Research course

E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning (by course work and thesis)

Lancaster University · Educational Research

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree: 2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any background

Master's degree: a good Master's degree or at least three years of practical experience working in a field concerned with learning and technology.

We may also consider non-standard applications, but please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative, four-year (minimum) part-time structured Doctoral Programme combines online learning and residential teaching. It is for motivated, self-managing individuals who work in positions of influence in any sector of education wishing to develop their e-learning research and technology enhanced learning (TEL) practice.
Participants receive structured support in research methodologies and research practice and undertake small-scale studies related to their professional environments. This is followed by a period of intensive individual research supervised by an expert in the field. Participants benefit from a structured set of modules (over two years), residential events, and an online learning community through which they receive support from other participants and tutors.
Please note that each cohort starts in January.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

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.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Fees and funding

Learn more on our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Educational Research
+44 (0)1524 593572