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Research degrees

Applications for 2021/22 entry are now open!
  • The application deadline is Monday 11th January, 11:30pm.
  • A second applications window for 2021/22 entry opens in March but applicants are strongly advised to apply in the earlier window.
  • Applications are for October 2021 entry. January 2022 entry is also considered in exceptional circumstances. Other start dates are not considered.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for ESRC DTP studentships or any of the university funding schemes should submit their applications to the Education Studies Department by 12 noon UK time on 14th December 2020 in order to receive feedback on the application.

Education Studies welcomes world class applicants who have a commitment to educational research and challenge, improve and question education in its many forms.

We offer three postgraduate research programmes:

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 provide a thriving graduate association programme of workshops, social events, seminars and an annual research conference. The University also offers extensive advice for PhD and research students looking for funding here.

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.. 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.

Multidisciplinary Research Degrees

Education Studies is working closely with other disciplines from across Warwick on joint research and teaching initiatives such as Theatre Studies, Economics, Politics and International Studies and Applied Linguistics . we welcome Research Students who wish to pursue multidisciplinary research by supporting joint supervision with another Warwick department.

Entry Requirements

  • MPhil/PhD: You will normally need a Masters degree
  • EdD: Offered part time only. Candidates are normally expected to hold a good honours degree and have at least two years' professional experience in an educational setting. Applications from those without a good honours degree but with substantial professional experience will be considered.
  • MRes: 2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject


  • A strong, viable research proposal: This should be around 1000 words and include your research idea, what you know about this topic already and why you have a new take on it. Outline any specific research questions you might want to ask and address how you will collect data. Include timescales and any opportunities and problems you might encounter and how you might address them.
  • All Education Studies Research Courses are Band B (IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with a 7.0 in Writing). Further info on English language tests here.
  • Referees: We require two academic referees. They will be contacted by our admissions department to upload a reference directly to your application. References cannot be accepted directly from the applicant
    • As part of the selection process applicants will be invited to interview, either in person or by Skype, with a potential supervisor

    Please Note:

    • We cannot review individual eligibility before you apply.
    • Only applications complete with supporting documents by the closing date will be considered.

    The Department will allocate supervisors taking into consideration the field of the application. Therefore it is not necessary for you to identify or contact a potential supervisor.

    Supporting Documents

    After sending your application you will receive an email from the Postgraduate Admissions Team with instructions on uploading your supporting documents. You will be required to submit these in hard copy if you are made an offer

    This will include your:

    • Research Proposal (Must be submitted before the application deadline)
    • Your degree transcript(s), including details of any modules you have yet to complete (Must be submitted before the application deadline)
    • References (Must be submitted before the application deadline)
    • English language certificate (if applicable) (Can be submitted after the application deadline)

    Application Deadline

    Please note that we do not make decisions on admissions to the programme until after the closing date.


    Information about fees can be found here. Please consider your additional costs such as field work expenses and other research expenses (e.g. publication costs, seminar/conference costs and other travel).


    There are various funding opportunities available through the University of Warwick including the Chancellors International Scholarship and Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Midlands Graduate School. See full list of scholarships available here.

    Contact us

    All Postgraduate Research 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: