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Postgraduate Admissions

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The PhD is primarily designed to train students as independent researchers, so that on completion they can claim professional standing as university academic staff or in any other profession requiring skills in advanced research. Many students publish parts of their research after the award of their PhD or en route to it.

All doctoral students undertake a programme of planned research training over the course of their programme, and individual specialised supervision on an agreed topic. Topics could relate to any aspect of the theory, policy and practice of education and may be drawn from any stage between early education and tertiary and professional education, provided there is a suitable supervisor available with relevant expertise in the topic area. Students are also encouraged to play an active role in research seminars, and engage in opportunities for acquiring transferable skills.


Students wishing to continue to the PhD in Education from the MPhil in Education or the Master of Education are normally required to achieve a mark of merit for their MPhil or MEd dissertation.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 31, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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