Research course

Early Scientific Learning

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

CRESL fosters a collaborative approach to developing projects, including applications for external funding, to broaden knowledge of theory and practice within the field of early scientific learning and related fields.

Findings from such research are used to inform science teaching in a range of settings, including teacher education, and are disseminated via the web, conferences and through academic and professional publications. We interpret the phrase 'early scientific learning' to embrace learners of whatever age who are encountering scientific concepts, processes and attitudes at a relatively early stage in their development.

Department specialisms

The Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning (CRESL) promotes both individual and collaborative research and scholarship in primary and early years science education.

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


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

Course contact details

Research Administrator
01225 875510
01225 875496