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 research areas:
- Rights, citizenship & dialogue
- Educational & social practices in literacy & numeracy
- Equality & achievement
- Health & wellbeing
- Language learning
- Professional learning, identity & enquiry
- Methodologies for change
- Additional support needs & 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 & intellectual abilities to conduct your research
- the personal qualities to succeed in your research & chosen career
- the standards, requirements & conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
- working with others & 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.
Designing colloidal films and membranes with complex interactions
Many applications rely on structured films and membranes, such as selective filters, adsorbents, and biological systems. The project will use computer modelling to analyse how particles with complex interactions aggregate to form films with complex structure and complex time-evolution.
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).
Dean’s Global Research Scholarships: 2018/19
These scholarships, for new international applicants, will help to cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate research student, and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate research student. The awards will apply for each year of study up to 3 years.
Deadline:30 April 2019
Dean’s Global Research Scholarships: 2019/20
These scholarships, for new international applicants and current international students, will help to cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate research student, and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate research student. The awards will apply for each year of study up to 3 years.
Deadline:15 July 2019
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