Why Study for a Research Degree at Leicester?

The School of Education is one of the leading Education departments in the UK, with an excellent reputation for its research and teaching. It is active in a wide range of research projects and in recent years has been successful in obtaining research funds from a variety of local, national and international funding bodies.

Our doctoral programme is currently full. We will be recruiting again for the May 2018 intake, and we would welcome high-quality applications from February 2018.

Please note that you must have a minimum score of 6.5 overall in IELTS with a minimum of 6 in ALL four sub-sections (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) in order to apply.

Research Degrees

Full or Part-time

Become a part of a vibrant research community

As a postgraduate student at Leicester you are a part of a vibrant research community. Campus-based doctoral students run their own, thriving, research methods discussion group. Our annual summer school brings together doctoral students from all over the world, and there is an annual postgraduate research conference at which students present and discuss their work. The conference is a highlight of the year, buzzing with ideas and animated discussion.

As supervisors and tutors, we also undertake research into our own practice. We are particularly proud that for the last two years we have been funded by HEA Social Sciences to undertake two key projects to develop effective pedagogies for supporting doctoral students. Our focus has been on developing doctoral students’ understanding of criticality through peer assessment. In the first phase of the project, students developed research posters, which they displayed in an online gallery. All participants engaged in providing formative feedback to other students, and then developed and improved their own posters on the basis of the feedback received. The improved versions were then presented in person at the postgraduate research conference.

In addition to events tailored to doctoral students, postgraduate students are welcomed at discussion fora and research events led by academic staff, including our ‘Food for Thought’ research seminars, our Special Interest Group meetings and our annual School of Education conference.

See 2014's various news stories and successes from across the University's research student community:   http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/gradschool/2014-review

Personalised academic support

Each doctoral student is allocated a main and a second supervisor, with expertise and scholarship in an area relevant to the student’s research focus. Students and supervisors work closely together to identify the research issue to be investigated and to develop the project and the thesis. Before applying, you are advised to familiarize yourself with the areas of expertise offered by our team of supervisors, and to ensure that the topic you are proposing is consistent with the specialist areas we offer.

University facilities

The David Wilson library provides an excellent range of on-site and electronically accessible resources for all research students, and includes a dedicated area for postgraduates. The School of Education also provides workrooms for doctoral students.

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