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Open Professional Studies PhD

This open route PhD provides an opportunity to undertake research in any field within the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Postgraduate students

This PhD provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research linked to our expertise in any professional field within the Centre for Lifelong Learning. Our faculty has expertise in a range of people-focused professions. We support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects linked to one or more of our main professional areas Projects linked to one or more of the following areas are welcomed:

  • Career development work
  • Coaching
  • Counselling
  • Early childhood
  • Lifelong learning
  • Mindfulness
  • Professional studies/learning
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social policy
  • Social / Psychosocial studies
  • Social work

We may also be able to offer supervision linked to one or more of the following cross cutting themes related to the main areas above: culture, gender, ethnicity, social justice, intellectual history, policy / politics, work / employment, professional identities / learning, life history, widening participation, depth psychology, mental health, well being, spirituality, loving kindness, and/or playfulness. This list is not exhaustive and alternatives may be considered.

This PhD is an open route that covers a range of professional and academic areas. Along with other departments at the University, we provide both open and named routes. This reflects the fact that your PhD research, as with life more widely, may not necessarily fit neatly into any one disciplinary box. It leads to the award of a University of Warwick PhD without a specific named route on your University transcript. If you prefer to follow a PhD with a named route, there are strong links between this PhD and our named route in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (P-X352). So this option can be pursued.

Key Facts

Starts: October/January/April

Level: PhD

Mode: Full-time/Part-time

Course code: X3S1

Venue: Warwick University