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 pagesto 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 pagesto find out more about our current research.
Standard fees apply
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Scholarships and studentships
School of Education Scholarship
The School of Education has been allocated funding by the College of Social Sciences for PhD studentships commencing in September 2015. The funding available allows us to offer two PhD studentships (tuition fees and stipend of £13,870). The studentships are only available to Home/EU students.
Applications must be submitted to Helen Joinson (H.E.Joinson@bham.ac.uk) by 5 June 2015 and must comprise:
a CV of no more than two pages, including academic qualifications (with degree classifications), relevant professional experience and (if applicable) publications
two academic references (these may be the same references submitted for admission to the PhD programme)
a research proposal of no more than 800 words
a supporting statement from the (prospective) supervisor of no more than 500 words
Applications will be considered by a School of Education selection panel and decisions made by the end of June.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must either have applied to start a PhD in the School in September 2015, or be registered PhD students in the School in their first year of full-time or first two years of part-time study.
Other funding schemes
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.