Who is this programme for?

To be accepted onto the programme you must have a current role in a higher education context. This role is very broadly defined – for example teaching, research, professional services; leadership and management, educational/academic development.  Please also check that you meet the entry requirements

You will also enjoy this programme if you want to be involved in residentials at Lancaster four times a year, meeting and discussing research issues in person with other programme participants and with the Department’s specialists in higher education. Departmental research events are frequently timed to coincide with these residentials and so you will more easily be able to attend these in person.

Current programme participants and alumni are from a range of higher contexts and roles from all the world’s continents. Some participants come from organizations which are not themselves higher education institutions but they have professional roles which support such institutions or do work which is post-school. Examples include educational work for zoos, the British Council and private bodies which deliver higher education in very specific areas of study.

You will find that the participants’ mix of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives adds to your own understanding of the sector and gives you a rich resource of ideas for your own research.  

Please visit our Recent PhD vivas page to see the range of thesis topics arising from this programme and our What our graduates say page to find out more about recent PhD graduates across the Department.

Alumni of the programme have gone on to occupy influential positions in the community of higher education researchers, managers, practitioners and policy makers.  For the 20th anniversary of the programme we collected profiles of some Doctoral Programme alumni and current students.

Deborah Anderson

Deborah Anderson

Cohort 9 Year of Graduation: 2009 Thesis Title: “Professional Learning in the Workplace: A case study in higher education.”

I applied to the PhD because I wanted to underpin my teaching with rigorous research principles. As a former marketing practitioner (not an academic), I felt it was important to gain academic credibility with colleagues and it seemed logical to make teaching practice the subject of my studies. The experience at Lancaster was transformational both professionally and in terms of friendships. The residentials established strong links between staff and students and provided a true sense of belonging which helped motivate everyone on the course. Since graduating I have continued to have a teaching focus, but have developed a thread of research into teaching practice which has led recently to promotion to Associate Professor and to the award of a National Teaching Fellow, achievements I could not have done without the PhD.

Lawrence Chauke

Lawrence Chauke

Cohort 19. Thesis title: Fit for the purpose? An evaluation of a national specialist training program: the Fellowship of the Colleges of Medicines of South Africa (CMSA).

Dr Hlengani Lawrence Chauke is a gynaecologyst and obstetrician and Clinical Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.