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Research Opportunities in the Department of Education


  Department of Education


About the Programme

Join one of our four research centres and benefit from a department with a network of academic contacts and regular seminars and events to support you as you follow your passion. You can propose your own topic of research, or choose one from a range of predefined PhD projects.

We offer and contribute to a number of degree programmes:

Why us?

  • We have the 9th highest proportion of research designated as “world-leading” (Research Excellence Framework 2014) in the UK.
  • We're part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, giving you access to first-class training in research and transferable skills.

York has a vibrant research community led by enthusiastic and experienced staff. Our research is based around four research centres:

Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU)

The Centre's work focuses around a number of key themes including bilingualism; classroom-based language learning; computer-assisted language learning; psycholinguistic approaches; language teacher education and second language acquisition. 

Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC)

PERC conducts innovative and applied psychological research relevant to education and educational settings. The Centre's specialisms include genetics in education; student and teacher motivation, emotions and personality; mental health and wellbeing; RCTs and educational evaluation; and typical and atypical language development.

Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ)

The Centre's themes include gender and sexuality; race, faith and identity; social class and mobility; inequalities and higher education; literacy, literature and creativity; pedagogical approaches to social justice; and citizenship values and activism.

University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG)

The researchers working in UYSEG aim to improve the quality of science education through supporting curriculum development in science education; promoting effective learning of science concepts, investigating attitudes, participation and engagement in science and evaluating the practices of science teachers. In particular, UYSEG seeks to integrate high quality resources into curriculum materials for use in schools. UYSEG's current Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) project is developing resources for use in high schools with students aged 11-16. 

What next?

Check that your research interests align with the expertise of our staff. Once you've identified two potential supervisors, read our notes for how to write your proposal and how to apply for a programme.

Contact us

+44 (0)1904 323455


Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

How good is research at University of York in Education?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 22.30

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

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