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Full time | City South Campus, Edgbaston | 3 years | SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Our Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) is active in a wide range of research in education policy and practice, and engages in education research across all age phases, from Early Years, through Primary and Secondary Schools, to FE and Post-16, Higher Education and lifelong learning.

What's covered in the course?

Research students in Education will join a thriving research community and be part of one of the University’s Research Centres of Excellence.
We offer supervision for study either part-time or full-time towards a PhD degree.
If you are accepted for a PhD, there is a University-wide taught course in research methodologies, and you will be assigned to a director of studies, and at least one second supervisor will also be appointed.
You will have access to a dedicated research room for postgraduate researchers
You’re encouraged to publish in collaboration with your supervisors and to take part in research conferences and events.

Research interests

Areas of interest in which staff are currently active include:

Childhood Studies
Early Years
Post-16 Provision
Education Policy
Music Education
Professional Learning and Development
Workplace Learning
Student experience in Higher Education
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Management and Leadership in Higher Education
Historical Research into education

We welcome applications in these and other areas of expertise in education.

Employment Opportunities

The PhD award from Birmingham City University is a well-established and valued professional qualification within the education sector. Typical careers include school management, working in further or higher education, or educational consultancy.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Applications for research degrees are normally assessed by interview using the following criteria: That the Faculty is able to provide the appropriate supervisory expertise and resources for the proposed topic; That the proposed research seems likely to satisfy the academic requirements of a research degree; That the proposed research is feasible in practical terms; That you seem likely to be able to cope with the academic demands of a research degree.