Research course

Children's Play

University of Gloucestershire · School of Arts
PhDMA by research

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area
  • Registration is usually for MA by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 2019.

Our research areas include: play, play-work, children and childhood, philosophy, policy and ethics, play sufficiency, children’s rights, places and spaces, nature and value of children’s play, playful production of time/space, playfulness as well as play, wellbeing and resilience and drama and play as interventions.

We have research interests and expertise across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Draw on our experience of a variety of research epistemologies and methodologies, including creative approaches and practice as research. Attend national and international conferences. Present your work and ideas in the latter stages of your research. Gain support to submit your work for publication.

We have a diverse range of noteworthy current and recent research. For example: ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience through Play and Drama), Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds, Co-producing a play space: reading play-work stories, practices and artefacts on an adventure playground, The Art of Wellbeing: A participatory study with play-workers and children at play and The Play Sufficiency Duty in Wales.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

03330 141414