PhD in Education

Programme Leader:  Dr Sarah Olive

The PhD in Education is also available by distance learning

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 is designed to enhance specialised knowledge through academic study and research.

The programme aims to enable students to gain a solid grounding in research methodology, and to successfully carry out a substantial piece of academic research.

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

Our PhD research students in recent years have come both from the United Kingdom and from many overseas countries. Many of our overseas students have chosen to conduct studies which involve collecting fieldwork data in their home country. Proposals to conduct a study which involves collecting fieldwork data overseas are welcomed.

Entry requirements

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.

As part of the application process, you will be invited for interview (face-to-face or via Skype). 

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

Information on the application procedure can be found at the University postgraduate pages.

Apply now for the PhD in Education