EducationFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Not fixed|
|Start date||Most students will start in September 2017, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the student services office to discuss the options available.|
PhD work centres on research leading to a dissertation. With the support of academic supervisors to guide you, you undertake research training and carry out personal research on a topic of interest. You will work with supervisors, who are internationally-recognised researchers in their field.
The doctoral community is large and diverse; you will also join one of our five research centres and this will give you the opportunity to get to know other researchers working in similar areas. There are more than 90 research students working in the Graduate School of Education. The atmosphere is exciting, creative and welcoming.
The ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre
The Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath form the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC), which draws together the established research excellence of more than 750 academic and research staff from across the three institutions. An online academic journal, which is run by students from the SWDTC, and an annual student-led conference are among the highlights.
The Graduate School of Education's MSc Educational Research programme is one of the research training pathways that make up the SWDTC. This programme forms the basis for the extensive research training programme that all PhD candidates undertake.
Other support includes access to a dedicated library on site; modern, flexible and well-appointed study spaces; a large number of seminars, often featuring national and international visitors; research student seminars; reading groups; and access to specialist methodological support.
Fees for 2017/18
Full time fees
- Overseas (non-EU)
Part time fees
Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.
Funding for 2017/18
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC-funded scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and normally a merit at MSc/MA level (or equivalent).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
The overarching mission of the Graduate School of Education is to develop learning and leadership for a changing world through research and teaching that promotes achievement, opportunity and social justice. The aim is to build the intellectual and practical leadership - among policy makers, practitioners, students and the wider research community - that is urgently required to enable education to adapt and thrive in a time of rapid local and global change.
Research in the school is concentrated into five main areas of inquiry and expertise within these research centres:
- Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research
- Centre for Globalisation, Education and Social Futures
- Centre for International and Comparative Research
- Researching Education across Boundaries
- Centre for Multilevel Modelling
As a doctoral student you will join one of the centres associated with these key areas of research, and work with staff and other doctoral students who have similar research interests.
We aim to offer our students the academic and personal development opportunities that will equip them to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges they will encounter during their lives and careers.
Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
- equipped to demonstrate impact, research excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field;
- visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative;
- high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice;
- highly employable, worldwide;
- adaptable with the potential to be leaders in work and in the community.
Read more about some of our graduates' stories and career journeys.
Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research in Education (CAERe)
Centre for Comparative International Research in Education (CIRE)
Centre for Globalisation, Education and Social Futures (GESF)
Centre for Multilevel Modelling (CMM)
Centre for Researching Education Across Boundaries in theory and practice (CREAB)
Other Supervisors not attached to centres
We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised. The deadline for applications for funded scholarships will be early to mid-February 2017 (the ESRC and University of Bristol funding application deadline is still to be confirmed). You are advised to prepare an application in good time for this if you wish to be considered.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- 25% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 35% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 10% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.
Get in touch
Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
35 Berkeley Square
BS8 1JA http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/study/doctoral/