Research course


Birmingham City University · School of Education

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 expertise in education.

Fees and funding

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595