PhD (Prof) Education

Postgraduate School of Education

A professional doctorate with an unusually broad range of available subject specialisms, based within an established School of Education.

PhD (Prof) Education

3 - 5 years

Number of Credits

180 at master's level 
360 at doctoral level 

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

PhD (Prof)

Our Curriculum

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The PhD (Prof) Education is a professional doctorate programme in education, designed to provide a structured programme of study for those working, nationally and internationally, in the educational sector.

There are two stages to the programme. Stage One is the taught component (level 7) that acts as a staged preparation for the research component, Stage Two (level 8), which is the student’s research project. Stage Two carries 360 credits and leads to a thesis of 55,000-60,000 words or equivalent for a multi-modal project.

The programme enables students to undertake a substantial piece of professionally relevant, original research which creates new knowledge at the forefront of the disciplinary field and professional practice. It promotes reflection on professional practice as well as providing opportunities for students to study the epistemology and methodology of education research at an advanced level.

How you'll learn

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry, together with the ability to effectively communicate their findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences. The programme will provide opportunities to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new education knowledge.

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Career options

The programme is intended to enable existing professionals to develop with a view to progressing into more senior positions in a wider variety of education related organisations. Transferable skills requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations are a key learning outcome for the programme.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

To be confirmed.

Specific Entry Requirements

1. A minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university in a relevant subject area, or an equivalent academic qualification, or evidence of equivalent experience and learning acquired in a professional context (it is desirable to have evidence of successful learning at level 7 but not a requirement to have a full master's.)

2. Relevant and appropriate professional experience (this could be working in education or a related field)

3. Evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English at a suitable level English Language. IELTS requirements for International Students would be aligned to those currently used at UoR:

    1. Entry to Stage 1 – 6.5 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component.

    2. Entry to Stage 2 – 7.0 overall with a minimum 6.5 in each component.

4. An outline research proposal with the potential to satisfy the criteria for the intended award. Applicants will need to outline a research project at the point of application and are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss this before making an application. It is desirable, but not essential, to have experience of conducting empirical research.

Applicants will be invited to an interview following a satisfactory review of their application form including the research proposal.


Students are advised to make contact to develop their application as early as possible in the spring so as to enable the process and ensure – where appropriate – a September enrolment. Applications for September admission will not be processed if initial enquiries are made later than the end of the preceding June.

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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Our Research

The School of Education is renowned for its high-quality teaching and research, and is one of the principal teacher training providers in the UK. To read about the research conducted by academics from Roehampton's School of Education, please visit the departmental research pages.