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Open PhD (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years


The Open PhD offers a transdisciplinary approach while offering a wide range of subject areas around social studies and education. The University of Warwick's Centre for Lifelong Learning will support you with tailored guidance throughout your research studies.


This open PhD provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research in any field within the Centre for Lifelong Learning. We support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects linked to one or more of our main research themes.

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Research proposal guidance


Our main research themes and areas are:

  • Career development studies
  • Coaching
  • Counselling
  • Early childhood
  • Education
  • Lifelong learning
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social policy
  • Social studies
  • Social work

The above is not an exclusive list of research areas and you are free to propose additional topics or themes.


We provide a pleasant PhD study room and dedicated personal tutor support in addition to the supervisory team. A combined staff and student seminar programme provides a collegiate forum for sharing and discussing current topics and ideas.


Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or a good Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Supported by a good research proposal (2500 words)

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.