We offer high-quality research training to students wishing to pursue a PhD or MPhil. As a research student you will work under a supervisor who will assist you in your research and thesis design. You will also have access to outstanding facilities in information and communication technologies and library resources.
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 and inclusive education
- 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 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 100 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)
PTE (Academic): 67 (with no less than 55 in each element)
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test