Research course


University of Cambridge · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD is primarily designed to train students as independent researchers, so that on completion they can claim professional standing as university academic staff or in any other profession requiring skills in advanced research. Many students publish parts of their research after the award of their PhD or en route to it.

All doctoral students undertake a programme of planned research training over the course of their programme, and individual specialised supervision on an agreed topic. Topics could relate to any aspect of the theory, policy and practice of education and may be drawn from any stage between early education and tertiary and professional education, provided there is a suitable supervisor available with relevant expertise in the topic area. Students are also encouraged to play an active role in research seminars, and engage in opportunities for acquiring transferable skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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