Research course

Higher Education

Institution
University of Kent · University of Kent
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or Master’s in a subject relevant to your proposed research topic. We strongly recommend that you contact the Centre to discuss your plans before making a formal application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The newly created Centre for the Study of Higher Education at Kent provides a base for taught postgraduate provision with a distinctive focus on the field of Higher Education. The Centre is also a focal point for research in this area, supported by seminars and events to which all postgraduate students are warmly welcomed.

We currently offer four postgraduate programmes, each tailored according to different levels of experience and designed for you to select subject matter according to your own professional interests and role. The emphasis throughout is on developing an understanding of the Higher Education context, the diversity of provision and the implications for all aspects of academic work in the 21st century.

Students on our taught programmes come from a wide range of subject backgrounds and bring a rich variety of experiences to their work, resulting in a lively interdisciplinary dimension to the taught modules and opportunities for debate.

Since 2012, the Centre has offered a new PhD programme in Higher Education. This programme can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and is aimed at those with a professional or scholarly interest in any aspect of higher education who wish to develop as independent researchers in the field.

Research on HE at Kent includes work on education policy, the philosophy, economics, management and politics of HE, disciplinary teaching and learning, learning technology, academic practice and sociological perspectives on academic work.

The Centre draws on expertise from across the University, so we can offer high-quality PhD supervision; we work very carefully to match you with a supervisory panel that suits your interests and ambitions. There are further details on the research activities and publications of individual members of staff on the Centre’s website.

In addition to regular meetings with supervisors, all research students take part in a tailored research training programme, which can include research methods modules offered by the Centre or by other schools, as appropriate. As well as attending the regular research seminars offered by the Centre, you are encouraged to participate in the seminars, workshops, newer researcher networks and masterclasses offered by the scholarly bodies in the discipline, including the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Department specialisms

Kent’s world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. The academic staff in this school and their research interests are shown below. You are strongly encouraged to contact the school to discuss your proposed research and potential supervision prior to making an application. Please note, it is possible for students to be supervised by a member of academic staff from any of Kent’s schools, providing their expertise matches your research interests. Use our ‘find a supervisor’ search to search by staff member or keyword. Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/cshe/about.html

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Name
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Email
cshe@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1227 824013