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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 of 80,000 words. With the support of academic supervisors to guide you, you undertake research training and design and conduct your own research project. We offer high-quality supervision by internationally recognised scholars in areas including educational psychology, education policy, higher education, teaching and learning in schools, professional development, learning in the city, non-formal education, lifelong learning and assessment. Academic staff include experienced researchers with methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods, experimental methods, a range of qualitative research methods and mixed methods. You will be part of a large, diverse doctoral community in an atmosphere that is exciting, creative and welcoming.

You can expect:

  • membership of a research centre, network and/or faculty-wide research group that includes staff and postgraduate researchers
  • a minimum of four taught research methods accredited by the UKs Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • networking opportunities with other doctoral researchers across disciplines and neighbouring universities through membership of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership and Bristol Doctoral College
  • support for attending conferences and publishing research
  • opportunities to apply for short-term paid research assistant and teaching assistant roles
  • access to professional development and short training courses tailored for postgraduate researchers
  • access to a dedicated school library on site, faculty and other University libraries
  • modern and well-appointed study spaces within the School of Education and in the wider university
  • opportunities to participate in seminars (often featuring national and international visitors), research student seminars, reading groups and specialist methodological workshops

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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