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Welcome to the Department of Educational Research

We conduct theoretically-informed, methodologically rigorous and socially relevant research into education. Our three Research Centres – in the areas of Higher Education, Technology-Enhanced Learning, and Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education – are internationally recognised for the excellence and originality of their research. They offer world leading PhD programmes that are specifically designed to support students undertaking research in their areas of expertise.

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Study for a PhD

We offer part-time PhD doctoral programmes in the following areas:

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Research Excellence

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.

Centres of Research Excellence

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation

Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning

Researching Equity, Access and Participation

Latest News

Sue Cranmer co-ordinates international symposium on scaling up classroom innovation, 8 July 2015

Sue Cranmer and Cathy Lewin from Manchester Metropolitan University coordinated an international symposium entitled: Scaling up digital pedagogy and i ...Read more»

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We hold frequent Department seminars involving external speakers, department staff and research students.

Many of these are available to view or listen to online

Our Publications

Recent publications by members of the Department.

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