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Research degrees

The Centre for Education Studies welcomes suitably-qualified applicants who have a keen interest in educational research in its many forms and would like to take this interest to a higher level. Find out more about our research areas of expertise here.

Here at the University of Warwick we pride ourselves on the experienced supervisors we have in place to support your research. We organise monthly supervision meetings and research training, and we provide a thriving graduate association programme of workshops, social events, seminars and an annual research conference. For those who are keen to present their papers at conferences, we can offer support for this, and anything we cannot help with, you should be able to find through the Warwick Graduate School. We also understand the need for a calm and quiet study environment, and offer a private study room exclusively for research students. The University also offers extensive advice for PhD and research students looking for funding here.

The Centre for Education Studies works closely with other departments from across the University and actively collaborates in research and teaching. We actively encourage proposals which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and where possible, support supervision across departments.

Our research students develop a range of skills during their studies with us which enables them to develop their existing careers and to develop the skills and experiences needed to take up new career directions. In addition to the major task of refining research skills and writing their research degree thesis, students are advised to write papers for conference and publications and to present at their own conference. Many of our graduate research students have gone on to take up more senior roles in their organstions as well as new careers; for example, academic and academic roles in universities. Research students are supported by Warwick's Student Careers and Skills and there is a university wide programme for research students wishing to teach in higher education.

We offer three postgraduate research programmes:

Entry Requirements

You will normally need a Masters degree to apply. We welcome both home and international students and can support work in many areas including: childhood; drama; leadership and innovation; literacy; mathematical education; new technology; pedagogy; religious education; and special educational needs within different sectors of education.

Entry in 2019/20: All Education Studies Research Courses are Band A (IELTS 6.5 with no component below 6.0). You can see all English Language tests here.


The registration period for a full-time research degree is four years and part-time is seven years. Fees are charged for three years for a full-time research degree and five years for a part-time research degree. The remainder of the time is not charged, but you will remain registered during the submission and examination period. Further information about fees can be found here.


The University of Warwick is part of the Midlands Graduate School, an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership established in 2016 and is one of 14 such Partnerships in the UK.

The Midlands Graduate School offers 17 different training pathways that span various social science disciplines; several postgraduate studentships will be awarded annually across the pathways and institutions. One such pathway at the University of Warwick is the ‘Education’ pathway and prospective students may be eligible to apply for funding for our PhD/MPhil programme.

For more information about the Midlands Graduate School and the application process, please see the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP website

Multidisciplinary Research Degrees

The Centre for Education Studies is working closely with other disciplines from across Warwick on joint research and teaching initiatives. This includes departments such as Theatre Studies, Economics, Politics and International Studies and Applied Linguistics among others. Building on this collaborative work, we welcome Research Students who wish to pursue multidisciplinary research by supporting joint supervision with another Warwick department. Please contact the Director of Research Degree Students in the first instance to discuss a multidisciplinary research degree.

Contact us

To discuss a prospective application and/or queries concerning ESRC funding, please contact:
Dr Michael Wyness, Director of Research Degree Students, Warwick DTP Education Pathway Co-ordinator

All other enquiries can be directed to:
educationresearch at warwick dot ac dot uk


I really enjoy studying in Warwick, cooperating with experienced teachers and creative peers, inspired by excellent ideas from different culture and context.
Xuemeng Cao, PhD Candidate

Funding and Scholarships

See the Graduate School Website for the latest details of scholarships and funding opportunities available from the University of Warwick.

The main schemes available to potential Education PhD students include: