How to apply

Please apply using the Online system

The next start date is 1st January, 2021 (CH14). The January 2020 Cohort (CH13) is now full. (13/06/2019)

This programme regularly receives more applications than there are places available. We would advise applicants to apply early in 2020 for January 2021 places.


The first year residential dates for our 2020 intake are 30th March - 2nd April, 2020
The second year residential dates for our 2020 are 23rd - 26th March, 2021


The first year residential dates for our 2021 intake are 22nd - 25th March, 2021
The second year residential dates for our 2021 intake are still be arranged. 

Entry Requirements

For admission to this version of the programme applicants should normally have:

  • a good honours degree from a British university or CNAA, and usually a taught Master's degree; or
  • qualifications of a comparable standard from a university or recognised degree awarding body in another country.

The programme does not assume any previous research training but those admitted should normally have relevant professional experience.  Applicants should normally have at least three years' experience of teaching, research or administration in an educational institution or similar experience from a commercial or industrial training context.

Language proficiency

Applicants will need to have an acceptable fluency in written and spoken English.

For students whose first language is not English, an English Language Test Certificate will be required, that is, IELTS Academic with an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 for reading and writing.

Further information can be found at: English Language Requirements.

To Apply

Please apply using the Online system. As this is a PhD by coursework and thesis we do not require a research proposal at this stage, but you should explain why you wish to join the programme and how you hope to benefit from it.

As noted above, you must also supply, or link to, an example of academic writing you have already done - for a previous qualification, a publication or a document you prepared in your professional role.

Alternatively, application forms can be obtained from:

Postgraduate Admissions
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880
Fax: +44 (0)1524 510857