Research course

Children and the Environment

Bath Spa University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally as a minimum hold a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK HEI, or its equivalent. A relevant master's degree is also preferred. Applicants should note that they will normally be required to undertake research training as part of their studies unless they can demonstrate equivalent prior training (eg through a relevant Master's programme). Students register as an Advanced Postgraduate in the first instance. Application for formal registration for either the degree of PhD or MPhil takes place within six months, subject to a detailed and satisfactory proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

CERC contributes to a body of knowledge of critical, philosophical, socio-cultural and political discussion within the field in addition to the international debate about improving children's well-being within the contexts of education and community. Projects principally focus on children from disadvantaged urban and rural settings in the Northern hemisphere. Research is undertaken in the Bath and Bristol area as well as internationally, for example, in collaboration with partners in Europe. The central aim is to improve children's lives and well-being through environmental education practice, research and policy. Children will be core members of CERC.

Department specialisms

The Children and the Environment Research Centre (CERC) promotes both individual and collaborative research enterprise and scholarship in the field of children and their environments. CERC builds theory and undertakes research in relation to children's everyday lives and community experience.

Information for international students

International students who do not have English as their first language may have to undertake an IELTS or TOEFL language test. The minimum accepted standard would be 6.5 on the IELTS scale. A higher standard for admission may be required in some fields.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
01225 875510
01225 875496