Entry requirements

An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and normally a merit at MSc/MA level (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

PhD work centres on research leading to a dissertation. With the support of academic supervisors to guide you, you undertake research training and carry out personal research on a topic of interest. You will work with supervisors, who are internationally-recognised researchers in their field.

The doctoral community is large and diverse; you will also join one of our five research centres and this will give you the opportunity to get to know other researchers working in similar areas. There are more than 90 research students working in the Graduate School of Education. The atmosphere is exciting, creative and welcoming.

The ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre

The Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath form the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC), which draws together the established research excellence of more than 750 academic and research staff from across the three institutions. An online academic journal, which is run by students from the SWDTC, and an annual student-led conference are among the highlights.

The Graduate School of Education's MSc Educational Research programme is one of the research training pathways that make up the SWDTC. This programme forms the basis for the extensive research training programme that all PhD candidates undertake.

Other support includes access to a dedicated library on site; modern, flexible and well-appointed study spaces; a large number of seminars, often featuring national and international visitors; research student seminars; reading groups; and access to specialist methodological support.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC-funded scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
84 months

Course contact details

Student Services Office
+44 (0) 117 331 4234