Research course


Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

The minimal qualification for PhD applicants is: a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, an excellent research proposal. However, a Master's degree is often preferred as evidence of some experience in research. Holders of other qualifications are welcome to apply.

Research is organised through a number of cross-faculty research themes: Auto/biography and narrative studies Children, families and communities Curriculum innovation and creativity Faith, beliefs and values Inclusion, equalities and social justice Professional development and identity

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Department specialisms

The Faculty has a wide range of vibrant research activities, including the research themes, in which research students actively engage with extensive programmes of seminars, workshops and national and international conferences, all designed to create an inclusive, cosmopolitan academic culture. The research themes are: o Auto/biography and narrative studies o Children, families and communities o Curriculum innovation and creativity o Faith, beliefs and values o Inclusion, equalities and social justice o Professional development and identity Each of the research themes encourages PhD, EdD and other doctoral students, alongside members of the Faculty, to participate and contribute at all stages of their work: from initial ideas and proposal submission, to work in progress papers, considering particular ‘challenges’ that may arise in their studies – conceptual, methodological and or ethical – in an open and supportive environment

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from international Students.

Fees and funding

Canterbury Christ Church University Graduate School holds an annual scholarship competition. Details can be found here:

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graduate School/Professor Linden West
+44 (0)1227 782701