With over 200 years of experience in the field of education, the School of Education is a dynamic centre for PhD study.
A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis. While an MPhil has less scope and complexity, it requires similar training and research, and is assessed by the submission of a thesis.
In the school, we have a broad commitment to improving and investigating social justice and equality in education. We provide a dynamic research environment, with a community of more than 300 students from 40 different countries. Some study and live here in the UK, while others are based countries around the world and make periodic visits to the UK to see their supervisor(s).
You will study alongside academic experts and will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Full-time students meet with their supervisors at least 10 times each year, while part-time students meet with them at least six times in the same period.
Entry to our postgraduate research programme is competitive and having a strong research proposal is therefore very important.
Education research areas include:
- changing literacy practices
- education for human flourishing
- education and international development
- higher, adult and vocational education
- learning sciences
- learning through the arts, creative pedagogies and science
- mathematics education
- school leadership and improvement
- teachers' work, professionalism and education policy
PhD students must present a thesis, a maximum of 100,000 words, demonstrating originality and innovation on the subject of their advanced study and research. The thesis must satisfy examiners regarding knowledge of the general field of scholarship to which the subject belongs.
You must take a verbal examination on the subject of your thesis and its general field of scholarship.
MPhil students must present a thesis, a maximum of 60,000 words, embodying the results of their advanced study and research. The thesis must satisfy the examiners regarding knowledge of the general field of scholarship to which the subject belongs.
A verbal examination occurs at the discretion of the examiners.
Confirmation of status review
All doctoral students are required to successfully undertake a Confirmation of Status Review within one year of full-time study, or 24 months of part-time study. You will produce a paper of around 12,000 words which is assessed and which must be defended verbally to an internal assessor.
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