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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Leadership Education Policy / Planning

Course type


Course Summary

Our PhD programme provides a route for students to carry out their own research project: an investigation that will contribute to the field of knowledge within the field of education and beyond. Research students engage with the academic community both within our department and the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and benefit from participation in the comprehensive IOE Research Training Programme. This programme is available to study both face-to-face and online.


The Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) is a large specialist research and teaching department focused on:

  • how children learn through the processes of teaching
  • the role of leadership

Research areas

The department has an international reputation for its research concerning learning, teaching and leadership, including:

  • Curriculum leadership and innovation
  • Diversity, children’s rights
  • Early literacy, numeracy and science
  • Early years and primary / elementary education
  • Education policy and system reform
  • Inspection and accountability
  • Urban education
  • Play, creativity and the arts
  • Professional learning and research informed practice
  • School improvement
  • School and educational leadership
  • Special educational needs and inclusive education
  • Teacher development and wellbeing


IOE doctoral graduates are found in a wide range of occupational fields. Career paths include education professionals in a wide range of settings, university research and lecturing, policy development and senior officer roles in government and NGOs, policy and professional roles in both the wider public sector (including health, youth work, international development) as well as in the private sector (including business and retail).

Different course options

Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 3 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a Master’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed, or a qualification of equivalent standard appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a university (or educational institution of university rank) outside the UK. The majority of our successful applicants hold a Merit at Master’s level, and may have additional relevant experience. Students without a Master’s degree who have completed the UCL PGDip in Social Science Research Methods, obtaining a grade B or above in any two or more modules, may also be considered for admission to this programme.