There are eight main research groups within the School of Education. While they're recorded as discrete entities, they are complementary. There are several topics within each theme, and it may be that colleagues align themselves with more than one research theme and that research cuts across all the research areas we're looking at.
A key focus in considering these themes is the policy context in which the School of Education is situated. A major driver in current Scottish education is around closing the attainment gap and reducing inequality. The research themes address this issue in a range of ways.
You can study an MPhil over the course of one year or a PhD over the course of three or four years.
You can study your choice of these options in any of our four research areas:
- Rights, citizenship and dialogue
- Educational and social practices in literacy and numeracy
- Equality and achievement
- Health and wellbeing
- Language learning
- Professional learning, identity and enquiry
- Methodologies for change
- Additional support needs and autism
You can also study for a Doctorate of Education. A taught professional doctorate with a range of specialist pathways which allow you to tie your doctorate studies explicitly to your professional experience.
Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme
As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD).
This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.
It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:
- the knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
- the personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
- the standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
- working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences
All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.
Disruptive technologies in chemical engineering education and training
The project will focus on how chemical engineering education and training may change in the next decade, comparing with other areas of engineering, science and related industry. Where are the opportunities or threats, what are the barriers and encouragers?
Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering
This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy.
Investigating the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries
This project will investigate the relationship between human responses and major safety incidents in the process industries, in particular in the oil and gas industry, and the context in which these occur (e.g. company safety culture, Process Safety Management Systems).
Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) Studentship - Education
The aim of this collaborative PhD with Renfrewshire Council is to investigate the under-researched phenomenon of the ‘bottom reading group’ in Primary education, from the perspectives of identity and social equity.
Deadline:1 March 2018
"Trans Inclusion in Education" (REA Scholarship - Education)
The PhD will explore strategies for the development of awareness, and practices of inclusion, of trans and non-binary issues and identities in education.
Deadline:23 March 2018
PhD Student Excellence Awards 2018/19
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from excellent students with original research proposals for the University of Strathclyde Student Excellence awards commencing in October 2018.
Deadline:10 March 2018
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