Learning Sciences Research Institute Research Areas


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Research overview

Research at the Institute explores the fundamental processes and practices of learning, and how to design new technologies to enhance human learning and interaction.

Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • global and distance learning
  • mixed-reality learning technology
  • playful and game-based learning
  • learning cultures and contexts
  • visual thinking and learning
  • collaborative learning
  • designs for mobile and informal learning
  • mathematics and cognition
  • analysis of classroom interaction
  • fundamental learning processes


The LSRI has research facilities, including a flexible learning room with video conference equipment, a usability lab and a multimedia development room. We can also draw on facilities from our schools, including specialist equipment and labs that students may access as required with the support of their supervisors. 

Research support

The LSRI has a well-equipped postgraduate support office with full-time staff and a small specialist library.

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Students' Union is a particularly important source of support.

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Details of research supervisors at the University can be found on our research A to Z.


UK/EU Students
The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research: The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of fundingStudentship opportunities are also available. 

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government plans to introduce doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes from 2018. Applicants must ordinarily live in England and more details are expected to be announced in due course.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Visit the school page for additional opportunities

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. 

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2014/15.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.


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