Education

Degrees
Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September or January

Research overview

Research overview

Highlights

  • 6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • PhD studentships available through the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social sciences research
  • Home to one of the largest education libraries in the UK

The Graduate School of Education is one of the most diverse and highly regarded schools of education in the country.

We encourage a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture within the Graduate School of Education, based around strategic areas of expertise.

Our international community of researchers has an excellent record of winning external funding, and our research centres provide structure and support, promoting collaboration and impact.

A PhD in Education from the University of Exeter will enable you to gain an in-depth grounding in educational research methods through ESRC recognised training. As an MPhil/PhD level student you will become part of a research-intensive Graduate School, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

You will benefit from holistic support including content and methodologies relevant to your research, as well as the opportunity for a personal mentor. Research students are integrated into the research culture and welcome to participate in the School’s annual staff-student conference, external conferences and the School’s research seminar series.

We embrace a considerable variety of research activity, from large-scale externally funded programmes to small-scale collaborations with local teachers. Many of these involve links with leading researchers worldwide.

Because of our size and the fact that we are not wedded to any one research paradigm, we can offer research supervision in many areas of educational research. We are one of only 31 educational research training outlets recognised by the ESRC and one of only 18 to receive ESRC studentship quota awards. We are also the only recognised outlet for four-year PhD (full- and part-time), distance learning and CASE research training.

We are located on the historic and beautiful St Luke’s Campus and provide excellent support for all our postgraduate students. This ideal setting is within easy walking distance of both the city centre and the University’s Streatham Campus, where students are encouraged to make use of the additional facilities available to them.

Key research areas

We have focused the key areas of our research around six distinct but interdisciplinary research centres:

We also nurture a number of smaller and less formal research networks, which augment and complement our larger centres.

We have a group of enthusiastic high quality researchers who are committed to developing their own high quality research and high quality researchers of the future. Why not find out more about our research culture by reading about the experiences of some of our researchers?

If you are looking for a research supervisor or collaborator look at our individual staff pages.

Facilities

The Graduate School of Education has specialist facilities to support your studies, including one of Britain’s best Education libraries, a separate resources library, a print unit with full reprographic services and extensive IT facilities.

The School is well resourced in terms of research support.  Doctoral students are provided with a newly refurbished, modern Research Support Unit containing computers and other equipment, plus a variety of quiet work areas including allocated offices and 'drop in' space. The 'drop in' space is open to all postgraduate students, while allocated offices are only available to those in the research phase of their studies.

We also have a postgraduate common room which offers our postgraduate taught and research students a place to socialise and relax in a peaceful environment.

The St Luke’s Campus has its own restaurant, cafeteria, bar, indoor swimming pool, two gymnasia, including an advanced conditioning studio, and grass volleyball/tennis courts for summer use.

Careers

Our postgraduate programmes are designed to give you career progression in your specialist educational area of choice. On completion, you will be equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills.

In addition to the College's Employability Officer, Career Zone gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics for a successful research degree and acts as a springboard for a research career.

Opportunities for teaching

We are committed to providing opportunities for research students to teach if this is appropriate to your professional development and to the needs of our programmes.

Entry requirements 2018

MPhil/PhD

You will normally be expected to have obtained a first degree equivalent to at least a UK 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant area such as social sciences, humanities or management.

Our online learning resource 'Considering a UK PhD?' provides lots of helpful advice and information from staff and students about the PhD experience at Exeter.

You may wish to read our research programme application process page, which gives tips on how to put together a successful research degree application.

Applicants for research programmes are also advised to visit the College's webpages to check for specific advice (see further information link). Here you will be able to find out about staff research interests and make preliminary enquiries about supervision. We advise that you do this before applying.

EdD

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

All applicants for the degree of Doctor of Education should normally:

  • possess three years’ relevant professional experience
  • be holders of a postgraduate Master’s degree such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Education, (MEd) or a cognate discipline (for information on the equivalence of international qualifications, please see the International Students website) or be able to prove that you have the research skills, vision and motivation to make your research project a success.

Applicants whose first language is not English must, additionally, submit evidence that they have met the University’s requirements of proficiency in English.

If you already have doctoral-level credits or prior professional experience that can be accredited at doctoral level, you may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), which allows you to be exempt from some modules. You may not begin the thesis phase, or submit a thesis for examination, unless you have the necessary credits required for entry to the thesis phase. The maximum number of credits you may APL is 180.

Please include the following with your application:

  • A brief (1000 word) research proposal stating your research interest. It is advisable to include a initial research plan, with reference to appropriate literature and methodology.
  • A brief personal statement explaining your reasons for undertaking the EdD and how it will link with your professional practice
  • At least one reference clarifying your suitability for undertaking doctoral study, eg from a tutor on your Masters degree course, or from a senior professional colleague if the Masters was completed some years ago

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you may be required to take English language and other tests as decided by the centre prior to an offer being made.

