PhD in Education by Distance Learning

Programme Leader: Dr Sally Hancock

In order to apply for a PhD place, we ask that you first submit an application form. We cannot accept a CV or any other documentation in place of a formal application. When you apply for a PhD place, you must submit a research proposal about 1,500 words in length.

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The PhD in Education by distance learning is designed to enhance specialised knowledge through academic study and research.

The PhD in Education by distance learning is ideal for students with commitments which prevent them from being resident within reasonable travelling distance of York. Registration is possible on a full or part time basis. A minimum of two weeks of attendance on campus per academic year is required (this may occur as one two- week or two one-week visits). This requirement applies for both full and part time students.

Campus visits will coincide with registration and induction, training activities, and annual progression meetings. For the remainder of the academic year, this programme allows students to research overseas while still receiving support and training online and by video-conferencing. The final viva voce examination will also take place in York, on a face to face basis.

Details of tuition costs for the PhD in Education by distance is available. In addition, costs related to the annual visits (including travel and accommodation) will need to be covered by the student.

Access to an internet connection and relevant library are essential for this programme.

We are interested in hearing from students doing projects in the following broad research areas:

Entry requirements

Students will be able to apply for the PhD in Education by distance learning regardless of where they live (including the UK).

Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree or a master's degree (MA, MSc or MEd) in a relevant discipline although candidates with other evidence of ability to succeed at PhD level will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, we do expect you to be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency.  The minimum requirement for PhD in Education is IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.  For further information please see English language requirements.

You must submit a research proposal; we are unable to consider your application without one.

As part of the application process, you will be invited for interview via Skype. Two members of academic staff will conduct this interview, which will cover your academic background and proposed topic of study. In addition, you will be required to justify why you are applying for distance study. As part of the admissions process, the department will evaluate your suitability to distance-based study, by considering a checklist of specific criteria, which will include an assessment of internet connection, access to library resources, and relevant immigration regulations.

Further information about the University's distance learning provision.

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