Doctoral Research

The Department offers a range of doctoral research programmes. These are tailored to suit different constituencies by drawing on different combinations of core research training and taught masters modules.

There are four taught doctoral programmes within the school which comprise of taught modules and a research thesis as well as the cross college Integrated Study (Social Sciences) PhD. Alternatively you can undertake a research degree by thesis. All offer part-time study as an option. Visit the Postgraduate Research pages to find out more about applying. 

The Department has a very active community of Doctoral Researchers. We have around 130 current doctoral researchers (PhD and EdD) based in the Department. These researchers (spanning the UK as well as many overseas countries) work across a diverse range of contexts including home and community settings, schools, colleges, higher education, government agencies and voluntary bodies. 

Below, are a few selected profiles for some of our doctoral researchers.

Alan Price

This research uses an action research design to evaluate the effectiveness of using outdoor education to improve the interpersonal skills of Learners with SEBD

Alexandra Sewell

Evaluation of use 'The Good Behaviour Game' to improve the social behaviour of a Year Five class.

Brendan Greaney

Dyslexia in Nursing & Nurse Education – a case study

Dr Marilena Mademtzi

The Use of Innovative Technology to Promote Movement and Self-regulation Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Condition in School-Based environments: The Pictogram Room Paradigm.

Geoff Fitzpatrick

Autism and Environmental Design

Jesvir Mahil

As a major stakeholder in education, what is the role and influence of Ofsted, in promoting the development of creativity skills in vocational business studies courses for young learners aged 16 to 19 in Further Education Colleges?


An investigation into the balance of the school curriculum content for pupils with visual impairment in Turkey

Rebecca Wood

Can Children with Autism in Mainstream Primary Schools be Fully Included in the Curriculum?
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For doctoral researcher enquiries, please contact Helen Joinson