MPhil/PhD Programme

The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2016 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for AHRC funding applications is Tuesday 12 January 2016. For more information about the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the M3C website or contact Professor Sue Wheeler, departmental Postgraduate Research Tutor.

Programme Outline

The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a MPhil/PhD programme for students undertaking research in the fields of:

  • Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Popular Culture and Spirituality/Religion

The programme welcomes applications for full- or part-time registration from UK, EU and International students. Full-time MPhil/PhD registrands must be resident in the Leicester area during their period of registration.

Is this the Programme for me?

For information about what's involved, registration fees, writing a research proposal, etc, please have a look around the webpages.

What should I do next?

We are happy to receive informal enquiries and ideas about potential research topics, as our academic staff may or may not have the expertise to engage in supervision of your topics.

It is important to look at the research interests of VCLL academic staff, and to discuss your area of interest with us early on in the application process.  

For initial discussion about your topic and research proposal, please contact one of our potential PhD supervisors.

How do I apply?

Applications should be made via the University's online application portal when your research proposal has been agreed.

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MPhil/PhD Enquiries

Please address MPhil/PhD enquiries to:

PhD Main Supervisors

Adult Education and
Lifelong Learning

Popular Culture &

Postgraduate Tutor

Professor Sue Wheeler

Key Facts

Course Location:

MPhil: 50,000 words
PhD: 80,000 words

Registration Period:
Full-time: 1-2 years
Part-time: 2-4 years
Full-time: 3-4 years
Part-time: 4-7 years

Registration Fees:
For details of Home, EU and International fees, click here

Entry Requirements:
For details, click here

Funding Your Studies:
For studentship and funding opportunities, click here

Full-time registrants must be resident in the Leicester area during their period of registration