School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Postgraduate Research

With around 175 students currently studying within doctoral research programmes, the School provides a rich and vibrant context for those wishing to undertake doctoral level degrees.

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PhD/MPhil

The PhD is a useful preparation for a career within academia or consultancy and is open to both full and part time candidates.

Full time students often choose to study for a PhD because they want to pursue in some depth an area of academic interest. Part time study is an exciting option for professionals already working in the education field who want to extend their knowledge on an issue of professional interest often related to their professional responsibilities.

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EdD/EdD TESOL/DChild

Professional Doctorates provide an alternative route to a doctorate for mid-career/senior professionals in mainstream education, English language education and related disciplines.

You will make an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of your dissertation study. You will have demonstrated a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate the results and their implications.

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Our doctoral students play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities in the School. They organise and lead their own regular programme of postgraduate student activities including seminars and conferences.

Research Programmes

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