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Postgraduate Study - PhD and Research Degrees

Education

Degrees

Degree types explained

  • MPhil/PhD Education
Duration

Degree duration details

Start date

September or January

Location St Luke's Campus
Study modes

Study mode details

Full time or part time

Overview

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

Education research pages

How to apply

Apply online

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Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Contact

Web: Enquire online
Phone: 0300 555 6060 (UK)
+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

100% of our Education research has internationally excellent impact*

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021*

Top 125 in the world for Education

The Times Higher World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK

Flexible programme designed to meet the needs of busy professionals

Research overview

  • The 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 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 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 Lecture 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.

We have focused the key areas of our research around five 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. 

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

How to apply

Entry requirements

Before you apply you must meet the Entry requirements of this programme:

You will normally be expected to have obtained or be in the process of achieving, a Masters level qualification (with Merit or Distinction) in a relevant area such as education, social sciences, humanities or management.

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

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile E: view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

PhD and Research Programme application process

The information below applies to self-funded PhD, MPhil and Masters by Research applicants, but if you are applying for a funded PhD studentship, please follow the specific instructions related to that application.

  • Pinpoint your PhD research area
  • Investigate whether this area is available at Exeter
  • Ensure that you meet our English language entry requirements (international students only)
  • Construct and refine your PhD research proposal
  • Approach your potential supervisor(s)
  • Apply online

PhD studentships pages can be accessed in our Funding lists on Finance tabs under each research topic page, and are also available from the Postgraduate Research search results pages on this site, on the PhD projects tab.

Full details of the application process can be found on our Apply now webpage.

 

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2024/25

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Tuition fees per year 2023/24

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Our Postgraduate 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.

Current available funding

Supervision

You can expect:

  • High-quality research supervision to develop and nurture your potential
  • A tailored supervision approach to help best suit your requirements
  • Accessible supervisors who are enthusiastic about working directly with postgraduate research students
  • Regular timetabled meetings with your supervisor
  • 'Open door' policy to all postgraduate students - instant access to world-leading researchers who will share their expertise and ideas with you
  • Regular meetings with your supervisory team, other members of your research group, and mentors

› Education staff profiles

You will only be able to pursue a research degree with us if we can offer appropriate supervision. Your supervisors will provide the necessary support and guidance and so need to have expertise in your chosen research field. You may join a research team or work with specific members of staff.

We strongly recommend that you informally approach your potential supervisor(s) with your research proposal before submitting a formal application to study. This will enable you to find out if they feel they would be able to supervise you and whether they believe your research proposal needs further refinement.

Visit our how to apply page for detailed information on the application process.

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Facilities

The School of Education has specialist facilities to support your studies, including one of Britain’s best Education libraries.

Doctoral students can access appropriate study spaces containing IT and other equipment, plus a variety of quiet work areas including some allocated offices and 'drop in' space, and social spaces. The 'drop in' space is open to all postgraduate students, while there are a limited number of allocated offices allocated on a priority basis.

Training

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 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.

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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.

Some examples of recent destinations of our research students are listed here. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/2017

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job Titles

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Lecturer English Language
  • Senior Lecturer Mathematics Education
  • Head of E-Learning Section
  • Chief of Accreditation of Professional Development programs
  • Training Manager
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Educational and Child Psychologist
  • Educational Biologistics
  • State English Language Teacher in Secondary Education
  • Senior lecturer in teacher education
  • Head Teacher
  • Lecturer in Education
  • Research Fellow
  • Academic Skills Adviser
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Educational Psychologist

Employers

  • University of Exeter
  • University of St Mark and St John
  • University of Bristol
  • Teignmouth Community College
  • Surrey Council
  • Torbay Council
  • Someret County Council
  • Ministry of Education, Greece
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • Deerpark CBS Secondary School
  • Cambridgeshire county council

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