research proposal is not set in stone – it is normal for PhD students to revise and refine their original proposal, so it should be viewed as an initial outline of your ideas rather than the final plan for the project.
The Initial Research Proposal form provides a structure for you to present your research ideas in 2,000 words and the key areas covered include:
Your proposal must include a reference list and should not replicate work that you have already undertaken at master’s or other level (although it can build on this work).
Doing a PhD is partly about the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, extending the boundaries of the particular subject the PhD student is researching, but is also about the development of the individual, the person doing the research.
Through completing a PhD the person proves that they are a competent researcher in a particular field, with relevant skills and knowledge.
Plymouth University and the Hibernia College Node are committed to the highest standards of learning and research. In the UK qualities and standards in universities are overseen by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the body in the UK responsible for ensuring that students have the best possible learning experience, and the QAA provide a useful summary of what the outcomes of a PhD experience should be for students.
PhD doctorates are awarded to students who have demonstrated:
Typically, holders of a doctoral qualification will be able to:
If you have any additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.