About this research graduate course
The PhD is designed as a programme combining advanced research methods training and individual, supervised research, leading to an 80,000 word thesis. The thesis is expected to be a substantial original contribution to knowledge and, in principle, to have the potential to be developed into peer-reviewed publication.
Teaching and learning
The PhD programme has an Advanced Research Methods training element that is compulsory, and all students complete an Upgrade examination (a written portfolio and oral examination) in order to progress from MPhil to PhD. The research methods training takes place via online mode on Saturday mornings spread out over the first year. Students work with their supervisors on their independent projects throughout the course. We have several research student work rooms within the department with desktop computers available.
General entry requirements
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Education, any relevant Social Sciences or Humanities discipline, or another relevant discipline if justified.
A Master’s degree in Education, any relevant Social Sciences or Humanities discipline, or another relevant discipline if justified.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- With a minimum of 6.5 in the Writing component.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Our main research themes are:
- Cultural and creative learning
- School leadership and improvement
- Religions and education research
- Life sciences education
- Special needs education
- Disability research
- International development and education
Full details of our research interests are listed on the Education Studies web pages.
Find a supervisor
Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.
We have over 20 full-time academic staff members with many research strengths who could be your supervisors. Explore our Staff Research Directory where you will be able to filter by research interests.
You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
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Our Postgraduate Taught courses
- Childhood in Society (MA)
- Drama and Theatre Education (MA)
- Drama Education and English Language Teaching (MA)
- Education (MA)
- Educational Innovation (MA)
- Educational Leadership and Management (MA)
- Foundation Research Methods in Education (PGA)
- Global Education and International Development (MA)
- Islamic Education (PGA)
- Islamic Education: Theory and Practice (MA)
- Leading Educational Change and Improvement (PGA)
- Psychology and Education (MA)
Our Postgraduate Research courses
Here is our checklist on how to apply for taught postgraduate courses at Warwick.
Here is our checklist on how to apply for research postgraduate degrees at the University of Warwick.