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About the Programme


Change lives and shape futures with a PhD in Education.


At the Manchester Institute of Education we're committed to addressing social justice, and to enabling evidence informed educational change through both our scholarly activities and our collaborative partnerships with professionals.


As a doctoral candidate, you'll join a friendly and supportive research community, opportunities to interact with other students and staff, and the encouragement to make a real impact with your research.

We invest in the best ideas and brightest mind sand you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop into an intellectual leader.

Our research groups

Our research contributes to improvements in the quality of education for students, their families and communities in educational settings throughout the world.

We have four main research themes:
• Critical Education Policy and Leadership
• Critical Pedagogies and Maths Education
• Disadvantage and Poverty
• Education and Psychology

Find out more about our education research themes

You can explore more about our PhD and professional doctorate programmes on our course profiles:
• PhD Education
• PD Counselling Psychology
• DEdChPsy Educational and Child Psychology

Funding your research

We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 10 February 2020 are automatically considered for this funding.

If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC, and will need to have applied for a programme by 27 January 2020 in order to meet the funding deadline of 3 February 2020, 5pm GMT. Please check the studentship page for further details.

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Developing intellectual leaders

We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.

You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:

  • Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events.

We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  • Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
  • Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
  • Exchanges and placements at partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at The University of Manchester in Education?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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