Entry requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

We are committed to developing our postgraduate students into competent and critical educational researchers able to conduct rigorous and socially impactful research using a variety of methodological approaches.

The Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths is recognised nationally and internationally for its innovative, original, and publicly relevant education research. We encourage research proposals in any of the areas in which the Department has expertise, subject to supervisor availability.

We are particularly interested to hear from those who would like to work within areas such as:

  • art practice and learning
  • children’s literature and education
  • curriculum policy and practice
  • social justice and education
  • race, politics, and education
  • progressive pedagogies
  • multilingualism
  • global education
  • education governance
  • education policy
  • early years education
  • comparative education
  • educational research ethics as situated practice

The Department of Educational Studies has about forty home and international research students. Many of our research students are also practising professionals carrying out research related to their work. Students study either full-time or part-time.

Students become members of the Department’s Research Centres and they're encouraged to contribute along with staff and other visiting scholars to their seminar series and to the Department’s rich research culture. Additional facilities for research students are provided by the Goldsmiths Graduate School.

The Department of Educational Studies also participates in two prestigious Doctoral Training Partnerships (please see the Funding section below).

Have a look at our student profiles and their research topics.

Information for international students

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

ESRC/SeNSS studentships

Fully-funded ESRC studentships are available via the South-East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), a consortium formed of 10 leading UK Universities, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training.

A number of past and current students on this programme have been awarded SeNSS studentships.

For information about ESRC/SeNSS funding please, visit the ESRC studentships section.

AHRC/CHASE studentships

Fully-funded AHRC studentships are available via the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), a consortium of nine leading UK institutions offering additional professional development opportunities including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with arts organisations.

For information about AHRC/CHASE funding please, visit the AHRC studentships section.

Departmental Bursaries

For information about the Departmental Bursaries competition please visit our Departmental Bursaries section.

Educational Studies MPhil/PhD research bursaries

The Department of Educational Studies in conjunction with its Research Centres is offering up to three PhD bursaries to prospective students with excellent proposals.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300