Research course


Queen's University Belfast · School of Education

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider,or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. A 2.2 may also be considered Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Months of entry


Course content


We undertake a wide range of educational research. Staff research expertise can support projects in the areas of pedagogy, learning assessment and curriculum as well as human rights, equality and social cohesion. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners with a strong emphasis on ethical engagement.

Education staff play a major role in the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, in particular the ‘What Works for Schools’ strand. This is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre comprising over 90 academic and research staff. We are also home to three other globally recognised research centres:

  • Centre for Behaviour Analysis
  • Centre for Children's Rights
  • Centre for Shared Education

Research Strengths

The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work provides a rich and vibrant context for educational research. The core discipline of Education at Queen’s is one of the leading areas for educational research in the UK and Ireland and our education research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87 per cent of the research undertaken within this subject assessed as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' (REF, 2014).

Our research comprises a variety of methodologies, among which are randomised control trials; ethnographic, children’s rights-based, multidisciplinary, projective and constructivist methodologies, and large-scale attitudinal surveys. Innovations in methodology, as well as developing innovative practice, are key drivers of our research activity. The wider influence of research is also evident in the extensive involvement of staff and students in key national and international research networks and our ability to attract major international conferences to Queen’s.

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website at

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Lara Sittlington
+44 (0)28 9097 5961
+44 (0)28 9097 5066