Education PhD

The School of Education has a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provides wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake full or part-time research.We have a history of 5 star rated research and in the 2008 Research Excellence Exercise (RAE), 80 % of our work was recognised as being of international quality.

The university also has a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) which has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Start date: Contact the School directly

Contact

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Director of Postgraduate Research: Professor Michael Hand 

PGR Admissions Contact: Helen Joinson

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0) 121 414 4847 or by email: education-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Details

Graduate Adrian Jarvis talks about his experience studying for a PhD in the School of Education

We have a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provide wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research. Our academic expertise covers a broad range of disciplines which are grouped into three main departments:

The school also has a number of highly successful research centres based within the departments which reflect the diversity of our research activity.

Our strategy towards research and research degrees is centred on three key principles:

  • Research should seek to combine scholarly and empirical work on fundamental issues with a concern for development work linked to practice; a dialogue between fundamental study and development work can enrich both
  • Research should recognise the importance of professional practice and be pursued through active collaboration with schools, colleges, local authorities, and voluntary and other professional bodies in the UK and internationally
  • Research is often a multidisciplinary activity and strong links across specialisms must be encouraged and supported

The interdependence of research with development and professional practice means that we particularly welcome the contribution of research students to our work. We provide a comprehensive programme of research training, together with opportunities to take part in research seminars where speakers with national and international reputations present work that is at the forefront of current debates within the field.

The Education PhD

A PhD requires a minimum period of study as a registered student of normally three years full-time or six years part-time. It is assessed by thesis only, and is examined by a work of a maximum of 80,000 words and an oral examination. You will be required to complete a research training programme, normally within the first two years of registration.

Whilst we accept applications covering all aspects of educational research, we particularly welcome applications for our current priority areas.

Please visit our school postgraduate research pages to find out more about all our postgraduate research degrees, including our taught doctoral programmes. You will also be able to find out more about the support we can offer you whilst you are undertaking your research. You will also be able to view the profiles of some of our current doctoral researchers to find out more about their research topics.

We also encourage you to visit the school research pages to find out more about our current research.

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply
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Scholarships and studentships

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

For further information please view the school scholarships page or contact the Student Funding Office via online enquiries.
 

Entry requirements

When you apply, the application system will ask you to upload a research proposal for submission together with your application. Your research proposal should meet these research proposal requirements.

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply – except for the Warwick University English Language Test – we require ABB

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

Director of Postgraduate Research: Professor Michael Hand 

PGR Admissions Contact: Helen Joinson

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0) 121 414 4847 or by email: education-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Research interests of staff

Perhaps the most important step in the formulation of your research project is to identify a member of academic staff with appropriate expertise to supervise your area of interest. Your supervisor will act as the main source of academic supervisory support and research mentoring during your time as a doctoral researcher at the University and as such, it is vital that you ensure that the department to which you are applying is able to offer appropriate supervisory support in your relevant research area. Before submitting your application to the University you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research and contact them directly about your research proposal.

Applicants are encouraged to view the research activity within each school department as well as on the individual staff profiles. You may also download a summary of staff research interests (PDF, opens new window).

Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

Director of Postgraduate Research: Professor Michael Hand 

PGR Admissions Contact: Helen Joinson

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0) 121 414 4847 or by email: education-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Employability

The University of Birmingham has recently been ranked 9th in the UK, and 55th in the world, for post-qualification employability in a global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Over the last five years, an impressive 98.3 % of Education postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Birmingham’s Education graduates choose to work in variety of education roles in schools and administrative roles in public and private sector organisations. Work in retail, sales and administration are also popular options. Some chose to continue their education and apply for professional courses such as teacher training. Some of our graduates are attracted to careers in education such as teaching, community and youth work or other public sector occupations such as social work, police, housing and probation. New opportunities in partnership enterprises within sport, leisure, education and community schemes appeal. Some graduates also consider work in the private sector such as retail, finance or marketing.

What type of career assistance is available to doctoral researchers in Education?

The College of Social Sciences, to which the School of Education belongs, has specially designated careers advisors and careers consultants who can provide guidance for doctoral researchers on career paths, CVs, training opportunities, application and interviews. The University’s central Careers’ Service also runs workshops and offers personally tailored advice and guidance including 1-1 careers advice and 1-1 CV advice. The Career’s Service runs CV writing workshops especially for postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, giving advice on how to compile CVs for both employment and for academic roles.

The University also has dedicated careers advisors who run workshops and provide networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with international postgraduate researchers.

Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

Director of Postgraduate Research: Professor Michael Hand 

PGR Admissions Contact: Helen Joinson

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0) 121 414 4847 or by email: education-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk