Research course

Education and Lifelong Learning

University of East Anglia · School of Education and Lifelong Learning
PhDMPhilMA by researchEdD

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil, PhD, and EdD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Please note that applicants applying for the Faculty of Social Science PhD studentships require a master degree result of at least 65% (or equivalent) overall and at least a 65% result for a dissertation or extended research element as part of that master course.

For the EdD course:
Candidates will normally be expected to have a relevant Masters degree and preferably some experience of research. It is also expected that applicants will have some years experience in a relevant professional area.
This is a part-time course, not a distance learning course. Attendance at study blocks is required.
Due to UKVI visa regulations this course is only available to Home and EU nationals.

This course has a cohort every two years.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Research students in the School of Education at UEA are drawn from many different countries and cultures, and a wide range of professions and backgrounds, including schools and higher education; educational policy and administration; police, medical and nurse education; music and the visual arts; community and pastoral education; and education for development.

Research degrees involve a programme of independent research under the supervision of academic staff, resulting in a thesis and viva voce examination.

Research in the School is broad in scope and outstanding in quality. We have extensive links with overseas agencies and organisations, and strong working relationships with practitioners, educators and policymakers in all sectors of the education system and other professional fields.

Research is organised around a number of research groups, each undertaking work of national and international significance. Each group comprises faculty, research associates, academic visitors, and research students, providing a vibrant and dynamic research culture.

There is strong cross group collaborative activity between the groups as well as close collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines and professions. Research groups and their expertise include:

– Research in mathematics education

– Literacy and development

– Higher education and society

– Critical cultural studies in education

– Sport, health and education research

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all components) or equivalent qualification.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709