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|
|Start date||Students will start in September 2020.|
A PhD is focused on carrying out research that leads to a dissertation of 80,000 words. With the support of academic supervisors to guide you, you will undertake research training then design and conduct your own research project.
We offer high-quality supervision by internationally recognised scholars in areas including educational psychology, education policy, higher education, teaching and learning in schools, professional development, learning in the city, non-formal education, lifelong learning and assessment.
Academic staff include experienced researchers with methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods, experimental methods, a range of qualitative research methods and mixed methods. You will be part of a large, diverse doctoral community in an atmosphere that is exciting, creative and welcoming.
You can expect:
- membership of a research centre, network and/or faculty-wide research group that includes staff and postgraduate researchers;
- a minimum of four taught research methods accredited by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC);
- networking opportunities with other doctoral researchers across disciplines and neighbouring universities through membership of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership and Bristol Doctoral College;
- support for attending conferences and publishing research;
- opportunities to apply for short-term paid research assistant and teaching assistant roles;
- access to professional development and short training courses tailored for postgraduate researchers;
- access to a dedicated school library on site, faculty and other University libraries;
- modern and well-appointed study spaces within the School of Education and in the wider university;
- opportunities to participate in seminars (often featuring national and international visitors), research student seminars, reading groups and specialist methodological workshops.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
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.
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.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
The overarching mission of the 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 intellectual and practical leadership among policy makers, practitioners, students and the wider research community, which 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 five research centres:
- Centre for Educational Assessment and Evaluation
- Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education
- Centre for Multilevel Modelling
- Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education
- Centre for Knowledge, Culture and Society
As a doctoral student you will join one of the research centres associated with these key areas of research and work with staff and other doctoral students who have similar research interests. Please see the school website for further details.
We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
- equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in your chosen field
- visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative
- high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice
- highly employable throughout the world
- adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community
Read more about the careers of some of our graduates.
Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research in Education (CAERe)
Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE)
Centre for Knowledge, Culture and Society (KCS)
Centre for Multilevel Modelling (CMM)
Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education (PASE)
We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised.
The closing date for ESRC studentship applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 21 January 2020. For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the SWDTP website.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- 44% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 19% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
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
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