Research course


University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims:

  • to provide a framework within which students can conduct a piece of original educational research relating to their own experience and interest;
  • to develop fully trained and competent educational researchers, able to understand and use research techniques appropriate to their subject area and to be conversant with approaches used by other social scientists;
  • to enable students to think through how they can use their existing knowledge and skills in different contexts and apply them to a variety of problems;
  • to equip students to pursue other professional research activities subsequently.

This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) pathways:

  • Education (discipline-specific pathway)
  • Health & Wellbeing (interdisciplinary pathway)
  • Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis (interdisciplinary pathway)
  • Environment, Energy & Resilience (interdisciplinary pathway)

Department specialisms

Globalisation, International Education, Policy and Organisation (GIEPO) Philosophy, Language and Educational Practices (PLEP) Physical Cultural Studies (pcs@bath) We also work closely with the International Centre for Higher Education Management.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components). TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

View information on the funding opportunities: Postgraduate research funding opportunities

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 386753