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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. We were rated in the top 100 Education Departments worldwide in the 2014 QS World University rankings.

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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 Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 put us in the top 15 departments nationally, with 78% of our research activity graded as internationally excellent or 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

Natasa Lackovic gives seminar on Inquiry Graphics in Edinburgh, 7 January 2015

Natasa Lackovic was invited by the RTEN (Research-led teacher Education Network) group to give a seminar at the Moray House School of Education, U ...Read more»

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Today's Events

1.00-2.00 pm: LRDG, 27 January: How do I: Get my first paper published? Apply for a research grant?

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What our graduates say

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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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