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International Postgraduate Students and their Perceptions of the Effectiveness and Value of Personal and Professional Development Modules

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The aim of this investigation would be to support academic staff tasked with the development of postgraduate personal and professional development- both inside and outside of the formal classroom environment. We wish to understand the effectiveness of current taught modules that focus solely on post graduate student CPD. We wish to understand how our international cohorts perceive the effectiveness and value of these modules. We wish to analyse and evaluate the type of developments made by students who undertake these modules. For example, do these modules positively correlate with an improvement in student employability and academic performance? Do these type of modules translate to the different cultural traditions that our students come from? Are they therefore applicable, are they sensitive to the different cultural needs of students from a range of cultural backgrounds? The study could take either a qualitative or a quantitative approach. Moreover, candidates wishing to engage in a project of this nature will have access to a relevant research sample, supported by senior academics, with ethical approval from the Schools ethics committee.

Funding Notes

This is a self funded PhD project.


Baker, K. L., Perkins, J., & Darren, P. M. (2014). International Students and their Personal Development Planning. Active Learning in Higher Education, 15(2), 129-143.

Hall, G., & Wai-Ching Sing, T. (2009). Mind the Gap? A case-study of the differing perceptions of international students and their lecturers on postgraduate business programmes. International Journal of Management Education, 8(1), 53-62.

Jackson, N., & Ward, R. (2004). A fresh perspective on progress files- a way of representing complex learning and achievement in higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 29(4), 423-449.

Monks, K., Conway, E., & Ni Dhuigneain, M. (2006). Integrating personal development and career planning. Active Learning in Higher Education, 7(1), 73-86.

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