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Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

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There are three MPhil/ PhD programmes available, all of which can be undertaken Full or Part time:

  1. MPhil / PhD - Education Research

  2. MPhil / PhD - Interdisciplinary Policy Studies

  3. MPhil/ PhD - Language, Discourse & Communication - option of joint study with Hong Kong University/ National University of Singapore

The School welcomes high quality MPhil/PhD applications to our MPhil/PhD Programme.

We have three Research Centres with a thriving and internationally esteemed research community within each. As part of the school you will be involved in one or more of the research centres. You can find out more about each research centre at these addresses:

Supporting your application

To apply, you should have very good qualifications and a clear research idea. There are several steps to follow:

1) Identify a potential supervisor, referring to our staff webpages, and then email him or her, providing information about your background, qualifications and a draft research proposal.

2) If your potential supervisor encourages you, have a look at the full range of studentships here.

3) If you are applying for a scholarship, as well as writing your studentship application – the ‘Case for Support’ – you need to apply for an ordinary/non-funded doctoral place through the online admissions portal:  You’ll need to include a research proposal in the ordinary application, but do note the difference between this and the Studentship Case for Support.  The CfS form asks specific questions and you can’t use more than 2 sides of A4.

4) Start working on the funded studentship application forms well before the deadline. Your potential supervisor can discuss your studentship proposal with you, but she/he will need the time to do so. You will also need to contact your referees to ensure that you have their references in time. 

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