Who is this programme for?
To be accepted onto the programme you must have a current role in a higher education context. This role is very broadly defined – for example teaching, research, professional services; leadership and management, educational/academic development. Please also check that you meet the entry requirements.
You will also enjoy this programme if you want to be involved in residentials at Lancaster four times a year, meeting and discussing research issues in person with other programme participants and with the Department’s specialists in higher education. Departmental research events are frequently timed to coincide with these residentials and so you will more easily be able to attend these in person.
Current programme participants and alumni are from a range of higher contexts and roles from all the world’s continents. Some participants come from organizations which are not themselves higher education institutions but they have professional roles which support such institutions or do work which is post-school. Examples include educational work for zoos, the British Council and private bodies which deliver higher education in very specific areas of study.
You will find that the participants’ mix of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives adds to your own understanding of the sector and gives you a rich resource of ideas for your own research.
Please visit our Recent PhD vivas page to see the range of thesis topics arising from this programme.
Alumni of the programme have gone on to occupy influential positions in the community of higher education researchers, managers, practitioners and policy makers. For the 20th anniversary of the programme we collected profiles of some Doctoral Programme alumni and current students.