Research course


Durham University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess or expect to receive a relevant Masters degree and must be able to demonstrate proficiency in research methods, e.g. through the successful completion of a taught Masters degree which includes substantial research methods training.

Months of entry


Course content

A Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) provides the opportunity to research a topic in depth and to contribute new knowledge to the world. Students are required to produce a substantial piece of original research (100,000 word thesis) demonstrating a high level of proficiency in professional research skills and an in-depth knowledge of your chosen field. All PhD students undertake individual specialised research on an agreed topic. This could relate to any aspect of the theory, policy and practice of education and may be drawn from any phase of education from early years to post compulsory education. Research topics must align with the interests of a potential supervisor.

While most of our PhD candidates study full-time, we also accept part-time applicants. Completion of the PhD usually takes three years for full-time study and six years for part-time study. As the staff research areas suggest, we can offer supervision in a broad range of areas. What's more, we welcome applications from varied disciplinary backgrounds, not just from those students possessing qualifications in education-related subjects.

Information for international students

English Language requirements include an IELTS overall score of at least 7.0 with no element under 6.0 or a TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) score of at least 102 with no element under 23.

Fees and funding

Durham University offers a range of full and partial funding opportunities to outstanding applicants wishing to study towards doctoral degrees. Durham Doctoral Studentships and Research Council Studentships cover tuition fees and living costs, whilst Scholarships contribute to tuition fees and/or living costs.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Education
(0) 191 334 8310