Education and Social Justice (thesis and coursework) PhD - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Part time 48 Month(s)

Course Overview

Our internationally recognised, innovative PhD programme is designed for professionals, who are engaged in the promotion of social justice in or through education. Study is entirely online and part-time over a minimum of four years, providing you with a flexible yet academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating research route. The programme focuses on the issues and concerns at the heart of your professional practice and will train you as an autonomous researcher.

Working with world-leading, research-active academics, you will develop your own ideas in a structured and supportive research environment. We are wholly committed to developing future researchers through an egalitarian approach. You and your global peers will connect with programme tutors and departmental staff, benefiting from their extensive and diverse research experience and broad spectrum of interests, which reaches from end-to-end educationally; early childhood to lifelong learning.

You will also link in with our research hub, the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, which takes a multi-disciplinary approach to explorations of equity, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. Contextual settings for projects include schools, higher education, home and the workplace. The common threads of social justice and education weave us all together but are broadly interpreted to allow individual interests and areas of professional practice to come to the fore as you establish your research identity.

Part of an international group of approximately 25 PhD students who share an interest in education and social justice and have previously studied to MA level or equivalent, you will find that the programme delivers a very human, inclusive and rich learning environment that’s also surprisingly sociable.

Skills development elements such as research methodologies, critical thinking and academic writing are complemented by engagement in online forums, peer and tutor review, webinars, interactive work, and skype conversations with supervisors.

Your dynamic peer cohort will include people with diverse backgrounds, professions, interests and perspectives. Their and your professional practice will provide context as you all work to become excellent researchers in the field. And you’ll profit from the cache of resources and library of previous students’ work that’s made available to you online.

During the first two years, you’ll undertake modules covering key social justice issues, approaches and theories, as well as research methods. In years 3 and 4, you’ll move on to undertake research and write a thesis, which is produced under the close supervision of a subject expert and will contribute new knowledge to the scholarly community.

Your thesis has multiple outcomes: it builds your academic profile, results in publication of journal papers and articles and/or conference presentations, and, evidences the impact that your research may have if practically applied (for example, a past programme graduate’s thesis on Asperger syndrome led to the development of guidelines for pastoral systems in universities).

Your PhD is awarded on completion of your supervised research, a viva examination, and final thesis. It may lead to career progression or change, a move into academia, or the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity.

Key Information

Duration: 4 years, part-time

Entry requirements: A good honours degree and usually a taught Masters degree, or its equivalent

IELTS: Overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 for reading and writing and 5.5 for speaking and listening

Assessment: Combination of assessed coursework and thesis

Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.

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Full Time (per year)Part Time (per year)
UK/EU N/A £4,130
Overseas N/A £7,390



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If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

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The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.