About the Programme

Our research aims to improve policy and practice in education locally, regionally and internationally. We invite applications for research study in any of our research strengths:  

·        Curriculum, pedagogy and learning: Our researchers have particular strengths in Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Science education, from Early Years through to Post-16.

·        Policy and professional learning: We have a strong focus on professional learning in all phases of education. Our researchers work with a wide range of education settings and systems leaders on research, professional development and curriculum development to improve practice. We also have strengths in education policy, particularly Higher Education policy, including research with a focus on widening participation in higher education and social mobility.

·        Inclusion, diversity and social justice: We research diversity and social justice from a number of perspectives, and our members have particular interests in gender, autism, disability, LGBTQ+, race and ethnicity. 

Sheffield Institute of Education  


As a research student in education, you will be affiliated with the Sheffield Institute for Education. We are a centre of excellence in education research and knowledge exchange, with expertise in curriculum and pedagogy, policy and professional learning, and diversity and social justice.

Our work is embedded in practice and delivered by working in partnership. Everything we do is informed by broad, cutting-edge research across our areas of excellence. Our funders include UK and international government departments and policy organisations, Research Councils, schools and other educational institutions, major charities, learned societies and subject associations, business, and voluntary and community organisations.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 69% of our research was rated at least internationally excellent. See our website for more information on current and past research https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/institute-of-education/research

Our doctoral programme comprises PhD provision - full-time and part-time - and a professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

Researchers in education also benefit from the Centre's involvement with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, providing a range of training, collaboration and networking opportunities for PhD researchers.

Funding notes

Scholarships may be available on a competitive basis in this area. Please visit our website for more information https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees/phd-scholarships/sheffield-institute-of-education

We are also part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership https://wrdtp.ac.uk/

How to apply

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found on our online prospectus https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/teaching-and-education/phd-education/full-time

For information on how to apply please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees

For general enquiries about our PhDs in Education please contact  

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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