Research course

Educational Organisations and Learning Technology Specialisms

University of Bolton · Institute for Educational Cybernetics

Entry requirements

For the MPhil you should have at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject; upon satisfactory progress you will be able to transfer to the PhD. To be considered for direct registration for the PhD you should also have an MSc (or other postgraduate qualification) in a relevant subject. If you have an honours degree only you will initially register as an MPhil student. Subject to satisfactory review, you can, if you so wish, upgrade to PhD level.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Many professionals working in education or training are effectively researching their work context to develop their own and others understanding, and thereby improve their effectiveness. The Institute for Educational Cybernetics recognises that this often leads to outstanding results and can be the basis for doctorate-level awards.

The MPhil/PhD by Published Work or Practice programmes will support you in structuring your work-based research more formally, and turning it into a number of academic publications or a portfolio, thereby acknowledging your work at the highest level. The programmes are designed so you don't have to leave work and can be completed in as little as three years.

You will be supported by a first supervisor, who will offer specialised guidance, and a second supervisor, who will provide a more general overview of your studies. Depending on your qualifications and experience you may register for an MPhil with the option to progress to a PhD or register for the PhD directly.

The Institute for Educational Cybernetics has a diverse set of research interests focussing on educational organisation and the use and development of learning technologies for schools, colleges and universities, as well as business and commerce.

Information for international students

Please visit our website. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, i.e. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
30 - 36 months


part time
60 - 72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
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