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Postgraduate research in education

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Education

If you're ready to take your knowledge and expertise in Education into a postgraduate research degree, then Portsmouth is the perfect place to achieve your goals.

As a postgraduate research student, you could investigate what education promises, delivers and looks like to different groups of people around the world, or explore the role of education in creating a more just and equal society, and in preparing children for life in wider society.

Our researchers have decades of expertise within education and leadership, the role of education in conflict affected countries, gender, citizenship education, special educational needs, mental health and wellbeing in childhood, teacher training, and transitions to adulthood.

We have strong links with the Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS). We also work closely with local charities and Portsmouth City Council, and approximately 100 local and regional primary and secondary schools and early years settings.

All our postgraduate research programmes are subject to regular and rigorous external assessment by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Our most recent Ofsted inspection rated our School of Education and Sociology ‘outstanding’.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publication opportunities in Education below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Education PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Education, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects

Submit your own idea

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours by searching our Find a PhD Supervisor page. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea.

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Professional Doctorate

If you're a working professional interested in pursuing work-based research in the field of Education, find out more about our Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,327 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,164 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £14,300 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £7,150 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,327 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields.

Apply for an Education research degree

Apply for a research degree in Education by completing our online form. 

Current research

Explore the work we're doing in our 5 areas of expertise in Education.

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