Research course

Education and Educational Technology

Open University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us ( MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

Education; Education for sustainability; Education futures; Innovation and education; Technology-enhanced learning.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) is one of the leading education research units in the UK. It is an internationally respected centre of excellence, pursuing innovative and rigorous research that influences policy and practice. CREET research is multidisciplinary and is united by:

  • a focus on learning through diverse media in a wide range of social, cultural and disciplinary settings
  • a radical, challenging approach to established orthodoxies in policy, pedagogy, theory and research methods
  • a major thread of sociocultural theorising across all research areas.

We provide research students with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities. For research of an interdisciplinary nature, we liaise with departments in other faculties such as Maths, Computing and Technology for technology, communication and education topics. All of our programmes were designed following Economic and Social Research Council guidelines. We offer a three-year full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme and a part-time Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme.

CREET offers a unique opportunity to study the theory, application and practice of education and educational technology with guidance from world-class experts in the field.

Key facts
  • Three broad research themes: child and youth studies, education studies, and technology-enhanced learning.
  • A large community of researchers including 45 PhD students and approximately 150 EdD students.
  • A thriving interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Opportunities and support provided for research students to attend workshops, seminars and conferences at other national and international institutions.


One of our exciting research facilities at The Open University is the Jennie Lee Research Laboratory complex which provides state-of-the-art facilities for research in educational technology and related areas. It includes eye-tracking equipment that is used, for example, for usability testing and has also been used for postgraduate research that collected data on student interactions. Another facility within the laboratory is the gaming room and observation suite, which have also been used for postgraduate research into gaming and informal learning. General information about the laboratory complex can be found here.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364