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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB-21

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Our research strengths lie in curriculum studies, early years, leadership and diversity in education, learning for sustainability and professional development. We also have expertise in education policy, extremism and education and values in education.

The School of Education and Humanities provides a stimulating and supportive environment with a blend of extensive professional expertise in different learning contexts, spanning early years to higher education.

Join a strong education research community of over 30 academic staff with different supervisory specialisms. Progress your knowledge and skills with engaged researchers who are pushing forward new knowledge and professional practice. Explore strengths in curriculum studies, early years, leadership and diversity in education, and professional development

As a research degree candidate, you will be supported by a supervisory team with expertise in your subject and/or research approach. A research degree deepens your understanding of your own professional practice and may open the door to work in fulltime research and higher education.

Research Environment

Our research environment has strong national and international links. This active background means that research students, whether studying full-time or part-time, join a group of engaged researchers involved in pushing forward both new knowledge and professional practice.

You are encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences and, in the latter stages of your research, present your ideas and receive feedback at such events.

The university also fosters publication opportunities, where, with the help of your supervisors, you may want to submit journal articles as part of your researcher development.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

Research Areas

Some of our recent research includes:

the application of constructivist learning theory to homework practice
how coursework and exam-based study affect the learning of pupils in secondary science education
primary trainee teachers’ choice of mathematical examples for learning and the relationship with mathematics subject knowledge
pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning in science and environmental education within Initial Teacher Education
the role of support workers in the learning of students with disabilities in higher education

We may also be able to offer you effective supervision for cross-disciplinary projects that link to a range of other disciplines such as psychology, management and health.

Tuition fees

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£ 10,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Gloucestershire

  • University League Table

    97th

  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

Diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Exceptional one-to-one support, with Helpzones on every campus.
Wide array of scholarships and awards for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 81 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    122 61%

    40th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%

    25th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.23 85%

    16th

    32

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