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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 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 confirmed our status as one of the leading Education Departments in the country, with 80% of our research activity judged to be of international standing, and 45% graded as internationally excellent and world leading.

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

Viva Congratulations, 27 October 2014

Very many congratulations to Dr Leena Kloppers on the award of PhD. Leena is a member of Cohort 3 of the Doctoral Programme in E-Research and ...Read more»

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25 November 2014, LRDG: Insights from ethnography: language learners' reading and writing in the digitized classroom

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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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