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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Education Studies Teaching / Training (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course outline

Staffordshire University offers PhD awards in Education. Our students share and contribute to a vibrant research community that operates at the cutting edge of knowledge. Students can study through full-time, part-time or blended-learning routes, and are supervised by staff with expertise in a wide range of areas in Education.

Course content

Staffordshire University awards a PhD to candidates who have critically investigated an approved topic resulting in an independent study, making an original contribution to knowledge. They also need to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field, and present a written thesis which is to be defended by oral examination.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant area in Education. There are several routes to gaining a PhD. MPhil/PhD is the most common route for Education students. The MPhil stage usually includes a critical review of existing academic literature on the subject and often a pilot research study. This can then be written up (c 30,000 words) and successful students are awarded an MPhil. Alternatively if you decide to progress to the PhD you can do so by a short report (c5,000 words) which acts as a summary of the work done so far and a plan for the PhD itself. At Staffordshire University students can undertake an MPhil or MPhil/PhD by part-time, full-time or blended learning. Direct PhD is where the candidate already has an MPhil degree in the intended area for the PhD. Otherwise the students need to register for an MPhil leading to PhD as above. Direct PhD study can be completed by full-time, part-time or blended learning.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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