Investigating, challenging and aiding the improvement of educational environments Investigating, challenging and aiding the improvement of educational environments

Research degree programmes (Ph.D., Ed.D, 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. Fully funded Ph.D studentships are also available – application deadline 12 Feb 2016.

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 two PRES (Post graduate Experience Survey) reports from 2013 and 2015. Some other outstanding headline figures: satisfaction with progress and achievement 98%; responsibilities 90%; and research skills 94%. From 2013 to 2015, overall satisfaction up from 75% to 89%; research skills from 86% to 94%; increase in confidence in completing within timescales from 78% to 83%.

The list of completed doctoral thesis titles between 2008-2014 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:

Download the Postgraduate Education Prospectus.

The School offers the following research degree programmes:

The periods indicated for each degree represent the period of study, after which, in the case of all degrees, there is one year of 'Registration-only' time in which to write-up and submit the thesis, if required.