Research course

Educational Research - Higher Education (thesis and coursework) PhD

Lancaster University · Educational Research

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree: An upper second class honours (UK or equivalent) in any subject.

Master's degree: A good Master's degree in any background or three years’ practical experience working in higher/further education.

Additional Information: No research proposal is required however you are required to provide a writing sample ie a sample of academic work such as essay or a chapter from a dissertation.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time programme was developed to meet the needs of experienced professionals in the areas of higher and further education. The aim is to provide an opportunity for you to become an autonomous researcher and gain deeper and more critical insight into your own and others’ professional practices and concerns.

The four year course is structured, supported and assessed, through modules involving directed study and residential teaching. The course is organised around a series of residentials which enable participants to meet, socialise, and participate in seminars and lectures. You will focus on your final research thesis from the third year onwards.

Please go to our departmental web pages for further information about this programme.

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing elements and 5.5 in the speaking and listening elements. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Kathryn Doherty
+44 (0)1524 593572