For admission to this programme applicants should normally have:
- a good honours degree from a British university or CNAA, and a good 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.
Preference will be given to applicants who have degrees in cognate areas (normally social science).
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.
We are currently reviewing this programme to take into account student and tutor feedback, as well as new research in the field. We anticipate making some changes to the curriculum and structure of the programme for cohorts starting in January 2021 and beyond.
Applications received for January 2021 will be held until the programme amendments have been finalised, we will then contact you to provide details of the planned changes and to check that you still wish us to consider your application.
Applications will then be considered and offers made to suitable applicants. We would hope to have made all offers by the end of May 2020.
Please apply using the online system.
The programme is now full for entry in January 2020 (CH13), the next start date is January 2021 (CH14)
Note: This programme is currently undergoing a full review. It is therefore likely that the modules and times that the modules run will be updated for the January 2021 start.
Typical Cohort Number: 30
This programme regularly receives more applications than there are places available. We would advise applicants to apply early in 2020 for January 2021 places.
Attendance at the two four-day Residential meetings in Part One of the programme are compulsory.
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.
Paper application forms can be obtained from:
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880
Fax: +44 (0)1524 510857