Research course

Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement

Institution
Lancaster University · Educational Research
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A good Honours Degree (UK or equivalent) and usually a taught Masters degree or its equivalent.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Gain deeper insight into your professional practice, learn to become an autonomous researcher, and study in a stimulating virtual environment as you tackle key Higher Education issues. Our distinctive PhD programme draws you into a strong research culture and provides the environment for you to establish your reputation as a skilled and published HE researcher.

Undertaken entirely online over a minimum of four years, the programme typically attracts a dynamic group of international PhD students. You will have the opportunity to engage with influential research and wider debates around policy and change, enhancing learning and teaching, and assessment and evaluation. Your learning is applied specifically to the contexts and priorities of the Higher Education environment in which you are working.

You and your global peers will connect with highly-regarded, research-active programme tutors, departmental staff, and our Higher Education Research and Evaluation research hub. You will benefit from our extensive and diverse research experience and a broad spectrum of departmental interests, including: evaluation, disciplinary differences, policy implementation, learning and teaching in HE, discourse and literacies, and the management of change.

Since the first Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1992 the Department has consistently been judged to be one of the best in the UK. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed us in the top six research-intensive Education departments in the UK, with 78% of our research activity graded as world leading or internationally excellent and 92% of our academic staff submitted. Our department is ranked 54th in the world by the Times Higher World Rankings 2018.

Our virtual community can also be an invaluable circle of critical friends, with the potential to grow into an important network for your career in Higher Education research, evaluation and enhancement. You’ll will have the opportunity to benefit from our extensive resources, including a library of previous students’ work, and from the international network of senior managers who have completed our departmental programmes over 25 years; many of whom are now directing change in their own universities.

You should find that the programme delivers a very human, inclusive and rich learning environment that’s also supportive and sociable. Skills development elements such as research methodologies, critical thinking and academic writing are complemented by engagement in online forums, peer and tutor review, webinars, interactive work, and skype conversations with supervisors.

During the first two years, you’ll undertake three large and two smaller taught modules covering key HE issues, approaches and theories, as well as research methods. In years 3 and 4, you’ll move on to undertake research and write a thesis, which is produced under the detailed supervision of a subject expert and gfor which one of the objectives is to contribute new knowledge to the scholarly community.

Our publish-as-you-go assessment model sees you produce several shorter papers suitable for publication in an academic journal or for presentation to conference. It has multiple positive outcomes: it can build your academic profile, result in the publication of journal papers and articles and/or conference presentations, and, provide evidence of the impact that your research may have if practically applied.

The programme is designed so that you can access and contribute to activities at times convenient to your employment. It provides the opportunity for you to develop your skills as an effective and valuable change agent in your university and potential outcomes include career progression, a move into an academic post, and the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity.

Your PhD is awarded on completion of your supervised research, a viva examination and approved thesis.

Gain deeper insight into your professional practice, learn to become an autonomous researcher, and study in a stimulating virtual environment as you tackle key Higher Education issues. Our distinctive PhD programme draws you into a strong research culture and provides the environment for you to establish your reputation as a skilled and published HE researcher.

Undertaken entirely online over a minimum of four years, the programme typically attracts a dynamic group of international PhD students. You will have the opportunity to engage with influential research and wider debates around policy and change, enhancing learning and teaching, and assessment and evaluation. Your learning is applied specifically to the contexts and priorities of the Higher Education environment in which you are working.

You and your global peers will connect with highly-regarded, research-active programme tutors, departmental staff, and our Higher Education Research and Evaluation research hub. You will benefit from our extensive and diverse research experience and a broad spectrum of departmental interests, including: evaluation, disciplinary differences, policy implementation, learning and teaching in HE, discourse and literacies, and the management of change.

Since the first Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1992 the Department has consistently been judged to be one of the best in the UK. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed us in the top six research-intensive Education departments in the UK, with 78% of our research activity graded as world leading or internationally excellent and 92% of our academic staff submitted. Our department is ranked 54th in the world by the Times Higher World Rankings 2018.

Our virtual community can also be an invaluable circle of critical friends, with the potential to grow into an important network for your career in Higher Education research, evaluation and enhancement. You’ll will have the opportunity to benefit from our extensive resources, including a library of previous students’ work, and from the international network of senior managers who have completed our departmental programmes over 25 years; many of whom are now directing change in their own universities.

You should find that the programme delivers a very human, inclusive and rich learning environment that’s also supportive and sociable. Skills development elements such as research methodologies, critical thinking and academic writing are complemented by engagement in online forums, peer and tutor review, webinars, interactive work, and skype conversations with supervisors.

During the first two years, you’ll undertake three large and two smaller taught modules covering key HE issues, approaches and theories, as well as research methods. In years 3 and 4, you’ll move on to undertake research and write a thesis, which is produced under the detailed supervision of a subject expert and gfor which one of the objectives is to contribute new knowledge to the scholarly community.

Our publish-as-you-go assessment model sees you produce several shorter papers suitable for publication in an academic journal or for presentation to conference. It has multiple positive outcomes: it can build your academic profile, result in the publication of journal papers and articles and/or conference presentations, and provide evidence of the impact that your research may have if practically applied.

The programme is designed so that you can access and contribute to activities at times convenient to your employment. It provides the opportunity for you to develop your skills as an effective and valuable change agent in your university and potential outcomes include career progression, a move into an academic post, and the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity.

The programmes has three core modules:

Enhancing Higher Education: Policy and Change Processes
Evaluative Practice in Social Policy Domains: Higher Education
Enhancing Learning, Teaching and Assessment at University
And two support modules:

Connecting Research and Practice
Researching Higher Education
Your PhD is awarded on completion of your supervised research, a viva examination and approved thesis.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 for reading and writing and 5.5 for speaking and listening.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the 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

Name
Kathryn Doherty
Email
kathryn.doherty@lancaster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1524 593572