Research course


University of Glasgow · Department of Educational Studies
PhDMPhilMSc by researchEdD

Entry requirements

The normal entry qualification is a Master's level qualification, or equivalent, in education or a cognate subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

This is an innovative programme offering a professionally relevant and academically rigorous opportunity for advanced study in education. The programme is designed for professionals at all levels in education, training and development, and in education-related fields.

  • The Doctorate is comparable to a PhD in terms of scale and rigour. It differs in that it provides a structured programme of advanced study that is relevant to your profession and focused on the inter-relationship of research, policy and practice.
  • There’s a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.
  • As you focus your studies into specialist areas, you will benefit from the activity of our five knowledge and research transfer groups: Creativity, culture and faith; Interdisciplinary science education, technologies and learning; Professional learning and leadership; Pedagogy, policy and practice; Social justice, place and lifelong education.

Programme Structure

Years 1, 2 and 3
Six taught courses each lasting one semester and each with one weekend in Glasgow. These courses are currently

  • Critical reflection in professional learning and practice
  • Education policy
  • Educational futures
  • Ethics and education OR Lifelong learning
  • Open studies one: Advancing research methods
  • Open studies two: Applying research methods

Years 3 and 4
Work towards the submission of a dissertation of 50,000 to 60,000 words, supported by an appropriate supervisor.

You normally undertake two courses per year. Progressing at a normal pace, successful candidates can complete the Doctorate in five years. However, we realise that circumstances occasionally mean participants need to take a break from studies and the programme allows candidates to suspend their studies for a limited time period.

Department specialisms

Management of Education; Leadership; Policy Studies; Theory; Philosophy of Education; Early Childhood Education; Professional Issues in Education; Comparative and International Education

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 7.0 (with no subtest less than 7) ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23; CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185 CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


distance learning
60 months

Course contact details

Professor Penny Enslin