Class of students

PhD in Education

What we offer

The Institute of Education offers part-time and full-time PhD programmes in Education. Institute colleagues work in a wide range of research traditions with expertise in many areas of education and learning. Our research community encourages openness and debate, enabling students to make informed choices on the approaches they adopt. Research is closely linked with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching - many of our courses and programmes have a strong research component.

Our research expertise

The Institute has long established relationships with national and international partners and also hosts a number of research projects funded by agencies such as the Department for Education, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK Research Councils, the British Council and many more. There are regular lectures from staff about these projects and partnerships and other research interests too.

Our students

Our PhD students form a diverse group and make an important contribution not only to the vitality of the Institute’s research culture, but also to its reputation. To know more about the kinds of research our PhD students are involved with, watch the videos below: 

Student support

In addition to the expertise and support within the Institute, the university’s Doctoral College coordinates training programmes open to all PhD students and uses the Vitae framework to support research skills development and employability.


One of our strengths is the level of individual support you will receive from experts in education and learning. The Faculty assigns all doctoral students a Director of Studies (DoS) and a Supervisor to guide you through your research. Together, they will meet with you regularly to discuss progress and help keep you on target, offering advice and feedback on written work at appropriate times. They will report on your progress and will help to clarify your ideas and to understand and meet the standard of work required. We encourage independence in writing and research practices and help you take advantage of all the excellent opportunities and facilities available.

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