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Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2015 Swansea University Doctorate Program at UCO

UCO adjunct professor of history and Deer Creek High School special education teacher Paula Farley, pictured here on a visit to Pennard Castle during her 2011 trip to Swansea University, was among the first cohort of students in the Swansea@UCO program. The program allows students to earn a Ph.D. from Swansea under the advisement of faculty at Central. Farley plans to defend her thesis in spring 2016. (Photo courtesy Paula Farley)

UCO adjunct professor of history and Deer Creek High School special education teacher Paula Farley, pictured here on a visit to Pennard Castle during her 2011 trip to Swansea University, was among the first cohort of students in the Swansea@UCO program. The program allows students to earn a Ph.D. from Swansea under the advisement of faculty at Central. Farley plans to defend her thesis in spring 2016. (Photo courtesy Paula Farley)

University of Central Oklahoma adjunct professor of history and Deer Creek High School special education teacher Paula Farley, 36, knows what it means to be a self-starter when it comes to learning.

She completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree as a part-time student raising a family. When it came time for her to explore doctorate programs, she knew she needed a program that would allow her to move at her own pace. UCO’s then-new partnership with Swansea University in the United Kingdom offered that opportunity. 

“I had intended to go to a state university for my Ph.D., but being a parent and working full time would have made that difficult. Being able to do my research in a less structured way was really appealing,” Farley said.

The number of Oklahomans like Farley who are pursuing doctoral degrees through the convenience of UCO’s partnership with Swansea has grown every year since its inception in 2011. The program, which offers doctoral studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences, is accepting applications for fall admission through March 15.

Swansea@UCO students enroll in both institutions for one fee and research and write dissertations under the local supervision of members of Central’s faculty, who work in collaboration with the main faculty supervisor from Swansea.

Richard Bernard, Ph.D., dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies at Central, co-directs the program with Robert Rhys, professor and director of Swansea’s Center for Graduate Study in the Arts and Humanities.

“Swansea University is ranked within the top 400 best universities in the world, and to the best of our knowledge, Swansea’s program with UCO is the only distance-learning doctoral program with local advisers to help students with researching and writing their Ph.D. theses. Two trips to Britain round out a top-notch learning experience,” said Bernard.

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