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Overview

Studying for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with the UEL School of Education and Communities will push you to the limit - and you'll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff.

Research at the School of Education and Communities is innovative and responsive to the diverse educational needs of communities: in our own east London community, the rest of the UK, and internationally.

Our main research interests are: early childhood policy and practice, learning and teaching, language and diversity, work-based learning, teacher education, race and community, education equality issues, comparative education, professional education, social work knowledge and practice and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

What makes this course different

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62% of research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'

According to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 62% of our academic work was rated as 'World-leading' or 'Internationally excellent'.

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Opportunity to be published

All our doctoral students in education are given the opportunity to be published in our bi-annual periodical, Research in Teacher Education.  This publication offers a forum for informed debate and discussion on all aspects of teacher education.  The periodical seeks to stimulate, provoke and extend discussion and debate with all professionals involved in the professional development of teachers. ‌

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100% student satisfaction (PRES 2021) with our courses and teaching

Overall student satisfaction has been over 90% across our postgraduate courses as reflected across two national postgraduate surveys (PRES 2021 & PTES 2021) showcasing the excellent academics and value in doctoral studies at UEL.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

UEL offers two main research degrees: the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 

  • PhD via MPhil

The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete. Students enrolled in full-time mode of study will transfer from the MPhil to a PhD usually at the two year stage or equivalent for part-time study.

  • MPhil

The Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) is a Master's level research degree programme which takes a minimum of 24 months (full-time) 48 months (part-time) to complete.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

  • PhD Direct

A PhD direct is aimed at postgraduate students who already have an MPhil (Masters of Philosophy) or MRes (Masters by Research) qualification, and takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

  • PhD via Publication

The publication route to a PhD is mainly intended for UEL postgraduate students or staff, based on their published academic output. Each application is considered separately on its own merits.

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This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

MODULES

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MPhil, PhD via MPhil or PhD Direct course.

You don't have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it's a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research, and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.

Other important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.

View  a list of previous students' thesis topics.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach Portal.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

PhD via MPhil

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

MPhil

At the end of your MPhil, you will be required to submit a 40,000 word thesis which outlines your research findings. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

PhD direct

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.