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How adults can help young children at risk to regulate their emotions via relationships?

School of Education and Social Work

About the Project

Emotional awareness is a necessary component of emotion regulation which is crucial to improve effective communication between individuals. In this study, the potential candidate will work with young children having emotional difficulties and their mothers living in deprived areas. This research will include an intervention to be implemented in the home environment, which aims to promote emotional awareness in the relationships between mothers and children. Data collection will be processed in two settings; at home and in the nursery. While conducting this research, the candidate will evaluate to what extent and how emotional experiences will be transferred between two settings. This will be an interdisciplinary study including education and social work; therefore, the proposal is open to candidates who are enthusiastic about poverty related issues, especially in the lives of young children, and intervention programs.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Richard Ingram ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Richard Ingram () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Ingram, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in either Education or Social Work:
- Education:
- Social Work:

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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