The PhD is a two-year, full-time programme or four-year, part time programme. However, these are minimum periods of study, and it usually takes the equivalent of at least 36 months full-time research to complete the PhD degree.
The MPhil is a one year full-time or two-year part-time programme, but students usually require the equivalent of at least 24 months full-time research for the MPhil degree.
Research supervision is offered across the breadth of the research expertise in the school, namely in:
- educational leadership and management
- interdisciplinary research
- international and comparative education and development
- language and literacy education
- special needs
- teacher education and teacher development
MPhil students must present a thesis of up to 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. An oral examination occurs at the discretion of the examiners.
PhD students must present a thesis, maximum 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. They must also present themselves for an oral examination on the subject of their thesis and its general field of scholarship.
How to apply for MPhil/PhD
If you are interested in applying to do an MPhil or PhD in the School of Education we would recommend that you contact us and discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. You can then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.
MPhil : An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and normally some experience in research methodology, (e.g., undergraduate level dissertation or research project). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.
PhD : A masters degree, normally with a merit grade (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and some experience in research methodology, (e.g., postgraduate level dissertation or research project). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must have graduated from an approved university
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no elements below 6.0)
TOEFL (iBT): 100 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)
PTE (Academic): 67 (minimum 55)
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test