Research is a strongly supported, central element in the Department of Education: publication and dissemination to academic and professional communities are integral parts of our activity. We offer several options for Postgraduate study.

Research Centres

Research activities are undertaken in four centres, all of which have their own unique research climate and focus:

All Centres welcome enquiries from potential visiting scholars.

Research projects

Creative Connections


 Creative Connections is a three-year collaborative research project involving six partner universities (UoR is the lead partner) and 26 schools that began in January 2012. It is funded with support (400,000 euros) from the European Commission under the Comenius scheme (EACEA-517844). creative connections
 lifelong learning  Creative Connections aims to explore ways of increasing transnational understanding in Europe’s young people and children. This is a collaborative study involving six European partners including: Charles University, Prague; Instituto Politecnico Viana do Castelo, Portugal; The University of Lapland, Finland; The University of Barcelona, Spain; National College of Art and Design Ireland, and is led by The University of Roehampton. The six partner countries will work together to give a new emphasis to the ‘voice of the child’ through art, citizenship and digital media.


Principal Investigator: Dr Mary Richardson with Fiona Collins, Susan Ogier and Miles Berry

Postgraduate Study and Research: MPhil or PhD in Education

A PhD thesis should make a distinct contribution to knowledge and be based on an original piece of work. A PhD is gained through the successful completion of a thesis and an oral examination. The maximum length of a PhD is 100,000 words and for an MPhil it is 60,000 words.

A PhD can be studied full-time or part-time. All students register for an MPhil and transfer to a PhD after they have successfully completed an upgrade paper and passed their upgrade viva. Normally the upgrade takes place after 9 months for full-time students or 12 months for part-time students. Students have a supervisory team which comprises experienced researchers with a successful record of doctoral supervision. The supervisory team includes a Director of Studies and a co-supervisor.

Doctoral students are an important part of the research culture in the School of Education; each student is allocated a Research Centre and expected to attend its seminars and other research activities. Students are also encouraged to attend other seminars that take place in the School or across the University. There are also opportunities for research students to do some teaching. Research training is provided by the Graduate School and there is a Masters in Social Research. Work space is available for all doctoral students on the Froebel campus.

Who is a PhD for?

The PhD allows you the opportunity to develop your own thesis and to develop a range of research skills as well as other generic skills during your studies. PhD students come from all walks of life and include recent graduates as well as mature graduates, teachers, education professionals, those just beginning their career and others in senior positions within their profession.
Applicants should have a good first degree and a Masters related to education. The School welcomes PhD applications which correspond to the research interests and expertise of staff. These include: early childhood studies; music; philosophy; sociology; policy; social justice; and inclusion. More information can be found on the School’s Research Centres [names] and Paulo Freire Institute webpages [link].

For more information please contact:

Research Degrees Convenor:
Professor Lorella Terzi

General Enquiries 
Please email edu_rsrb@roehampton.ac.uk

Funding opportunities

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is supporting studentships (PhD and Master’s) at the University of Roehampton through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership


TECHNE is an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), a Consortium of 7 higher education institutions, including the University of Roehampton, based in London and the South-East of the UK.

Over 5 years (2014-2019), TECHNE will award around 176 PhD studentships and 25 Master’s studentships at one of its partner institutions. The other partners are: Royal Holloway University of London (co-ordinator), Brighton University, Kingston University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, and the University of the Arts London.

Three of the research centres within the School of Education at the University of Roehampton are able to offer opportunities through the DTP. These are:

Applied Music Research Group (AMRG)

Early Childhood Research Centre (ECRC)

Philosophy of Education

Please visit the links above for further information or contact the Research Degrees Convener in the School of Education, Professor Suzy Harris.