Education PhD

Apply for a PhD in Education
How to Apply
1.

Make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests listed below (For TESOL research please refer to English PhD).

2.

Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. In addition to the detailed research proposal please also include a 100 word abstract of the proposal with your application.

3.

Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:

  • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
  • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
  • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

4. Submit your online application

The School of Education has an excellent reputation for being at the forefront of education research of national and international significance.

The School has an excellent track record of developing fruitful local, national, and international collaborations with practitioners, schools, policy-makers, and academic colleagues.

Our Research Degrees

The School of Education offers supervision for the degrees of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Full-Time and Part-Time

We also offer a distance learning PhD - allowing you to gain a University of Leicester research degree wherever you are in the world.

Supervision and Research Areas

We offer PhD supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

 

 

For supervisors with research interests in TESOL please refer to the supervisor lists under English PhD

Interested in a different research area?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

Entry Requirements and Fees

Applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

A Master’s Degree with a minimum of 60% / Grade B in the dissertation from a UK University or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

Sufficient professional experience to undertake the proposed research. (You should have an appropriate background in research or demonstrate based on your academic qualifications and professional experience an ability to do so.)

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements

Tuition fees vary according to the applicant's fee status (UK, EU, or international) and the mode of study (full-time, part-time or distance learning).

See current course fees

Studentships and Funding

Funded PhD studentships and other funding opportunities are advertised as they become available.

See current studentships and funding

PhD Description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time/distance learning).

A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time/distance learning) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

PhDs Explained - Description and Requirements

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