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 grouped into three main departments:
As well as the four research centres which sit within the School of Education, there are a number of highly successful research groups 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, LAs, 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.
Visit our school postgraduate research pages to find out more. There you will also be able to view the profiles of some of our current doctoral researchers to find out more about their research topics and their learning experience. We also encourage you to visit the research pages to find out more about our current school research.
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.
Standard fees apply
Learn more about fees and funding
Scholarships and studentships
The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is offering 22 studentships across the spectrum of social science disciplines, two of which are allocated specifically to Education. Studentships include tuition fees and an annual maintenance stipend. This scholarship scheme has now closed for 2014 entry.
Other scholarships may be available. 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.