PhD Research by Distance Learning

Key Facts

Mode: Full-time and Part-time

Fees: See our fees pages

Application deadline:


Course start date:

September 2018

Our PhD is designed to equip professional educators with a wide range of research skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise in their chosen field of research.

The PhD by Distance Learning is designed to offer an additional mode of study to those who wish to study for a PhD but would find it difficult to fulfil the requirements of full or part-time study on campus.

Programme Aims

  • Provide you with the skills and knowledge to complete a Doctoral thesis
  • Enhance your professional capabilities through critical analysis
  • Give you the opportunity to access an international learning community through research groups and our virtual learning environment

Programme Structure

There is no difference in examination procedures or standards expected for PhDs gained by distance learning or on campus as both are recognised internationally.

All Distance Learning PhD candidates will initially undertake a structured programme of research training. The research training will consist of four mandatory modules, delivered through a combination of module books and tasks, readings and discussion on the University’s Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Following the completion of the research training, you will begin to focus solely on your proposed theses.  The award of a doctorate requires the presentation of a 80,000 word thesis based on a piece of individually-supervised research.

You will only be expected to visit the Leicester campus for your Probation Review; which must be completed within 24 months of registration, and for your viva exam at the end of your degree. The Probation Review represents the end of the 24 month probationary period and allows your department to assess your overall suitability as a research student based on your performance over the two years. Successful completion of the Probation Period and Review allows you to continue to the PhD phase of the research.

While you will not be required to visit campus at any other time during your registration, you may attend the School of Education Summer School if you wish. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet staff and students in a stimulating environment.

Research Interests

Our research groups cover a variety of areas and we welcome doctoral supervision in the following:

  • Educational Leadership, Learning and Change
  • Pedagogy and Innovation in Mathematics and Science Education
  • Education for Social Justice
  • Learning Innovation
  • Participatory Approaches to Innovation and Reform in Education

Next Step: How to Apply

Next Step: The Programme

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