Research degree programmes (Ph.D, Ed.D, EdPsyD, MPhil) in the School of Education & Lifelong Learning are designed as independent studies at the highest level that meets the needs of individuals working or wishing to work in an educational setting - to investigate, challenge and aid improvements in the local, national, and international educational environment.
Those registered on our research degree programmes will draw on the expertise within the School's Research Groups and Research Staff. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the research expertise and interests page to find a suitable primary supervisor for their area of research. All research students will be allocated a team of supervisors to guide them through the programme of independent study. Some guidance on writing a research proposal is available here. Make your application through our online application process.
To make an application for a 2019-20 doctoral sponsorship, the deadline is 20th January 2019:
If you are interested in applying, please contact your potential supervisor or Professor Anna Robinson-Pant as soon as possible.
Research students are valued members of the School and are encouraged to be attached to one of the research groups of the schools and to take an active role in shaping the research culture and environment of the School. The School has a very high satisfaction rate in relation to supervision – consistently scoring over 90% in the last three PRES (Post graduate Experience Survey) reports from 2013, 2015 and 2017. The overall satisfaction rose from 89% to 93% between 2015 and 2017.
The list of completed doctoral thesis titles between 2008-2018 is available here containing 76 doctoral completions across the PhD and EdD programmes of the School.
There is more detailed information on the excellent training and development programmes for PGR candidates across the social sciences faculty here.
The School offers the following research degree programmes:
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) (two years full-time, or four years part-time)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (three years full-time, or six years part-time)
- Doctor of Education (EdD) (minimum of five years part-time)
- Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD) (three years full-time)
In addition to the periods of study listed above, there is a one-year 'Registration-only' period for completing thesis write-up or coursework.