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PhD opportunities in Education at Brunel University London

About the Programme

Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time

Welcoming environment for research students

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. We work closely with our PhD candidates and supervisors to ensure that our PhD students get exceptional experience and achieve excellence in their research. We particularly welcome students who have a solid academic background in relevant subject fields, evidenced by their past grade performance.

Research areas

The academic members of staff in the Department of Education conduct research on a range of topics , covering school education, vocational, professional and higher education, and adult education and lifelong learning. Informed by a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, including philosophy, sociology and educational theory, the research contributes to national and international discussions and developments in educational research, and makes a significant impact on education policy and practice, in the UK and further afield.
Our research focuses on two areas in particular. One has to do with education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; the other with pedagogy, policy and professional education, including the education of teachers. Applications are welcomed from well qualified candidates interested in developing high level research skills and applying them to theoretical and practical educational issues. Areas of study include (but are not restricted to):
• Pedagogy and learning
• Specific curriculum areas, including: science, mathematics, English and physical education
• ICT and education
• Teachers' (and related professionals') professional learning
• Students' perspectives on schooling
• The nature and value of educational theory
• Social justice and education
• Educational leadership and management
• Equity and inclusion in education
• The impact if education policies on educational practice and outcomes

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Mode of study – Part time
The EdD is targeted at senior professionals with a responsibility for learning within their organisation. They may be schoolteachers or college/university lecturers but they may also be working in professions allied to medicine and social care, nursing or other public sector occupations such as the police and fire service. There will be six weekend study schools (Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon) in the first and second years of the programme (two per term) with the number reducing to three per year for years 3, 4 and 5.

Find out more

Working with your supervisory team
Research environment for PhD students
Life as a research student at Brunel University London

How to apply

Further information about the PhD and the application process can be found here:
PhD Education: and
Doctor of Education (EdD)


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Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)

How good is research at Brunel University London in Education?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.20

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

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

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