• 6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • Ranked 3rd amongst university providers of initial teacher training in the Good Teaching Training Guide 2017
  • Top 150 in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings 2017)
  • PhD studentships available through the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social sciences research
  • Recognised by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and Ofsted as an outstanding provider of Early Years, Primary and Secondary teacher education
  • 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. 

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.

Suthee Ploisawaschai, PhD Education

I’m doing a PhD in Education about academic writing. I also did a Master’s in Educational Research here. During my Master’s year which can form part of the 4-year PhD programme, I had an opportunity to explore a whole variety of topics in education from literacy, philosophy of education, policy, research methods and language acquisition.

I am very fortunate that I have encouraging supervisors for my research and I learn a lot about how to do research. Many people might talk about ‘research culture’ and I guess I participate in it without awareness through enquiring mind and reflective practice. What I like most about doing a PhD is the opportunity to do the research I want to explore and to think about what I have done through feedback as part of the journey into an academic life world.

Suthee Ploisawaschai, PhD Education