Programme Structure


As an Education PhD student, you will benefit from supervision by leading academics in your field, and research training and development through our Diploma in Educational Research. 

The Education PhD programme normally takes four years to complete on a full-time basis. Part-time study is also available. New PhD students join the programme in September each year; we are now accepting applications for entry in September 2014. Your supervisor will be allocated on the basis of the information given in your research statement, which you are required to provide as part of the application process. They will be well-placed to provide academic advice and support, and also act as your personal tutor to provide pastoral care and guidance to you throughout your studies.

You will begin with research training, which equips you with the essential research skills required for doctoral-level study in Education. In your first year on the programme (or two years for part-time students), you will undertake four core units from the MSc Educational Research programme;

EDUCM5501 Core Skills in Educational Research

EDUCM0003 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

EDUCM0004 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

EDUCM0005 Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences

EDUCM5502 Understanding Educational Research

You may request exemption from any of these units if you can provide evidence of equivalent previous experience or qualifications.

You may also opt to take further units from the MSc Educational Research for credit, or to attend classes without submitting assessed work. If you complete 120 credits of taught units, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma alongside your PhD when you successfully complete the programme.

Once you have completed the research training stage, you will then progress to the research stage. Working closely with your supervisor, you will carry out the research project as outlined in your research statement at the application stage. Your progress will be monitored via the University’s Annual Progress Monitoring exercise, and through frequent contact with your supervisor. Once your research is complete, you will submit a 80,000-word thesis for examination. An external and internal examiner will be appointed, and they will conduct your viva voce examination.