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    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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PhDs in Education and Lifelong Learning at a leading university

UEA's postgraduate degree programmes in the School of Education & Lifelong Learning are designed to examine and improve local, national and international education. They are ideal for any researcher who works or hopes to work in education, at a university renowned for the quality of its research – ranking 10th in the UK for the quality of its research outputs in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). UEA is also a World Top 200 university (THE World University Rankings 2020) and is proud to support its postgraduate students through the UEA Doctoral College, which strives to create a nurturing environment to help students achieve their goals. 

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK's premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. We maintain excellent partnerships with regional schools, college and adult education groups, as well as with governments and universities internationally.

Research culture

Doctoral research degree programmes (PhD, EdD, EdPsyD) in the School of Education & Lifelong Learning are designed as independent studies at the highest level to meet the needs of individuals working or wishing to work in an educational setting. They are meant to investigate, challenge and aid improvements in local, national, and international educational environments. Our research students are valued members of the school and are encouraged to be attached to one fo the Research Domains outlined below, and to take an active role in shaping the research culture and environment. T

Research Domains and supervisory expertise
Research in the School is organized around three key educational Domains. Each Domain contains a number of specialist foci as well as active research groups. Research students will draw on the expertise of staff in these domains. Applicants are encouraged to consult the research expertise and interests page to find the right primary supervisor for their area of research.

1.Pedagogy, Curriculum and Professional Learning (PCPL) Contact: Prof Elena Nardi & Prof Terry Haydn

This domain has a focus on the research-led development and delivery of key curriculum areas across all sectors of educational activity and the development of school leadership and knowledge transfer. A key theme across this domain is the development and support of applied and practice-based research. Mathematics education; English & History curriculum and pedagogy; Sport, health and physical education; TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); Teacher education (in English & other foreign languages); Lesson Learning Studies are specialist areas.

2. International Education and Social Change (IESC) Contact: Prof Anna Robinson-Pant & Prof Yann Lebeau

The domain, with its focus on education policies and practices in the Global South hosts the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation. As well as extensive work with higher education in international contexts, this domain has an international focus both methodologically and theoretically and in relation to the work undertaken by members. Lifelong learning, adult literacy, community learning, international development, internationalisation and HE, HE policy in the international context, minority groups and mobility, widening participation in HE are specialist areas.

3. Lifelong Learning Cultures (LLC) Contact: Dr Esther Priyadharshini & Dr Harry Dyer

The domain brings together a range of methodological and theoretical expertise that explores the broader cultural contexts in which education, both formal and informal, takes place. An interest in gender, technologies, social media, public pedagogies, and popular culture characterises this domain. Informal learning in a range of communities and contexts, childhood/youth cultures and identities, digital and popular cultures, educational futures are specialist areas.

Website page: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees
Social Sciences Graduate School: https://www.uea.ac.uk/social-sciences/graduate-school

Funding Notes

PhD opportunities in this programme have competitive funding (SeNSS DTP or UEA Social Science Faculty based) attached. Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Please read the full programme details on the website for further information.

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