QualificationEnglish language requirements
IELTS (Academic) Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
TOEFL IBT* Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Degrees

MPhil/PhD

A PhD in Education from the University of Exeter will enable you to gain an in-depth grounding in educational research methods through ESRC recognised training. As an MPhil/PhD level student you will become part of a research-intensive Graduate School, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

You will benefit from holistic support including content and methodologies relevant to your research, as well as the opportunity for a personal mentor. Research students are integrated into the research culture and welcome to participate in the School’s annual staff-student conference, external conferences and the School’s research seminar series.

We embrace a considerable variety of research activity, from large-scale externally funded programmes to small-scale collaborations with local teachers. Many of these involve links with leading researchers worldwide.

Because of our size and the fact that we are not wedded to any one research paradigm, we can offer research supervision in many areas of educational research. We are one of only 31 educational research training outlets recognised by the ESRC and one of only 18 to receive ESRC studentship quota awards. We are also the only recognised outlet for four-year PhD (full- and part-time), distance learning and CASE research training.

There are three routes to a PhD available:

Four-Year PhD

This is the recommended route for students with little research training or experience in educational (or social science) research. You can apply directly for the Four-Year PhD which includes as its first year the MSc Educational Research.

MPhil/PhD

With this route, you register for an MPhil and follow some research training, without undertaking assessment, in the first year.  This is currently 1 or 2 research training modules according to previous experience.

PhD direct entry

The PhD direct entry route is only available for students who have already completed our MSc Educational Research or a similar programme and may apply to register directly onto the three-year PhD.

The following diagram may help to determine which route is best for you.

EdD Education - Professional Doctorate

The EdD is a ‘Professional Doctorate’ which is equivalent in level to a PhD, but includes a taught modular phase as well as the thesis. It is particularly suited to professionals who aim to link research closely with their existing professional practice. The PhD is more suited to those planning to become professional researchers.

For full details see our EdD Education page.

Finance: fees and funding

 Award/PathwayFee

EdD Generic route - part-time only

UK/EU: £2,550 part-time
International: £8,000 part-time

EdD SEN pathway
TESOL pathway (Exeter)

UK/EU: £5,100 full-time; Pro rata part-time
International: £16,000 full-time; Pro rata part-time

EdD TESOL pathway (Dubai)

Year 1 entry: £8,250

MPhil/PhD

UK/EU: £4,400 full-time, £2,200 part-time
International: £16,400 part-time

Funding

Our Postgraduate Research Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.  Find out about current funding opportunities for our research programmes.

Current available funding

Contact us

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.

The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postgraduate Research Admissions

Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Web: Enquire online

Postal address

Graduate School of Education 
University of Exeter 
Heavitree Road 
Exeter EX1 2LU 
England

Degrees

MPhil/PhD

A PhD in Education from the University of Exeter will enable you to gain an in-depth grounding in educational research methods through ESRC recognised training. As an MPhil/PhD level student you will become part of a research-intensive Graduate School, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

You will benefit from holistic support including content and methodologies relevant to your research, as well as the opportunity for a personal mentor. Research students are integrated into the research culture and welcome to participate in the School’s annual staff-student conference, external conferences and the School’s research seminar series.

We embrace a considerable variety of research activity, from large-scale externally funded programmes to small-scale collaborations with local teachers. Many of these involve links with leading researchers worldwide.

Because of our size and the fact that we are not wedded to any one research paradigm, we can offer research supervision in many areas of educational research. We are one of only 31 educational research training outlets recognised by the ESRC and one of only 18 to receive ESRC studentship quota awards. We are also the only recognised outlet for four-year PhD (full- and part-time), distance learning and CASE research training.

There are three routes to a PhD available:

Four-Year PhD

This is the recommended route for students with little research training or experience in educational (or social science) research. You can apply directly for the Four-Year PhD which includes as its first year the MSc Educational Research.

MPhil/PhD

With this route, you register for an MPhil and follow some research training, without undertaking assessment, in the first year.  This is currently 1 or 2 research training modules according to previous experience.

PhD direct entry

The PhD direct entry route is only available for students who have already completed our MSc Educational Research or a similar programme and may apply to register directly onto the three-year PhD.

The following diagram may help to determine which route is best for you.

EdD Education - Professional Doctorate

The EdD is a ‘Professional Doctorate’ which is equivalent in level to a PhD, but includes a taught modular phase as well as the thesis. It is particularly suited to professionals who aim to link research closely with their existing professional practice. The PhD is more suited to those planning to become professional researchers.

For full details see our EdD Education page.