The Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild) aims to enable experienced professionals working with children and/or young people to build on their professional expertise by developing skills in critical analysis, writing, research, evaluation and evidence-informed practice.
"'The DChild provided a thorough knowledge of many different fields of enquiry. Apart from up to date learning from leaders in their field, the Doctorate enhances research skills that can be transferred back to the workplace. The high quality of support and supervision received at Queen's made the learning process productive, enjoyable and richly rewarding for me.'"Dr. Kieran Shields
2016 graduate, Doctorate Childhood Studies
Students who register on the professional doctorate programme are employed in senior management positions in the fields of social work, social care, social science research, education and youth justice in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the UK and internationally.
Obtaining the professional doctorate has enabled candidates to secure addional repsonsbiliities in existing posts and to move to new posts. For others the doctorate has been instrumental in securing their permanent postion and/or enhancing their promotion within their organisation
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
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