Course Overview

This PhD in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement (by thesis and coursework) is a part-time structured doctoral programme that is undertaken entirely online, over four years. The programme aims to provide an opportunity to experienced professionals to become autonomous researchers and to gain deeper and more critical insight into their own professional practices and concerns. The programme is designed for people working, or interested in, higher education with diverse experience: academics; policy makers, managers; administrators; educational developers; student learning specialists.

The programme offers a well-defined and supported route to a PhD. During the first two years participants undertake modules covering key issues for Higher Education focusing on research and practice in Higher Education policy and change, enhancing learning, teaching and assessment and evaluative practices within the Higher Education sector. In years 3 and 4 they undertake research and write a thesis supported by a supervisor. Participants benefit from studying with a strong team of international researchers, a cohort of students who act as critical friends and an informal support network during the programme that will be the basis of a continued network throughout their careers.