Research course


University of Worcester · Institute of Education

Entry requirements


First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline, or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement.


A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or the applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.

An applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on his or her merits. Evidence of ability and background knowledge must be provided in relation to the proposed topic and research degree.

Any applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 7 in writing (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting a programme.

MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in a range of areas of Education.

Research in Education at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic and engaged research student body in Education.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree, but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.

Department specialisms

Applied psychology; Transpersonal psychology; Martial arts (history, philosophy, psychology); Special and inclusive education in the developing world; Initial teacher education in the developing world; Education and social sciences; education of gifted, talented and highly able pupils; effective pedagogies for creative arts learning; the development of musical ability; music psychology; Biology education; Science education; Initial Teacher Education (Secondary); the importance of effective practical work, including dissection and field work, in Science education; continuing professional development for Science teachers; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Enrichment and Enhancement. Linguistics (especially Sociolinguistics), Critical Pedagogy (especially Adult Learning), Employability in HE, Disability in HE; religion and society; especially religion and education; the history of Religious Education in the 1960s and 70s; Educational Development; HE Initial and CPD; Learning Development; Skills development; Negotiated Learning; Change management in education/HEIs; Policy and practice in education; Inclusion and social justice in education; Learning and teaching in schools (language and literacy, reading, writing, speaking and listening); Professional Development Schools/Creating Learning communities; Children’s literature; Concepts of educational justice and exploring policy in practice. Educational cultures and re/creating cultures. The experience of educational research for the student; Diversity, equality and inclusion issues in education; Approaches to difficult and controversial issues in primary education; Citizenship and PSHE in primary education; Relationships and sex education (primary); Religious education and children’s spirituality; The pedagogy of Holocaust education in the primary year education studies; Widening participation, first generation and non-traditional students in higher education

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
70 months
full time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Stephen Parker
01905 54 2165