PhD in Education and Social Justice

This unique PhD in Education and Social Justice (by thesis and coursework) is a part-time structured PhD programme that is undertaken entirely online, over 4 years.

It provides a well-defined and supported route to a PhD for people around the world. The programme is designed so that participants can study entirely from home and whilst in full or part-time employment.

Key information

Accordion

Find out what our graduates say about studying on our PhD programmes

PhD in Education and Social Justice graduates

Several students have published journal articles arising from their module asssignments and theses.

Examples of publications arising from ESJ programme

How to Apply

The next start date is 1st October, 2023.

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.

Preference will be given to applicants who have degrees in cognate areas (normally social science).

As this is a PhD by coursework and thesis we do not require a research proposal at this stage, but your Personal Statement (max 1,000 words) should outline your potential research interests and purposes and also explain why you wish to join this programme and how you hope to benefit from it. Please see the "What to include" tab for further information.

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.

The next start date is 1st October, 2023.

Typical Cohort Number: 30

Initial Closing date for applications: 28th February, 2023.

Please note that any applications received prior this date will be held for consideration during March/April 2023.

Applications received after the end of February will be considered on a first come-first-served basis until the Cohort is full.

Please visit Applying for postgraduate study to apply.

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: Postgraduate Admissions Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Lancaster University LANCASTER LA1 4YL

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880 Fax: +44 (0)1524 510857 E-mail: fass-pg-admissions@lancaster.ac.uk

As this is a PhD by coursework and thesis we do not require a research proposal at this stage, but your Personal Statement (max 1,000 words) should outline your potential research interests and purposes and also explain why you wish to join this programme and how you hope to benefit from it.

Personal statement

This should contain the following:

  • A statement of reasons for applying for this programme in particular;
  • A statement of how you will benefit from this programme;
  • A statement about your work experience trajectory and how it relates to the kind of research you are likely to undertake;
  • A statement about potential research interests and purposes.

View a list of some of the PhD theses from the ESJ programme.

PhD theses from ESJ programme

Fees and funding

The fee for each cohort is set annually by the University and represents the part-time fee for that academic year. Once a student is on the programme the fee will be increased in line with inflation for each subsequent year of the course.

The course fee for:

  • 22/23 is £4,780 per academic year, for four years minimum, for UK students and £8,550 per academic year, for four years minimum, for international students.

Fees are subject to a small increase each academic year.

To help finance your postgraduate study at Lancaster, you can apply for funding from charities and other funders: further details are available on the Fees and Funding webpage.

Applicants from the European Union can read more information about Research Fees (from Lancaster University) following the 2016 Referendum.

When you apply you will need to indicate your likely source of funding for your fees. If you are not self-funding you should investigate possible sources of finance as soon as you can for the full period of your study. Many students have been supported by their employing institutions.

Structure and modules

The programme is divided into two parts and has a modular structure. All modules are compulsory. The five modules in Part One, a thesis proposal, and the final thesis are assessed.

  • Part One (years 1 and 2) - consists of five modules that offer participants guided study in key areas of education and social justice nationally and internationally.
  • Part Two (years 3 and 4) - participants carry out an original piece of research under the supervision of a member of staff and produce a thesis (45,000 words). There is also a module aimed at supporting you in Part Two.

Whilst this programme is undertaken entirely online, the Certificate produced on successful completion of the course will say "Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Social Justice", with no mention of the mode of delivery.

Online and Distance learning

The Educational Research Department has considerable experience of supporting online and distance learners and we aim to make all our students feel that they are full members of the Department and part of the postgraduate community. Wherever possible we facilitate online participation at events and seminars organised by the Department.

All students have access to Moodle which is our Virtual Learning Environment. Many resources, for example, journal articles; required for postgraduate study, will be available online through the OneSearch facility offered by the Library. Additionally, the Library provides extra services for Distance Learners.

Visit our Computer requirements for studying online page for further information.

Rebecca Marsden is the Online Learning Support Officer for the Department of Educational Research and she can be contacted with queries about online learning.

The Learning skills webpages provide a wide range of online study opportunities across a range of topics. These include digital skills, referencing, research training and critical thinking.

Programme staff

The staff who teach and supervise programmes and modules can vary due to staff changes including research and other types of leave.

View Staff

Richard Budd

Dr Richard Budd

Lecturer in Higher Education

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Melis Cin

Dr Melis Cin

Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Justice

Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Carolyn Jackson

Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Jan McArthur

Dr Jan McArthur

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Christopher Marlow

Dr Christopher Marlow

Associate Lecturer

Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Jo Warin

Professor Jo Warin

Professor in Gender and Social Relationships in Education

Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education