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
Learn more about fees and funding
Scholarships and studentships
Visit our school scholarship page to find out about more funding.
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.
When applying for a PhD programme you will be required to submit a detailed proposal, which outlines the nature of your proposed study. This proposal will not be held as a final contract and may change in negotiation with your supervisor. However, it is an indication that you have the background ideas and knowledge to begin independent research in the broad area of your interest. It also enables us to send your application to appropriate members of staff for consideration.
The proposal should include the following information:
The aims or objectives, and research questions if possible
The justification for the study or area
An outline of the research design (approach, population, methods, time scale)
An indication of related literature
Any previous work you have done in the area
Any facilities available to you for the research or access to the research site, and research subjects
The amount of time per week you are able to devote to the study.
Learn more about applying