Please look at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences How to apply page for more information on how to apply for a place as an Educational Research (Independent Study) student.
Alternatively, application forms can be obtained from:
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880
Fax: +44 (0)1524 510857
Overseas applicants may be required to have a telephone interview, with either the Director of the Doctoral Programme for Traditional Route Research students or the potential supervisor, in order to discuss their submitted application.
For admission to this version of the 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.
- IELTS: Overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 for reading and writing and 5.5 for speaking and listening.
All applications for postgraduate research must be supported by a written proposal (see "What to include" section for details). This will give us a clear idea of your interests, will help us assess your ability to successfully complete a PhD and will help us to identify an appropriate supervisor for you. You should give a clear, academically sound, description of the area that you want to work in and the type of research that you are interested in undertaking, indicating which supervisor(s) are likely to match your research interests, after reading the individual profiles of the academic staff. We recognise that this may change later, as you begin the research and read more about the field.
Guidelines on writing a postgraduate research proposal
Your proposal should be between 1500 and 2000 words in length, excluding the bibliography. Please write under the following headings. Proposals in other formats will be returned for amendment.
Give your proposal a meaningful, provisional title that summarises your area of interest and your planned programme of study.
Identify the main research question(s) that you will be asking. These should be succinct, researchable and significant. Bullet points are usually best.
Explain how your questions are different from those asked by others, drawing on a brief review of the relevant research literature. You should show that you are familiar with the main literature in the field you are interested in.
Explain the core concepts that will underpin your research, drawing as necessary on prior theories, reviews of the literature, policy discussion or your own experiences. Set out what the concepts mean, how they relate to each other, and how they will influence your research: considering the design, data collection, analysis and reporting of your research as appropriate.
Research Design & Methods
Please describe the research design of your study, including the who, what, where and why of your research plan. Briefly describe the method(s) that you will use to answer your research questions (such as library based, conceptual or empirical methods). Show why this is an appropriate design to answer your research questions.
Significance of your Research
Describe the contribution that you consider this research will make. Identify the implications of your research for existing educational knowledge, theories, policy or practice. Try to say what difference your research could make to any of these.
Alignment with Department
Please indicate how your proposed work will align with one or more of the Department’s three research centres—where possible identifying how your work fits particular centre research themes. Each department research centre has a set of research themes: see the websites of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, and the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning for more information. Explain how your project will contribute to the priorities identified under the theme heading, and where possible how your work will benefit from work already going on in the centre. Your work can be aligned with only one research centre, or several, but please explain the points of alignment in words rather than providing a list of themes.
Please include a detailed timetable that shows how the research design can be managed within a three year time period (or a 5 year period for part time students). You should explain what you will be doing during your period of registration to progress the research.
List some of the main written sources on which your research will be based.
You can apply to begin your research degree in October or January, but it is preferable to start in October if you can, as it is easier for you to find accommodation and to attend the Research Training Programme support courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) in a sensible order.