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. 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.
Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR): The Centre for European and International Studies Research brings together more than 60 researchers and 20 postgraduates from across the University, it offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment within which to pursue research. Activities have been funded by major UK and European research councils, including the AHRC, ESF, ESRC, EU, UNESCO, the British Academy and various NGOs. Under the CEISR umbrella, researchers are grouped into the following research areas: Francophone Africa, International Development Studies and Security Issues, Language Across Borders, Social and Cultural History, Sociology and Social Theory, Transnational Europe, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Mental Health and Well-being in Childhood and Education
- Moral development and bullying
- Homelearning - emotional and social development
- Childhood obesity
- Mental health, parenting and childhood
- Young care-leavers and Resilience
Childhood and International Development
- Children’s literacy and ethnicity
- Gender and education
- Global childhoods
- Childhood and bereavement
Action Research in Teacher Education
- 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
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.
The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Team
- 023 9284 5566