Postgraduate Research in Education and Lifelong Learning
- Graduate School
- Social Sciences
We are a top tier, research-led university and are committed to making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society. Our postgraduate researchers have opportunities to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making real advances. Staff research interests in Education and Lifelong Learning include:
International Education and Social Change (IESC): adult literacy and international development; community learning; decolonisation; internationalisation and higher education policy; lifelong and informal learning; minority groups and mobility; and widening participation, inclusion and equity of access to HE
Lifelong Learning Cultures (LLC): digital technology, social media and digital resilience; and gender and sexuality
Pedagogy, Curriculum and Professional Learning (PCPL): childhood/youth cultures and identities; English, curriculum and pedagogy; futures education; Mathematics education; public pedagogies, popular culture; Sport, health, physical education and wellbeing; Teacher Education; TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and speculative and digital research methodologies
Working closely with an academic supervisor gives you the support to carry out your own independent research. To identify a potential supervisor who shares your research interests, we suggest you read about our doctoral supervisors and that you contact them one at a time, to express your interest and discuss your research proposal.
The School offers three pathways to gain a doctoral degree - the PhD (full-time and part-time) and two professional doctorates: the Doctor of Education (part-time) and the Doctorate in Educational Psychology (full-time).
For the PhD and EdD, you will need to submit a research proposal of no more than 2000 words with your application.
Full- and part-time options are available.
Read more about each of these on our research degree information pages.
The minimum academic requirement for entry to a doctoral degree is a UK upper second class undergraduate honours degree and a Master's degree, or equivalent.
If English is not your first language or you are from a country that is not on the UKVI list of English speaking countries , you may be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in the English language. Further information on English language requirements can be found on our information pages.