Research course


University of Birmingham · School of Education
PhDEdDMA by research

Entry requirements

Attainment of good Honours degree awarded by an approved University in an appropriate subject or the equivalent thereof. Or, attainment of an alternative qualification and/or experience judged by the School as indicating potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

We provide wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research degrees. One of our particular strengths is the research we carry out. We have a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence.

We have a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provide wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research. Our academic expertise covers a broad range of disciplines grouped into three main departments:

  • Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs
  • Education and Social Justice
  • Professional Education

Within each department we also have a number of highly successful research centres which reflect the diversity of our research activity.

Our strategy towards research and research degrees is centred on three key principles:

  • Research should seek to combine scholarly and empirical work on fundamental issues with a concern for development work linked to practice; a dialogue between fundamental study and development work can enrich both
  • Research should recognise the importance of professional practice and be pursued through active collaboration with schools, colleges, LAs, and voluntary and other professional bodies in the UK and internationally
  • Research is often a multidisciplinary activity and strong links across specialisms must be encouraged and supported

The interdependence of research with development and professional practice means that we particularly welcome the contribution of research students to our work. We provide a comprehensive programme of research training, together with opportunities to take part in research seminars where speakers with national and international reputations present work that is at the forefront of current debates within the field.

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships on our website

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
72 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005