Research course

Education PhD/MPhil

University of Nottingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Masters in a relevant discipline and 2:1 (or international equivalent); plus two years of relevant professional experience

Months of entry


Course content

In the school, we have a broad commitment to improving and investigating social justice and equality in education. We provide a dynamic research environment, with a community of more than 300 students from 40 different countries. Some study and live here in the UK, while others are based countries around the world and make periodic visits to the UK to see their supervisor(s).

You will study alongside academic experts and will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Full-time students meet with their supervisors at least 10 times each year, while part-time students meet with them at least six times in the same period.

Education research areas include:

  • changing literacy practices
  • education for human flourishing
  • education and international development
  • higher, adult and vocational education
  • learning sciences
  • learning through the arts, creative pedagogies and science
  • mathematics education
  • school leadership and improvement
  • teachers' work, professionalism and education policy

Entry to our postgraduate research programme is competitive and having a strong research proposal is therefore very important.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your studies, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Support Hub
+44 (0)115 951 5559