Postgraduate Research Degrees

We offer doctoral programmes leading to a PhD and to professional doctoral degrees (EdPsyD and EdD). 

Our diverse community of Postgraduate Researchers undertakes research in a variety of local, national, and international contexts. We provide access to supervisors with specialist knowledge across a range of disciplines and understanding of contemporary educational debates. Your programme will include research methods courses and skills training tailored to your needs and individual professional development aims. Our Postgraduate Research Experience Surveys have returned consistently high satisfaction rates reaching a satisfaction rate of over 90 per cent in 2019 for the quality of supervision, attesting to the stimulating and nurturing environment of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Alongside our dedicated series of seminars in educational research in the School, all Postgraduate Researchers have access to a range of face-to-face and online training courses within the Southeast Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) Doctoral Training Partnership Consortium and the Social Sciences Faculty. We also invite our Postgraduate Researchers to take an active role in shaping the research culture of the School through active engagement in School seminars, research group events, and in the Postgraduate Research conference organised and run by doctoral students.

Our research is organised around specialist disciplines and active research groups within three key educational domains.

Studentships are available for the full-time PhD programme.