Research community

If you join us as a student, you will be undertaking a PhD in a department that has a world class reputation for excellence in both teaching and research.

Our teaching is consistently rated as excellent by students, external examiners, and internal and external reviewers. With over 250 doctoral students we have extensive experience of successfully teaching and supervising at PhD level, both online and face-to-face. We consistently achieve very high ratings from our postgraduate students on the quality of teaching and supervision they receive.

You will be working within a thriving and friendly research community. In addition to the direct support and networking through the programme, you will also be able to participate in the Departmental Research Seminar Series, reading and writing groups and other events (as members of the audience and presenters).  Online participation is available for most events and group meetings.

Since the first Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1992 the Department has consistently been judged to be one of the best in the UK. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed us in the top six research-intensive Education departments in the UK, with 78% of our research activity graded as world leading or internationally excellent and 92% of our academic staff submitted.