Entry requirements

Before you submit an application, you will be invited to one or more informal discussions with the director of research and potential supervisors. Only if the outcome is positive are you are invited to submit a formal application. Applications for research degrees are assessed on the following criteria: - that the proposed research seems likely to satisfy the academic requirements of a research degree; - that the proposed research is feasible in practical terms; - that you seem likely to be able to cope with the academic demands of a research degree; - that the Faculty is able to provide the appropriate supervisory expertise and resources. Once assessed, you will be either invited to a formal enrolment interview or asked to revise your application and resubmit it.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Education is involved in a wide range of research in education policy and practice from the Early Years to Further and Higher Education and Lifelong Learning. The Centre for Research in Education engages in education research across all age phases, from Early Years, through Primary and Secondary Schools, FE and Post 16, Higher Education, and lifelong learning. Areas of interest in which staff are currently active include:

  • Assessment
  • Creativity
  • Early Years
  • Post-16 Provision
  • Education Policy
  • Music Education
  • Maths Education
  • Drama Education
  • Workplace learning
  • Management in Education

The School welcomes applications in these and other areas of Faculty expertise.

Research students in Education will join a thriving research community and be part of one of the University’s Research Centres of Excellence.

The School of Education offers supervision for study either part-time or full-time towards a PhD degree. If you are accepted for a PhD, there is a University-wide taught course in research methodologies, and you will be assigned to a director of studies, and at least one second supervisor will also be appointed.

Research students, who have access to a dedicated research room, are encouraged to publish in collaboration with their supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/education-mphil-and-phd
International students
Please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/education-mphil-and-phd

Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
48-84 months
part time
48-84 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595