Research course

Research Degrees in the Institute for Research in Education

University of Bedfordshire · School of Education

Entry requirements

Students require a Master's degree in Education or relevant social science subject. Background knowledge in Education as a discipline and a good understanding of research methods is necessary. Students for whom English is not their first language need to demonstrate their ability to undertake doctoral study in English. Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

Key features

  • The ability to undertake independent research
  • Monthly PhD programme complements the supervision activities and provides feedback on research content for progress

About the course

Students will be supervised by an internationally recognised Director of Studies and a second supervisor. In addition to the individual support received through impirical research; group discussion and activities; and critical engagement with diverse education theories, practices and policies; students will gain world-leading experience and skills in educational research.

IRED encourages and supports students to share their research experiences and findings at internal and external conferences and seminars,and by publishing in relevent journals. Students are also supported to develop their academic research profiles/careers and enhance their employability within educational research and academia more broadly.

Career opportunities

A doctorate is increasingly essential for those seeking to establish careers in research (in the public, private and third sector organisations) and academia (teaching, research and various support positions). The research experience acquired through the doctorate can assist applicants in gaining international educational appointments, as well as securing competitive post doctoral research positions.

Qualification and course duration


full time
variable months
part time
variable months

Course contact details

Research Graduate School
+44 (0)1582 489056