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Thinh Pham

PhD in Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

Nationality: Vietnamese


My doctoral research, supervised by Dr Mei Lin and Dr Sara Ganassin, aims to explore the learning journey of Confucian Heritage students to become critical thinkers in the one-year master's programmes in the UK. Alongside my PhD study, I have the opportunities to work as a postgraduate demonstrator in the School of ECLS, School of Psychology and Humanities and Social Sciences research training programme, and a research assistant in Newcastle University Business School.

Prior to that, I obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University, and a BA in English Linguistics and Literature from Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. In Vietnam, I worked as an EFL lecturer at a university for approximately three years.

Studying in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

One of the reasons for my decision on pursuing both MA and PhD studies at Newcastle University is its high reputation for research and teaching quality. For my PhD study, I have received unwavering support from my supervisors. They have provided me with clear guidance, constructive feedback, and positive encouragement, which leads me to the right path in doing my research project. Academic and administrative staff members in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences are also very friendly and supportive.

By attending an extensive range of workshops and research training programmes, I am equipped with knowledge and skills in a wide range of research methods; therefore, I can develop myself as an independent researcher step by step. In the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, I enjoy the research seminar series that speakers from the School and other universities share their latest research. This provides a forum for stimulating discussion that I find useful for my academic development.

Living in Newcastle

I have been living in Newcastle for more than four years, and this city is truly amazing with the vibrancy of student life and its beautiful architecture.