A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Months of entry
Why take this course?
We offer excellent postgraduate research supervision, as well as taught Master’s degrees including a significant research component. Our researchers can provide you with high-quality research supervision in areas such as teaching and learning processes, special educational needs, mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, digital society and education, childhood, gender and culture, and early years provision.
All our programmes are subject to regular and rigorous external assessment by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Student satisfaction has placed us near the top of the National Student Survey and our most recent Ofsted inspection rated the department ‘outstanding’.
We have strong links with the three research centres in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS). We also work closely with local charities and Portsmouth City Council, as well as approximately 100 local and regional primary and secondary schools and early years settings.
- Moral development and bullying
- Homelearning - emotional and social development
- Childhood obesity
- Mental health, parenting and childhood
- Young care-leavers and Resilience
- Children’s literacy and ethnicity
- Gender and education
- Global childhoods
- Childhood and bereavement
- Teaching and learning processes
- Aspects of Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
- Education management
- Post 16 education and training
- Curriculum provision in secondary and post-compulsory education
- Early years curriculum
- Digital natives
- Social media and learning in schools
- Special educational needs and provision
- Alternative curriculum programs
Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.
In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Team
- 023 9284 5566