Good degree in a relevant subject is required.
Months of entry
January, October, April
An MPhil/PhD is an opportunity to undertake a major piece of research under the supervision of someone with academic expertise in your field.
As a research student, you will be interested in your own development as a lifelong learner and will seek to engage in critical debate and key issues of education and lifelong learning. You will develop your skills as an independent and active learner, and apply your research skills with theoretical perspectives and understandings of lifelong learning. You will be immersed in an academically stimulating and challenging environment, with easy access to high-quality research resources.
On completing an MPhil/PhD degree you will have developed advanced skills in research and scholarly writing, and will be able to use these to embark on, or further, a career in research. As many of our students study part-time, you may have the opportunity to apply your developing research skills in your current career.
We have academic experts in education after the compulsory phase, including adult, community, further and higher education as well as professional learning, and supervision is offered in a range of areas. These include: Lifelong learning Higher education policy and practice Lifelong learning and widening participation policy and practice Workplace learning Transitions from learning to working The academic workplace Professional learning and education Post-compulsory education Adult education Continuing education Gender and education Education in later life Education and social class Community-based learning.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us.
Find out more about other research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Social Policy and Education
- 020 7631 6888