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Entry requirements

When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a 2.1 honours degree, and a relevant Postgraduate qualification at Masters level would be beneficial.

If you have the equivalent of lower second class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level.

You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.

Months of entry

January, February, April, September, October

Course content

The PhD programme is closely linked to our growing and dynamic research culture in a range of academic interests. You'll benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff, working alongside a portfolio of dynamic and popular masters programmes. Our PhD programme also has recognition from ESRC +3 for PhDs in the areas of Sociology and Social Policy.

The School of Law and Social Sciences Graduate School provides a focal point for the management and support of our PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes. Research students who study at LSBU become a vital part of our dynamic research culture and are one of the essential elements which make LSBU an exciting intellectual environment. The School also offers a Professional Doctorate in Education, which consists of two years taught classes, followed by three years independent research.

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community. Explore the staff, facilities and more at the Centre for Education and School Partnerships.

Possible research areas related to education include:

  • Education and social justice
  • Inclusive practice
  • Pedagogy
  • Leadership
  • Professional development
  • Inter- agency collaboration
  • Vocational education
  • Bullying
  • Bereavement
  • Sustainability
  • Learner’s voice
  • Emancipatory research
  • Youth crime
  • International development
  • Widening participation
  • Universal design for inclusive learning
  • Human rights and equality
  • Selection and exclusion
  • Intersectionality
  • Disability,
  • Neurodiversity
  • Autism
  • Gender, sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Age
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Poverty

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    6 years distance learning.

Course contact details

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