About the Project
Families will be recruited from across Scotland; purposive sampling will be used to ensure that the study includes lone and dual parent families, families with parents in work and out of work and families across a range of socially advantaged and disadvantaged settings. The focus of this MRes studentship will be on conducting interviews with family members to reflect on their experience of lockdown, children’s return to school, and their views of the support required by, and received by, families during a pandemic.
There is scope for this MRes project to be carried out by two part time students; we therefore welcome applications from potential full time or part time candidates, and particularly welcome candidates who have experience in the field of family/child health and wellbeing.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in a social science degree, e.g. Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Policy, with a good fundamental knowledge of sociology and/or social policy relating to the family.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
• Experience of fundamental research skills training.
• Competent in reviewing and analysing relevant literature.
• Knowledge of sociology of the family and/or social policy relating to families and children.
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management
• Experience of undertaking independent research ( including dissertation research)
Qualitative research skills, e.g. interviewing Experience in conducting systematic reviews
Please quote project code SAS0067 in your enquiry and application.
• Completed application form
• 2 academic references, using the Postgraduate Educational Reference Form (Found on the application process page)
• A personal research statement (This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of
what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction.)
• Evidence of proficiency in English (if appropriate)
For informal enquiries about this PhD project, please contact Dr Fiona McQueen; [email protected]
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