Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement PhD - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Part time 48 Month(s)

Course Overview

Gain deeper insight into your professional practice, become an autonomous researcher, and learn in a stimulating virtual environment as you tackle key Higher Education issues. Our internationally recognised, innovative PhD programme draws you into a strong research culture and supports you as you establish your reputation as a skilled and published HE researcher.

Undertaken entirely online over a minimum of four years, the programme attracts a dynamic group of approx. 30 international PhD students every intake. You will engage with influential research and wider debates around policy and change, enhancing learning and teaching, and assessment and evaluation. Your learning is applied specifically to the contexts and priorities of the Higher Education environment in which you are working.

You and your global peers will connect with highly-regarded and research-active programme tutors, departmental staff, and our Higher Education Research and Evaluation research hub. You will benefit from extensive and diverse research experience and a broad spectrum of departmental interests, including: evaluation, disciplinary differences, policy implementation, learning and teaching in HE, discourse and literacies, and the management of change.

Our virtual community is also an invaluable circle of critical friends. They grow into an important network through your career in Higher Education research, evaluation and enhancement. You’ll also profit from a valuable cache of resources, including a library of previous students’ work, and from the huge international network of senior managers who have completed our departmental programmes over 25 years and are now directing change in their own universities.

You will find that the programme delivers a very human, inclusive and rich learning environment that’s also supportive and 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.

During the first two years, you’ll undertake three large and two smaller taught modules covering key HE 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 excellent and detailed supervision of a subject expert and will contribute new knowledge to the scholarly community.

Our publish-as-you-go assessment model sees you produce several shorter papers suitable for publication in an academic journal or for presentation to conference. It has multiple positive 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.

The programme is designed so that you can access and contribute to activities as times convenient to your employment. It equips you to be an effective and valuable change agent in your university and likely outcomes include career progression, a move into an academic post, and the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity.

Your PhD is awarded on completion of your supervised research, a viva examination and approved thesis.





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



The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

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?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

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.

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